If you are looking for an incredible spooky time that is perfect for individuals of all ages, you need to make your way to Santa Barbara for Halloween this year. The fall season is finally here and with it comes a variety of fun activities right here in Santa Barbara. Our Central California home features all kinds of incredible ways to spend the Halloween weekend. Take a look at some ways to spend Halloween in Santa Barbara this year:
One of the biggest attractions in all of Santa Barbara is the Santa Barbara Zoo. Here you can find a variety of exotic animals including lions, giraffes, and so much more. While these exhibits are open all month long for October you can also visit for an all-ages event with Spooky Zoo. This Halloween celebration starts on October 16th for an early Halloween celebration that is perfect for all ages and runs through the end of the month. Put on your best costumes and head to Santa Barbara Zoo for wonderful activities including photo ops, a costume contest, and plenty of candy. All of the animal exhibits will still be open so you can visit your favorite animals while dressed up as one yourself. Spooky Zoo will take place on October 16th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Fields of Funk
Santa Barbara also has plenty of unique events that are not your typical Halloween shenanigans. This year Fields of Funk will be taking place on October 30th for a day full of live music and so much more. Fields of Funk is a utopian festival at Elings Park as you get to groove to the music and feel the ocean breeze. Live musical performances will include DJ sets by famous musicians Poolside and Chromeo right by the pool. Additional artists scheduled to perform also include Dam-Funk, Amo Amo, and Egyptian Lover. Show up with lawn chairs and a blanket or two so you can relax in the park. Fields of Funk will also feature incredible art installations, a silent disco, food trucks, a roller skate rink, and so much more. Costumers are highly encouraged so you can get your Halloween vibe on. Elings Park can be found at 1298 Ls Positas Road here in Santa Barbara.
Halloween Zombie Crawl
Adults can get in on the fun too this Halloween in Santa Barbara by joining in on the Halloween Zombie Crawl. This beer crawl is a lively event where you can explore over 10 different bars and clubs right here in Santa Barbara. Each participant needs to show up in their best costume as you try out an adult beverage at each venue. Hundreds of participants show up each year to join in on the fun. Guests will get free entry into each nightclub so you can save on cover fees. Drink discount coupons will also be available. Costume contests will give out prizes for those who are best dressed. The Halloween Zombie Crawl will take place on October 30th from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM starting at Night Lizard Brewing Company.
Take the Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak
You will notice that Santa Barbara features a gorgeous coastline with beautiful views. Each summer Santa Barbara Adventures hosts a lengthy kayak tour that will take you out to incredible sea caves. The Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak Tour will be having its final tours in the month of October until next summer. This intermediate tour features approximately four hours of kayaking paddling that gets you close to the caves. You will be provided instruction and all safety gear you need. Tour guides will always be on hand to help you every step of the way. Don’t miss out on this incredible activity before it is not around until next summer.
Visit Local Pumpkin Patches
Santa Barbara also has plenty of pumpkin patches for you to explore during your Halloween stay. Two local options you will have access to includes Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch and Big Wave Dave located at La Cumbre Plaza. These pumpkin patches are open every day in October and let you pick out whichever pumpkin you find. Grab one to do some pumpkin carving or to just have around for decoration. This is no better way for a fun family activity than by exploring a pumpkin patch!
More Fun Awaits You This Halloween in Santa Barbara
Get ready for another exciting Halloween season right here in Santa Barbara. These Halloween and seasonal activities are perfect for your upcoming stay. Make the most of your fall getaway by reserving one of our luxury vacation rentals here in the city. You will have access to luxury amenities inside spacious homes. Fall has never looked so good as it does in Santa Barbara.
