20 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Santa Barbara, California Story

By William Stanto

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Introduction

20 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Santa Barbara, California Story

Santa Barbara, known as the "American Rivera," is a picture-perfect paradise nestled between the rolling...

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Thing to do 1

Have fun on the Cabrillo Bike Path

Cabrillo Blvd is a gorgeous pedestrian pathway stretching 4.5 miles along the Pacific coastline. The...

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Thing to do 2

Stroll the boardwalk at Stearns Wharf

Voted the #1 attraction in Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf is California's oldest working wood wharf....

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Thing to do 3

Enjoy the water at Santa Barbara Harbor

If you are looking for different things to do in Santa Barbara, start at the...

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Thing to do 4

Get lost in the Santa Ynez Mountains

Forming the scenic backdrop to the city of Santa Barbara (and only a 20-minute drive...

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Thing to do 5

Wine and dine along the State Street Promenade

As part of a recent urban initiative, State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara has been...

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Thing to do 6

Go wild at the Funk Zone

A visit to the Funk Zone is one of the weird things to do in...

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Thing to do 7

Escape to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

A unique thing to do in Santa Barbara is to visit the 78-acre Botanic Garden,...

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Thing to do 8

Wander the sea at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Among the cool things to do in Santa Barbara, CA, is to explore the city's...

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Thing to do 9

Smell the orchids at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Opening in 1957, the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate is a paradise, located 10 minutes from...

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Thing to do 10

Fill your belly at the Santa Barbara Public Market

Inspired by Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel, the Santa Barbara Public Market is a foodie’s...

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Thing to do 11

Be a beach bum at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park

Also known as Hendry’s Beach, Arroyo Burro Beach doubles as both Santa Barbara’s premier surf...

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Thing to do 12

Get your culture fix at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This gorgeous little museum is a gem. It is home to a collection of European,...

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Thing to do 13

Find your inner nerd at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

This unique natural history museum is one of the best things to see in Santa...

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Thing to do 14

Explore the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Sea Center

One of the unusual things to do in Santa Barbara, USA, is to visit the...

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Thing to do 15

Get drunk on the Santa Maria Wine Trolley

The Santa Maria Valley, located within Santa Barbara County, is one of the premier wine-growing...

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Thing to do 16

Chart untouched terrain at Channel Islands National Park

Visible from Santa Barbara’s harbor is Channel Islands National Park, a UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve and...

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Thing to do 17

Swim in the Red Rock Pools

Hidden within the Santa Ynez Mountains are a series of natural swimming holes occurring in...

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Thing to do 18

Be amazed by Lotusland

Once belonging to opera singer and socialite Madame Gana Walska, this intimate botanical garden is...

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Thing to do 19

Catch a show at the Lobero Theatre

The Lobero Theatre is the oldest continuously performing theatre in California. Founded in 1873 and...

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Thing to do 20

Feel the spirit at the Old Mission Santa Barbara

Founded on the Feast of Saint Barbara in 1786 by Spanish Franciscans, the Santa Barbara...

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Paradise has a name, and it is Santa Barbara. For a city of such a...

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