Are you staying in one of our Santa Barbara vacation rentals? If so, you’ll find a variety of amazing attractions and things to do throughout the city, though few are as fun filled as Stearns Wharf! The longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Stearns Wharf is home to a variety of attractions, shops, restaurants, and more – so much, in fact, that it can be hard to choose what to do in a limited time frame! Fortunately, we’re here to help you find what you need. Read on to see the top five reasons to visit Stearns Wharf!
There’s no doubt that vacation is time to splurge a little (or a lot)! And if you’re not sure when you’ll have the chance to pick up souvenirs, stop by Stearns Wharf and get all the goodies you need in one place! Devil and the Deep Blue Sea offers toys and other gifts for kids, while Coastal Treasures and Nature’s Own Gallery offer accessories and jewelry. And if you’re just not sure what you want, Old Wharf Trading Company features an eclectic selection of merchandise.
There’s nothing like the sight of the sea to fire up an appetite! Thankfully, the restaurants here mean business, and keep customers coming back with delicious meals time and again. You’ll find American fare here as well as, of course, seafood! And for dessert—or a sinful snack—you can stop by the ice cream or candy shoppe. Enjoy a burger or an ice cream cone while watching the waves!
On the topic of waves, the wharf is a fine spot to watch the ocean. The sun glitters all day among the water, and Stearns is a magnificent place to watch the sunset.
There’s plenty to see and do in Santa Barbara, and some of it is right here! The Museum of Natural History hosts its Sea Center here, and for a more hands-on approach to learning about the sea, sign up for a cruise with Celebration Cruises, or take the Santa Barbara Water Taxi to the harbor and add more fun to your trip!
With the sea spray stimulating you, Stearns Wharf is a great place to fit some light exercise into your vacation. The driving-and-standing combo that characterizes so many vacations could use some variation, right? Then save money on parking and park on the street for a salutary walk to the Wharf. With so many shops, restaurants, views, and diversions, you’ll be power-walking all day just to get to the next attraction!
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