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. 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 has 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 Year’s Is Always Better in Santa Barbara
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 New Year’s Eve 2021!