Enjoying a magical stay here in Santa Barbara can be more than just a dream when you find the perfect vacation rental to host you and your family. This is where California Dreamin’ Santa Barbara rental, one of our finest properties, comes in with its unique and charming features. This 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home offers the wonderful and luxurious experience you want for a vacation in Santa Barbara. California Dreamin’ is perfect for up to 6 individuals to stay at any given time. Take a look at what is found inside this exquisite home:
The second you pull up to California Dreamin’ you will absolutely fall in love with the property. The exterior has a charming sky-blue color and white accents on the patio. This two-story home offers plenty of room for you to take advantage of. Guests will enter the property through the front door and find themselves in the primary living space that features modern décor and amenities. The floors are covered in beautiful hard wood-look flooring. You will turn to the left to find yourself in the living room that features relaxing features. Sit back on the plush sofa or the side chair. A gas fireplace can be found nearby that will help keep the home warm during the cooler months of winter. Plenty of natural lighting shines down through the large window panes found above the patio doors. Immediately behind you guests can find the spacious gourmet kitchen that features a combination of white tile countertops, natural wood cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. There is tons of countertop space, making it extremely easy to prepare a delicious meal for you and your family. You will find that the kitchen is stocked with all utensils and cookware you need. Use the microwave, toaster oven, or coffee maker for a quick snack to wake up to. Once everything is ready to go for dinner enjoy your meal at the luxury dining room table that has room for everyone. You will find additional seating at the kitchen bar with the four barstools available. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine at one of the local wineries; the property features plenty of wine glasses and openers so you can enjoy them with ease.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
California Dreamin’ can sleep up to 6 guests at any single time with the three separate bedrooms found on the second floor. This includes the master suite that features a huge king size bed complete with a plush mattress and the finest of linens. A large flat-screen TV is wall mounted in front of the bed and has access to all of your favorite streaming apps. You will have a personal balcony with private access where you can wake up to the beautiful sunrise each morning. An en suite bathroom is a work of art with its marble countertops, dual vanity sinks, walk-in shower, and soaking tub. You will find that each bathroom includes all of the necessary toiletries in case you forgot anything at home. The remaining bedrooms also feature comfortable beds with fresh linens and will provide an incredible night of sleep. Both rooms share an updated bathroom located between them. Relax in the upstairs loft found just off the stairs where you can curl up with a good book. A half bathroom is located on the first floor and can easily be accessed from any of the primary living spaces.
Our Santa Barbara Rental Outdoor Amenities
Some of the finest features found at California Dreamin’ Santa Barbara rental can be best enjoyed while outdoors. Step outside to an expansive patio deck that has beautiful wood decking from top to bottom. Sectional outdoor seating is the place to be with a glass of wine in one hand as you look out at the sunset. The gas BBQ grill makes it easy to cook up the perfect steak. There is plenty of space on the patio deck so everyone can be hanging out at once together. Head down the steps to start making your way down to the nearby beach. The garage has been updated to a fun entertainment room complete with a ping pong table perfect for competitive families. You will be nearby plenty of local attractions such as art museums, wineries, vineyards, the harbor, and much more. With any Paradise Retreats property, you can choose from a selection of optional services such as having a private chef come to the home or getting a massage. There is plenty of outdoor activities to also enjoy such as biking, sailing, snorkeling, and much more. If all of this sounds like the perfect setting for you and your family make sure to come to book a stay at California Dreamin’. This highly desirable property is always a frequent favorite of our guests! Contact us to book!
If you are looking for the perfect summer getaway this year, look no further than beautiful Santa Barbara. Our California home is a great place to visit any time of year, but summer in Santa Barbara is truly special. A visit during the start of summer lets you enjoy cool temperatures, plenty of outdoor and indoor activities, and avoid the bigger crowds of late summer. Take a look at some of our favorite early-summer activities you can find in Santa Barbara this year:
Get Out Your Cruiser
When you visit Santa Barbara, you will immediately notice how many locals take advantage of the friendly streets. Visitors and locals alike are able to bike all around Santa Barbara for a relaxing ride. Several bike paths, such as Cabrillo Bike Path found around the waterfront, leading to beautiful beaches with incredible views. Take in the crisp ocean air as you casually explore the city. For more adventurous riding, you can head out to the mountain trails just outside the city. Grab a mountain bike and ride along these shared trails. The best place for you to grab a bike in town for a short rental is Wheel Fun, the largest bike shop in all of California. This local rental shop features everything you need to properly hit the biking trails.
Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo
Make sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Zoo to visit some incredible exotic animals. The Santa Barbara Zoo has been a staple of the community for years. They currently house many beautiful creatures such as leopards, anteaters, flamingos, gorillas, lions, and so much more. You can easily view each animal in its spacious habitats. The Santa Barbara Zoo will be opened at a limited capacity with reservations made in advance. If you are visiting in early June your children can join their Summer Zoo Camp where they can enjoy interactive science exhibits, guided tours, and even get close-up encounters with some of the animals!
