Santa Barbara Outdoor Activities

Santa Barbara Outdoor ActivitiesSurf's up for nature lovers in Santa Barbara, California! Our guide is your natural choice to find out about the sunny city’s best outdoor recreation attractions, from the hottest beaches to the wildest zoo! Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and your camera!

Carpinteria State Beach
The Carpinteria State Beach in Santa Barbara is a mile-long beach front that offers hours of outdoor fun in the sun. Beach goers enjoy time with friends and family here to swim, picnic, camp and catch handfuls of beautiful starfish, sea urchins, and snails in the tide pools.

Phone: (805) 968-1033

Arroyo Burro Beach Park
The locals at Arroyo Burro Beach Park in Santa Barbara are avid surfers. The sandy beach is a popular destination for surfers, swimmers and fisherman. After a day spent outdoors on the shores and off the shores, crowds get together at its seaside hot spots to enjoy cocktails at sunset.

Phone: (805) 568-2465

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
How does your garden grow? The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is blooming with a variety of magical and whimsical themed garden ideas that will inspire beginner and seasoned gardeners. Spend some time outdoors and explore thousands of rare and native plants, visit the Garden Shop for how-to books and the Garden Growers Nursery to buy uncommon plants.

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

Santa Barbara Zoo
Leave the rat race behind and head out to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Explore 30 acres of zoo-per fun and get up-close and personal with more than 500 amazing animals. Discover a zoo that makes its home near the Pacific Ocean and ranks as one of the nation's best small zoos!

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

Lotusland is the dream garden of opera singer Madame Ganna Walska, a resident socialite of Santa Barbara from 1941 until her death in 1984. The outdoor garden wonderland covers a 37-acre private estate that took four decades to complete. Explore 14 spectacular themed gardens at the popular public garden and nature attraction.

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

East Beach
Bring your beach umbrella to East Beach in Santa Barbara and get ready for some outdoor fun. Invite your friends and make new ones when you join in a game of beach volleyball, go surfing and enjoy a picnic lunch at the beach's tree-lined park. And don’t forget to bring the sunscreen!