Santa Barbara Attractions

Explore world-class fun in Santa Barbara when you use our recommendations to see the city’s most popular museums, sights and famous tourist attractions. If you make it through half of these destinations you’ll have had an unforgettable time!

Garden lovers will love the floral attractions at Lotusland! Discover a 37-acre estate and botanical garden blooming in the foothills of Montecito located moments from Santa Barbara. Stroll across miles of stone pathways surrounded by a multitude of magical gardens like the aloe garden, Australian garden, blue garden, butterfly garden, cacti garden and more.

Address: Cold Springs Rd and Sycamore Canyon Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93180 - MAP
Phone: (805) 969-9990

Santa Barbara Zoo
Go wild at the Santa Barbara Zoo! This 30-acre zoo is home to over 500 animals that thrive in their recreated habitat attractions, all with a Pacific Ocean view. There’s a 16-feet tall giraffe, a penguin that wears a shoe, Duncan the dinosaur and many more amazing creatures to explore. It must be time to monkey around!

Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 - MAP
Phone: (805) 962-5339

Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Santa Barbara Adventure Company is extreme fun for everyone! Explore the city by land or sea with a company that offers coastal kayaking, bike tours, horseback riding, rock climbing, day hikes, and paragliding. Afterward, you’ll understand why the company is a number one attraction when it comes to exciting outdoor experiences.

Address: 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103 - MAP
Phone: (805) 884-9283

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Enjoy art, culture and coffee at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The nationally renowned museum features permanent and special exhibits and attractions, from American art to French Impressionism to antiquities that influence museums around the world. Enjoy coffee at the Museum Café and finding souvenirs at the museum store.

Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - MAP
Phone: (805) 963-4364

Stearns Wharf
Spend a day on a working fisherman’s wharf lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment. Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara’s prime time attraction. Surrounded by the waterfront views, visitors shop for souvenirs at Old Wharf Trading Company, dine at Moby Dick Restaurant and take the Santa Barbara Water Taxi for a ride through the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Address: 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 - MAP
Phone: (805) 564-5518

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Enjoy a blooming good time and floral attractions at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Sprouting across 65-acres in the historic Mission Canyon, horticulture enthusiasts wander through gardens to see over 1,000 species of rare and native plants and shop at the Garden Shop and Garden Growers Nursery for gifts and plants.

Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - MAP
Phone: (805) 682-4726

Old Mission Santa Barbara
Step back in time at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Discover a mission 200-years-old nestled between the magnificent Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known as the Queen of the Missions, the historic landmark welcomes you to get lost in its breathtaking grounds, Spanish architecture, beautiful church and museum full of interesting exhibits and attractions.

Address: 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - MAP
Phone: (805) 682-4713

East Beach
Calling all sun worshipers! East Beach in Santa Barbara offers the hottest amenities available under the California sun. This beautiful sandy beach sports a lush park, beach house, snack bar and volleyball court to name just a few. Weekends often bring special events and stays at beachside hotels.