Take a Kayaking Tour
Santa Barbara has many incredible spots where you can casually kayak around the shore. Adventure lovers will want something more thrilling to satisfy their trip such as a visit to Prisoners Harbor. Don’t let the name fool you as this area is one of the most beautiful areas to visit. Take a kayak tour with Santa Barbara Adventure Company where you will be guided to the area found just north of Santa Cruz Island. All tours will take you to your destination and provide you with all the gear you need. Make sure to check out their other tour offerings such as rock climbing and wine tasting tours!
Speaking of Wine….
Now that we have your attention, you will want to explore the many wineries found around Santa Barbara. The early summer season is a great time to visit so you can enjoy these wineries outdoor, especially as some restrictions are still in place. Local wineries such as Santa Barbara Winery and Jamie Slone Wines are local favorites and offer tasting flights to try a little of everything. Enjoy other wines by the glass or pick up a bottle or two to take back to your vacation rental. Some of these wineries also have open spaces that can allow a friendly pup to join you on the festivities.
Grab McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
Nothing screams summer quite like picking up a cool treat such as ice cream. Santa Barbara is the home of McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, a locally owned shop that has been around since the 1940s. You can grab a cone or bowl of your favorite ice cream that is made in-house at either of their two locations. Enjoying your ice cream in the shops may still be limited this summer but you can easily do a walk-up order and enjoy your treat as you walk around the city.
Visit Stearns Wharf
Knock out all of your shopping and dining needs by stopping at Stearns Wharf during your visit. This local pier has been open since 1872, making it one of the city’s oldest landmarks. While it has seen several renovations over the years, it continues to host a variety of unique shops and restaurants. Browse the locally owned stores or stop in for a delicious meal with oceanside views. Plan your visit accordingly, as many of the restaurants will have limited seating available. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Spanish and Mediterranean-style architecture at Stearns Wharf!
Summer In Santa Barbara is Almost Here
Do not hesitate on planning your early summer getaway to Santa Barbara. Reserve one of our beautiful properties right here in the city. You will have access to incredible amenities and home features that are unavailable at other lodging options. Stay away from crowds and have your own personal home away from home this summer in Santa Barbara.
It is never too early to start planning ahead for your much-needed holiday getaway. When looking for the perfect spot to celebrate Christmas this year, we highly recommend our home of Santa Barbara. Enjoy the beauty of California, comfortable weather, exciting holiday events, and the best vacation rentals you can find around the area. Seriously, the average temps in December typically stay in the mid-60s! Check out how you can spend Christmas in Santa Barbara this year:
Holiday Fun at Paseo Nuevo
Locals know that the best place to find your holiday gifts is over at Paseo Nuevo. This beautiful outdoor shopping center features a variety of winter activities to hold you over until Christmas Day. From November 27th to December 31st you can find it “snowing” at Paseo Nuevo so you can get your white Christmas. The “snowfall” takes place at four different times each evening so guests can come and still maintain social distancing. While you are waiting for the “snow” make sure you go visit Santa! That’s right, Santa will be at Paseo Nuevo on November 27th and 28th and December 19th and 20th to hear all about what you kids want for the holidays. The kids will even be able to get a photo with Santa in front of the beautiful Christmas tree! They can also drop off handwritten letters asking for gifts for Christmas and possibly get a response back. Santa is available on these days from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
9th Annual Trolley of Lights Tour
Residents of Santa Barbara really know how to go all out for the holiday season. Local neighborhoods are always in the festive spirit and will decorate their homes with beautiful displays and lights. You can go see all of this in person by reserving a charter with Rockstar Trolley. Each year they take exciting charters out to the neighborhoods on their rustic trolleys. Due to COVID-19 restrictions Rockstar Trolley is unable to host public trolleys but private charters are available. You and a group of up to 32 passengers can enjoy this festive trip to go see all the lights. The Trolley of Lights Tour takes place from December 5th to the 24th.
34th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor
Each year Santa Barbara hosts Santa’s Village by the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. Similar to Paseo Nuevo’s event, the City Pier will be covered in fake snow to make the holiday feel even more festive. Children can play and meet Santa and tell him what they want for the holidays. The holiday culminates with the Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor that is viewable from the pier and is all things festive. Approximately 30 boats take to the water and put on their dazzling display of holiday lights. Each contestant works hard in having the best display to win one of five cash prizes. Fireworks will shoot of into the sky to bring the event to a close. Do not miss out on the 34th consecutive year of this incredible event. While COVID-19 has caused other large events to be canceled, the Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor is still scheduled to take place. Do not miss out on the 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor on December 13th. Regular activities start at 3:00 PM with the parade and fireworks starting at 5:00 PM.
