You love Santa Barbara. Maybe you first visited when you were a college student. Then you planned your honeymoon here, spending lazy days on the white sand beaches and evenings dining under the stars at swanky restaurants like Lucky's or the Blue Agave.
Then you had kids.
Well, chin up buttercup, we have good news for you: Santa Barbara is just as wonderful (perhaps even more so) as a family fun vacation destination! In fact, we had a difficult time limiting this list to just 10 kid-friendly activities.
So where to begin?
We believe that the perfect day with kids here starts at the beach. If it's warm enough for swimming head to Carpinteria Beach, billed as one of the world's safest beaches because there is no undertow. If it's on the chilly side, try East Beach. This is a wonderful beach because there are volleyball courts, restrooms and snacks! An onsite restaurant offers everything from pancakes to hot dogs to root beer floats.
In the afternoon, head to the Ty Warner Sea Center to learn more about marine biology or hop on the Landshark for an amphibious cruise to do some land and sea exploring. Finish your day with a trip to Kid's World at Alameda Park. After the kiddos exhaust themselves on the area's best playground, treat yourself to a little room service back at your luxurious hotel. See? Some things never change.