Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Type: Sightseeing

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Free summer movies, free flamenco shows in August, free 365-degree views of the city from the clock tower... the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a mecca of free, fun things. It's also stunning!...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Information booth Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Guided tours Mon-Sat 2pm, Mon/Tue/Fri 10:30am

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Free

  • Free Things to Do: "In the summer, free movies are shown in the sunken gardens on Friday nights. Go early to claim your spot!"
  • Romantic Things to Do: "Climb or ride to the top of the courthouse clock tower for a 360-degree view of Santa Barbara."
  • Best Attractions & Activities: "Climb or ride up to the top of the clock tower for a 360-degree view of Santa Barbara. It's completely free!"
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: There's no better place to get a view of Santa Barbara than from the top of the Courthouse clock tower.
  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Lush, tropical gardens surround the Courthouse, ideal for an afternoon picnic or some al fresco sketching.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Santa Barbara Courthouse has been called the most beautiful government building in America. You have to see it to believe it!

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