Incredible Vacation Rentals
You can plan all you want for an exciting vacation getaway but having the perfect vacation rental will make the trip one to remember. Our holiday vacation rentals can be found all around Santa Barbara allowing you to stay close to each of these exciting events. Pick a rental that is near the beach and see our beautiful shore. Or choose to stay in the fabulous downtown district with urban floor plans. Our rentals come in a variety of sizes so you can pick a property that best suits your family’s needs. Enjoy a variety of amenities such as open floor plans, flat-screen TVs, full-size appliances, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and so much more. Reserving a private vacation rental lets you maintain your social distancing by staying away from large crowds found at local resorts. Once you have enjoyed the holidays in one of our exclusive vacation rentals you will never want to go back!
More Fun During Christmas in Santa Barbara
We cannot get over how incredible Santa Barbara is for the holiday season. Take the vacation getaway you deserve and come see it for yourself. Reserve one of our vacation rentals today so you can be close to all of these exciting activities and more during Christmas in Santa Barbara!
If you are still trying to find the perfect location to spend New Year’s, your search now is over. Santa Barbara is the perfect location to see off 2020 with a variety of activities and lively events to hold you over. Take a look at what kind of festivities you can find during New Years in Santa Barbara:
Spend the Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo
While you may not be able to find your typical events for New Year’s this year, there is still plenty for you to see and do. One of the top attractions in the city is Santa Barbara Zoo, one of the most incredible zoos in the world. Your family will be joyful when they hear that the Santa Barbara Zoo is open for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day during normal business hours. The zoo features over 500 animals in naturalistic habitats. Popular critters here at the zoo include cheetahs, flamingos, gorillas, lions, penguins, giraffes, and so much more. The Santa Barbara Zoo currently has the zoo train and giraffe feeding decks open for the winter season. You do not want to miss out on a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Normal business hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive; call 805-962-5339 for any questions or to purchase tickets in advance.
Schedule a New Year’s Eve Dinner
There is no better night for a romantic and fine dining experience than New Year’s Eve. Several restaurants in the city will be hosting special New Year’s Eve menus for the holiday. Dine with Bouchon, a fine dining restaurant that features wine country cuisine and offers a full three courses. Or choose from the regular menu to find something you look for. New Year’s Eve at Bouchon will take place from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM on New Year’s Eve. You can also dine with Belmond El Encanto for a more festive dining experience. A full three-course menu will be served with flutes of champagne and live jazz to enjoy. Whichever restaurant you pick, you will be bringing in the new year with style and incredible food.
Visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara
A New Year’s Eve getaway is the perfect time to get out and explore everything that Santa Barbara has to offer. You cannot pass up on an opportunity to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara. This local landmark is a Spanish mission that was first erected in 1786. For over 200 years the Old Mission Santa Barbara has provided a beauty like no other. Incredible Spanish architecture and colors decorate the building and have inspired other buildings in the city to follow the same format. The Old Mission Santa Barbara is open daily for tours and free-roaming from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This local landmark can be found at 2201 Laguna St and has been accepting visitors since 1820.
Make the Drive to Lotusland
If you want to see some of the natural beauty surrounding Santa Barbara, you need to make the short drive to Lotusland. This non-profit botanical garden is located in Montecito and is worth the short drive. Over 3,000 different plants are located at Lotusland, which has been recognized as one of the top 10 gardens in the world. Explore the property as desert landscape surrounds decorative pools and more. You can find Lotusland on Cold Spring Road in Montecito; tickets start at $50 per adult, and it is worth the price of admission.
Relax at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park
Since the weather is so beautiful even during the winter in Santa Barbara, you need to check out the local beaches. One of the most popular beaches in the area can be found at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park just off Cliff Drive in the city. Arroyo Burro Beach is technically a dog beach where your canine companion will have an absolute blast. The area features picnic tables, BBQ grills, outdoor showers, and more so you can easily spend the day here. The park opens up daily at 8:00 AM and closes at sundown, so you literally have all day to explore. Make sure your pup is on a leash! The Arroyo Burro Beach County Park can be found at 2981 Cliff Dr in Santa Barbara.
