Ask the kids what time of the school year they are most excited about and they will most likely say spring break. The spring season is always a welcome one as the weather starts to warm up and the kids get a little break from school. Spring break is the perfect way to take the family out on a vacation getaway that they will remember for years to come. This year, consider Santa Barbara for your spring break escapades. Our California home has everything you could want for an incredible stay with thrilling activities and wonderful attractions to enjoy in the area. Take a look at what your Santa Barbara spring break can look like this year:
Santa Barbara is home to a variety of events throughout the year many unique to the region. This event has been named one of the top orchid shows in the entire world and is a must-see for any flower enthusiast out there. The international Orchid Show highlights this incredible exotic flower with exhibitors from all over the world present. You will be able to purchase some of the finest flowers you have ever seen along with attending educational sessions on how best to take care of them. Field experts will be on hand to answer any questions you have. The International Orchid Show has been a mainstay in Santa Barbara since 1945. The event is now held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. This year's event will run from March 10th through the 12th just in time for your spring break escape.
One of Santa Barbara's biggest attractions will be ready to host you during your spring break. We are talking about the Santa Barbara Zoo of course which has been around for years here in the city. Santa Barbara Zoo has become a staple among the community with its sprawling grounds and habitats full of exotic animals on display. You will find 146 different species of animals here at the zoo in naturalistic habitats that make them feel right at home. Some favorites of ours include leopards, African lions, gorillas, giraffes, and penguins. Guests can even host events such as birthday parties here at the zoo for a thrilling time. Don't miss out on the Santa Barbara Zoo for a fun and educational outing perfect for the whole family.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather by taking a stroll along Stearns Wharf. This local pier is one of the original foundations of Santa Barbara and hosts a variety of restaurants and boutiques. Since Santa Barbara is found right on the coast you can expect some of the freshest seafood in the state. Restaurants along the pier include Harbor Restaurant, Moby Dicks Restaurant, and Longboards Grill each providing a unique selection of dishes. You will find the perfect gift for someone back home at Nature's Own Gift Shop. Or stop by the Great Pacific Ice Cream Company for a treat. You can never go wrong with a visit to Stearns Wharf!
One of the most adventurous activities here in Santa Barbara waiting for you is kayaking at the Channel Islands National Park. You can see the island from shore but it is only accessible by a kayak excursion. Visitors will be able to explore the shoreline by kayak and see the rich ecology on display. March is a great time to explore the park as the sea caves will be on full display. Santa Barbara Adventure Company will be your top option for these kayak tours. Each tour lasts approximately 4 hours and includes time for an orientation. Visitors will paddle a total of up to 3 miles with difficulty depending on the currents. These tours typically sell out so make sure to book your kayak tour well in advance!
Spring break is not just for the kids so let the adults have a little fun on their own too. Santa Barbara is home to Santa Ynez Valley where you can find some of the best wineries in the state. You can book a wine tour that takes you along three different wineries with transportation and lunch provided. This is a great way to enjoy your wine without having to find a designated driver as the valley can be a little bit of a drive from the city. Santa Barbara Adventure Company can also provide these tours daily during Santa Barbara spring break so the fun never ends.
We make sure you will have all kinds of fun when you visit Santa Barbara this year for spring break. Our vacation rentals are some of the finest vacation properties here in the city. Make sure to book today before your favorite property is already taken in march.