New Years in Santa Barbara is Always Better
Don’t settle for less than spectacular for the upcoming New Year’s holiday. Instead, spend your time with us here in Santa Barbara. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable throughout your stay while having access to everything in Santa Barbara. Pick out your favorite rental property today and get ready for 2021 New Years in Santa Barbara!
As crazy as it seems, 2020 is finally coming to an end. COVID-19 has thrown travel plans throughout the year into disarray. However, everything is getting better and travel restrictions have finally been lifted. The holidays are almost here, so there is no better time to plan ahead for your Thanksgiving weekend. This November holiday is about spending time with the family and a mouthwatering feast to go with it. If you are looking for the perfect Thanksgiving destination this year, look no further than Santa Barbara. This California destination is the perfect location to escape reality and enjoy some time away. The city is known for its beautiful Spanish architecture and close proximity to the beach. What makes staying in Santa Barbara even better for the holidays is our exclusive selection of vacation rentals. We offer the best properties in and around the area for you to choose from when celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara.
More Properties to Choose From
No competitor can even come close when it comes to our selection of vacation rentals. Each property is privately owned and offers luxury amenities to keep you comfortable all stay long. You can choose from cute cottages that are the perfect escape for young couples. Or reserve a larger Victorian-style home that can comfortably keep the entire family together under a single roof. You will find all the necessary amenities such as fresh linens, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and so much more. No more kids complaining that there is nothing to do! Of course, since this is California, you can enjoy the crisp yet still comfortable weather in November on the patio deck. Now that is plenty to choose from!
Preparing Your Feast for Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara
Now let’s get to the real reason you are here, the Thanksgiving feast! Ask anyone in your family what they are looking forward to the most and we guarantee they will say it is all about the food. Our vacation rentals are the perfect home away from home. As mentioned, they are full of all the amenities but also the rooms too. Each room is incredibly spacious with open floor plans in most properties. This includes the necessary kitchen where you can whip up the desired feast. The kitchens are stocked with all the utensils and dishware you need for the meal. They also include full-size appliances that have plenty of room for the turkey and a side or two. You will be able to comfortably cook up the entire meal in this single room. Once the feast is prepared make sure the dining area is properly set before you dig in. We can smell the turkey already!
Local Restaurants Too
Santa Barbara is also known for having some incredible restaurants in the area. While COVID has made dining out more difficult most of these restaurants have started offering curbside service when it previously was not available. Fine dining favorites including Bouchon Santa Barbara and Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood will be offering their holiday meals to go. That’s right, you can pick up your favorite holiday entrees and have a giant feast back at your vacation rental. There are plenty of different cuisines available throughout the city letting you break the mold of tradition and try something new. Don’t forget the bottle of wine or two!
Plenty of Seasonal Activities
Indulging yourself in a huge feast is not all there is to celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara. The area has been known to showcase incredible holiday events year after year. Unfortunately, COVID has made most large events unavailable this year but that does not mean the fun stops there. Instead, try out some smaller activities during your stay. Santa Barbara is home to an abundance of pumpkin patches where you can pick and choose your favorite. These local farms also usually have other activities for the kids too. Head just outside the city limits and check out the incredible vintages at the local wineries. The fall season is prime time for winemaking and the tourist traffic is at a low. Grab a light sweater and head to the beach for beautiful ocean views. While it might be a bit too chilly to jump in the water it is the perfect time to have a comfortable walk during the day. No matter how you celebrate your downtime during your holiday weekend it will be spent with loved ones.
Thanksgiving Is Just Around the Corner
There is no time like the present to get ready for your Thanksgiving journey to Santa Barbara. Take a look at our vacation rentals and see which one calls out to you. A Thanksgiving getaway to Santa Barbara is just the thing you need to finish off 2020.
Are you tired of being cooped up at home? Those with children can especially understand the difficulty of the current year, with most schools only offering distance learning at the moment. While it may be tough, it does allow those looking to get away from home to take their schooling with them! The area is the perfect place to have an educational journey to Santa Barbara for everyone in the family.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
California is a big place with so much to offer, including a variety of local flora and fauna. Each region offers something a little different, with Southern California being a desert landscape and Northern California covered in red oak trees. Take a look at the incredible plant life in our state by visiting the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. This 78-acre garden features over a 1,000 different species of indigenous and rare plant life exclusive to the region. You and your family will be able the plants in their native habitat and learn about them with hands on exhibits. Make sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden found at 1212 Mission Canyon Dr any day of the week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
The area of Santa Barbara previously belonged to the Spanish Empire back in the 1700s. Many remnants of their society in the area remain available to tour, including the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. This unique park is a former military installation that was used to defend the region from intruders. Having been originally built in 1782, you will notice that the buildings offer an educational experience into the past. The historical landmark sits on 5 acres. Make sure to stop by El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park found at 123 E Canon Perdido St. The park is open daily from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Your family will be treated with a trip into the past when you visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This local museum is located right off Mission Creek and has many different varieties of flora and fauna to be on display. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History features 10 different exhibit halls. Visitors will discover an incredible amount of detail regarding the geology and plant life in the region. Educational exhibits will also show how the Chumash tribe first settled the area before the Spanish created settlements in the area. The museum even features the only full dome planetarium in central California. The exhibits are always changing so you will have a different experience every time you visit. Stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The museum can be found at 2559 Puesta Del Sol in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Another location owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is the Sea Center. Previously known as the Ty Warner Sea Center, this local attraction focuses on the marine life in and around Santa Barbara. A variety of attractions are found here, including an interactive tide pool where you can pet sharks and other aquatic creatures. The BioLab lets you learn about the biological life cycle of sharks and other fish. 36 different marine mammals are on display in the Mammal Mezzanine. Think of the Sea Center as local aquarium with added emphasis on learning. You can visit the Sea Center located at 211 Stearns Wharf. It is open Friday through Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Children of all ages can have a blast while learning when visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo. This local zoo is like many others with an abundance of exhibits with creatures found from all over the world. The Santa Barbara Zoo may not be as big as other famous zoos, but it has been ranked as one of the best. Some of the popular exhibits include animal favorites such as penguins, lions, elephants, gibbons, and so much more. You will marvel at these unique creatures as they hang out in habitats designed to look and feel like their native region. You can visit the Santa Barbara Zoo found at 500 Ninos Dr in Santa Barbara. The zoo is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and open late until 7:00 PM Friday through Sunday.
A Journey to Santa Barbara of Knowledge and Excitement
As you can see, there is plenty of fun and educational attractions to enjoy during your stay in Santa Barbara. Our vacation rentals will provide the Wi-Fi you need to keep your children connected to school while enjoying comforting amenities. Contact us today to book a trip!
Everywhere you look in Santa Barbara there is some history to take in. Santa Barbara celebrates its heritage with a variety of attractions that focus on history and art native to the region. Take a look at these Santa Barbara attractions for a historical journey!
El Pueblo Viejo District
When visiting Santa Barbara, you have to check out the downtown neighborhood, the El Pueblo Viejo District. This historic area features building designs and artwork that is evocative of the city’s heritage. Expect to find red tile roofs and beautiful ironwork. El Pueblo Viejo District is home to many of the city’s historic attractions, making it easy to stop at a few all in one day. Also, don’t forget to check out the many unique shops and restaurants while you’re in the neighborhood!
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
One of the more popular and historic buildings in Santa Barbara is the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. This historic landmark was erected in 1929 and still functions as the county’s courthouse to this day. The building was designed in the Spanish-Colonial style for which Santa Barbara is known and boasts a red tile roof, elegant gardens, and a four-faced clock tower. As you tour the facility you will notice beautiful hand-painted murals that come to life. Even with the courthouse still operating, it is open for free daily tours. Drop-in tours are welcome Monday through Friday during the week from 8:00 AM to 5:00PM and on weekends from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. You will be provided with views of the incredible architecture and also a historical view into the county’s history.
One of the most exciting way to dive into the rich history of Santa Barbara is to explore the historic theatres in town. The Arlington Theatre has been open for nearly 100 years and first opened up as a movie palace. This historic theatre continues to host award winning plays, dance productions, independent films, and unique comedy productions every year. You can also catch the Santa Barbara International Film Festival here every February. Another historic theater to see in town is the Granada Theater found in the downtown neighborhood. You can catch ballet and symphony productions that feature national and international tours. There are several more historical theaters in town such as The New Vic and Riviera Theatre that offer a look into the history of the performing arts found in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Historic Museum
One of the best ways to understand the history of Santa Barbara is by visiting the Santa Barbara Historic Museum. This historic attraction is found in the El Pueblo Viejo District and is one of the oldest institutions in the city. The Santa Barbara Historic Museum shares its extensive collection of artifacts, paintings, textiles, and decorative arts to its visitors. Each exhibit focuses on over 500 years of history found in the area with Mexican, American, and Spanish influences to be seen. The signature exhibit of the museum is The Story of Santa Barbara. This exhibit focuses on how the region evolved from the home of the Chumash people to the capital of the performing arts. You can also see the onsite historic pueblo buildings that date back to 1817 and 1836. The Sala Gallery features artwork that rotates every few months to offer a fresh selection to view. The Santa Barbara Historic Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from noon to 5:00 PM; admission is only $7 for adults and free for children under 18 years of age.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara also has a vital history with the Santa Barbara Harbor. Come see how the local community connects with the sea by visiting the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. This interactive museum features an array of exhibits including preserved artifacts, films, and pieces of art. Many of the exhibits are hands on letting your family understand the importance of the shore including its kelp forest and how to sail. The multimedia Munger Theater showcases a variety of films that further enhance the experience. Last but certainly not least, visitors will want to make sure to step out onto the harbor. You will be treated to panoramic views of the harbor and the local murals on display. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is open Thursday through Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
More History to Explore in Santa Barbara
As you can see, there are plenty of historical attractions to visit during your stay in Santa Barbara. Enjoy your stay by reserving one of our exclusive vacation rentals in the city. You will be close to all of these wonderful attractions while enjoying luxurious amenities.
Vacation is a great moment to relax, unwind, and restore the mind and body after a year dedicated to hard work. With fall just around the corner, many travelers are considering destinations that bring the best of outdoor beauty and fun to life. When you’re hoping for the best of the best that comes complete with a side of California style, there’s no place better to venture this fall than Santa Barbara. Here are just a few of the many options available to enjoy during your Santa Barbara getaway:
Take a Fall Foliage Hike
It’s easy to get swept up in the idea that California is an exclusively sunny and summer-oriented destination. Fortunately, those that set their travel sights on scenic Santa Barbara in the fall will find that the color changes that apply to much of the continental U.S. in the autumn also apply to this delightful destination. For those that are excited to get out and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, there are plenty of options for savoring the sight of changing leaves when you focus on the surrounding Los Padres National Forest. Enjoying a maze of trails that vary according to length and difficulty, those with a passion for hiking can customize their fall foliage adventure through the wilderness according to preference and ability. Cottonwood and Sycamore trees that line many of these routes are known for bursting into color by late October and early November, making for a very memorable trek that’s worth carrying your camera for. Inspiration Point, in particular, is a great choice for those that enjoy the idea of a reward in the form of sweeping views of Santa Barbara from above.
Bike Your Way to Fall Fun
Mild temperatures and fewer crowds make fall a fantastic time to plan a getaway to Santa Barbara and an even better time to make sure that biking is on your list of must-do activities. As the pathways clear out of visitors, an opportunity opens up to ride some of the more popular routes and enjoy the views and fun with ease. One of these exciting options is the Cabrillo Bike Path that leads to Butterfly Beach. Offering up 4.5 miles of paved pathway to explore, the Cabrillo Bike Path is packed in the summer but provides more space to make for a leisurely afternoon of peddling through town during the fall. Ocean views are yours for the savoring along the way with the added reward of time spent at the beach when you reach the end of the road. Take pictures, enjoy great company, and indulge in time outdoors when you bike this path during your autumn escape.
Sail in Santa Barbara Style
Getting out on the water is a highlight of most trips to Santa Barbara and a fall getaway this direction is no exception to the rule. Those that can’t get enough of time spent savoring the waves will find that renting a boat or signing up for a private sailing lesson might just be the best part of the voyage. Consider partnering with the team at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center when you’re in the market to focus your autumn fun on the water. Located at the Santa Barbara Harbor just next to the launch ramp, this company is a premier provider of all things water-based fun and provides options for on-the-water instruction as well as a lineup of rentals for those more inclined towards independent adventures. From sailboats and powerboats to kayaks and paddleboards, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying a customized day enjoying the water and taking in the shoreline view from a one of a kind vantage point.
Picnic at the Mission Rose Garden
There’s nothing better than satisfying your taste buds in an open-air setting that’s as colorful and captivating as it is welcoming. Those looking to incorporate a fun outdoor picnic to their autumn Santa Barbara adventure will want to make their way to the Mission Rose Garden at least once while they’re in town. Home to over 1,500 varieties of roses, this garden is an icon of beauty within the city and a great place to settle down and admire the view while savoring some great flavors too. Sitting across from the Santa Barbara Mission, the Rose Garden offers up a space where it’s possible to indulge in tranquility while still remaining close to the heart of the city’s pulse.
Plan a Downtown Architecture Walking Tour
Santa Barbara is known and loved for its impressive Spanish-influenced architecture, but there’s no reason to book a tour during your fall getaway when you can plan one yourself through downtown. Beginning at City Hall, make your way towards the La Placita buildings dating back to the 19th century before continuing on to admire the Lobero Theater rooted in 1924 as well as the Santa Barbara recreation center dating back to 1912.
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Visitors to Santa Barbara often first think of the incredible wharf along the coast or shopping and dining opportunities found throughout the city. Santa Barbara is also home to a variety of natural attractions that have helped establish the area as we now know it.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
In order to get a true understanding of the vast varieties of plant life in the area, one needs to visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on their list of attractions in Santa Barbara. This spacious preservation offers 78 acres of plant life diversity and stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The garden helps conserve the infamous redwood trees that are gigantic in size. Wildflowers and live oaks make up the rest of the flora seen in the garden. Visitors can gaze upon these beautifully conserved plant life by taking a stroll on the 5.5 miles of walking trails. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is typically open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday through Tuesday and can be found at 1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Douglas Family Preserve
The Santa Barbara region is known for beautiful coastal views. Visitors can find these views along with a variety of preserved flora when visiting the Douglas Family Preserve. This particular preserve is especially known for being located right off the coast and even allows dogs off leash to help you explore. The preserve itself is located on top of 70 acres that features winding trails, some with elevation change and others being relatively flat. Preserved plant life includes vast oak trees and also eucalyptus trees too. If you are bringing a pet, please keep an eye out for them as small critters such as gophers, rabbits, and even hawks can be in the area. You can find the Douglas Family Preserve near the Arroyo Burro Beach and is open 24 hours a day.
In 1953, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation built the Bradbury Dam that allowed over 9,000 acres become what is now known as Lake Cachuma. This picturesque lake lies in between the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains. The lake offers the necessary resources to help local wildlife thrive and features an abundance of fish in the water. Many visitors often spend time here relaxing and enjoying the temperate sunshine. Lake Cachuma can be found just off Highway 154 outside of the Santa Barbara. Since you have made the short trek to Lake Cachuma, there is nothing stopping you from visiting the nearby Danish community of Solvang. This nearby city has a variety of Danish style architecture and historical exhibits; it makes for a unique visit each time you go.
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park
The geological formations around Santa Barbara have created some unique and mesmerizing cave formations nearby. One of these natural attractions is the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park. The name of the park comes from the historic Native American cave paintings found inside. These caves were used for shelter hundreds of years ago and continue to inspire the locals in the community. Getting to the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a trek up a windy trail, so be prepared before you make the drive. The park is located off Highway 154, making it easy to get to for visitors staying in Santa Barbara.
Just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits is Seven Falls, a lush spring that features multiple falls and a relaxing hiking trail. The terrain surrounding the falls is rigorous, making it the perfect spot for rock climbers to test their abilities. Unfortunately, consistent droughts during the summer season can cause the creek to dry up. Make sure to make the trek to Seven Falls during the spring season to guarantee the flowing falls the Santa Barbara community loves to see.
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
Near the downtown neighborhood in Santa Barbara you can find the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. This natural attraction is another incredible preservation that holds a vast array of local flowers and trees. The gardens were established by the Santa Barbara community to honor Alice Keck Park and offer an oasis for the growing city. Small ponds create habitats for local wildlife such as ducks and turtles. Small bridges cover streams, allowing visitors to walk the gardens from start to finish. The Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens is smaller than the other natural attractions on our list but still a worthy visit for any Santa Barbara adventurers.
Santa Barbara is Waiting
These are just a few of the many natural attractions waiting for you in the Santa Barbara area. Get started on your planning by reserving one of our exclusive vacation rentals in the area today. You will be just a short drive away from these incredible natural attractions.