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The summer season has been in full swing here in Santa Barbara so make sure you visit before it is all over. That’s right, the perfect end-of-summer season vacation can be found right here. Santa Barbara features cool and sunny weather allowing you to enjoy the outdoors most days of the year. For the perfect vacation look no further than Labor Day weekend. Santa Barbara continues to offer all kinds of fun that are expected of us during all other times of the year. Take a look at how to spend your Labor Day in Santa Barbara with us:

Visit the Zoo

It all starts with family-friendly fun here in Santa Barbara for your Labor Day weekend plans. One of the best family-friendly attractions in the area is the Santa Barbara Zoo. This California zoo is renowned in the area for its spacious exhibits filled with incredible exotic critters. See these animals up close in hands-on exhibits such as the giraffe area. A train in the zoo will take you around the different areas whenever your legs need a break from walking. The kids will be delighted to see all of these wonderful animals in front of them!

Visit the Santa Barbara County Museums

Santa Barbara is also home to a variety of local county museums that offer incredible exhibits that highlight all aspects of history, art, nature, and science. These exhibits are always changing and rotate with the seasons. Up through the month of September visitors will be able to learn about the Environmental Alliance of Santa Barbara County Museums that highlight important environmental causes. These exhibits will show you how to make a difference in our wonderful communities. Don’t miss out on these educational yet exciting exhibits at the Santa Barbara County Museums.

Butterflies Alive!

Another exciting exhibit at a local attraction is the Butterflies Alive! found only at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This annual exhibition takes place in an enclosed lush garden that is filled with exotic butterflies of all kinds. This attraction runs until September 5th meaning it will end after Labor Day weekend has come to a close. All ages will love to see the butterflies fly around them and even land on their hand or head. You will learn all about these incredible creatures from the knowledgeable staff who love the butterflies just as much as you do. Entrance into the Butterflies Alive! exhibit is included with museum admission that ranges from $12 to $18 per person.

Hit the Wineries

One of the biggest draws to visiting Santa Barbara is stopping by one of the many wine tap rooms here in the city. You can try out wine-tasting flights that let you try out a little bit of everything. Once you have found the perfect wine enjoy it by the glass and grab a bottle or two for your eventual Labor Day weekend BBQ. Local favorites include Santa Barbara Winery, Paradise Springs Winery, and Jamie Slone Wines. You will find that the grapes grown in the region produce some of the best award-winning wines available in all of California!

Prepare the Perfect BBQ

No Labor Day weekend is ever complete without throwing the perfect BBQ for your family and friends. Just because you are not at home does not mean you cannot have all of the fun at the grill. Our vacation rentals come with everything you need and more to grill out back. Our properties are luxurious homes that cannot be completed by others in the area. That includes gourmet kitchens that rival most luxury restaurants. You will find commercial-size appliances that offer more than enough room to cook and store any sides of your meal. The granite countertops have plenty of room to set up everything at once and have the little ones sit and watch. Of course, the main course of your Labor Day in Santa Barbara BBQ is cooked on the gas grill that most of our properties. Offer cook-up the perfect steak, hamburger, or hot dogs for your loved ones. You may even find spacious yards that can host all of your friends and family, especially when you reserve one of our larger homes. If you do not want to do the cooking you can even book a separate concierge service that is available in several of our rentals. We make sure you can spend time with your loved ones instead of worrying about everything else.

Labor Day in Santa Barbara is Waiting

There is plenty of fun and excitement waiting for you right here in Santa Barbara just in time for Labor Day weekend. You will not find a better lodging option than our luxury vacation rentals. Book today to find your next home away from home.

When you just can’t wait to pack your bags and get out of town for a well-deserved Labor Day 2020 away, Santa Barbara, California promises to be the perfect destination choice. Nestled into the scenic California coast, Santa Barbara is a city brimming over with options for fun that range from incredible shopping and dining to landmark hopping and time spent immersed in natural beauty. Whether you’re one for the water or find your thrills on land, Santa Barbara is waiting to welcome you this Labor Day. The following are just a few of many options to add to your itinerary when you’re looking to round out the holiday fun in true California style this Labor Day in Santa Barbara.

This Labor Day in Santa Barbara, Hike Through Stevens Park

Whether you’re traveling with the little ones this Labor Day or are simply looking for a charming destination where you can take to the trails and trek your way through an afternoon, Stevens Park is a great option. Located at 258 Canyon Drive, Stevens Park stretches over 25 acres of land and includes a maze of pathways to walk or run as well as a playground for the kids and a picnic area for those moments when you’re ready for a delicious bite in the open air. Do note that parking is limited so those looking to make the most of a quiet hike may want to arrive in the early morning hours.

Bike Shoreline Park

When you’re looking to participate in those activities over Labor Day that are quintessentially California, be sure to set aside some time to bike Shoreline Park during your visit. Found at Shoreline Drive and Santa Rosa Place, Shoreline Park extends 15 acres along the Pacific Ocean and makes for one of the most scenic routes imaginable to peddle your way through a day of fun. Feel free to take in the views and fresh air and when you’re hoping to capture a moment or two, you’ll want to be sure you have your phone or camera handy.


Santa Barbara enjoys amazing beaches that are ideal for the sunbathing enthusiast that makes their way to California over Labor Day but is also known for the stunning blue waters that lap the sand. For those that are excited to get out and experience the sights from a vantage point on the waves, setting aside time during your trip to paddleboard is sure to delight. This challenging, yet fun activity gives you every reason to work on your focus and balance but once you have the hang of it, provides just as much opportunity to settle in and savor the view.

Swim at Leadbetter Beach

Conveniently situated along Shoreline Drive, Labor Day visitors who love to get out and soak up the sun’s rays from a spot on the sand will find every reason to indulge in moments at Leadbetter Beach. Open from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm daily, Leadbetter Beach is a popular stop thanks to its soft sands and gentle surf that make it an ideal place to hop into the water on a warm California day. It’s just as well suited for those looking to encounter the best of underwater life so don’t forget your snorkel gear when you land at Leadbetter Beach for the better part of an afternoon.

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Picnic at Alameda Park

If your Labor Day plans have you traveling with the entire family, there’s no better way to bond than over a picnic lunch somewhere serene and scenic. When you’re looking to make time for a fresh-air meal, head over to Alameda Park at 1400 Santa Barbara Street. This iconic destination sits next to the Alice Keck Memorial Gardens and covers more than two city blocks in total. Visitors will enjoy the collection of open green spaces dotted with tables and gazebos that are paired with towering palm trees and a bandstand. There’s a large playground on-site for those little ones with some excess energy to burn while history buffs will appreciate the fact that Alameda Park is one of the oldest that Santa Barbara calls it’s own.

Bird Spotting Along Romero Canyon Trail

Travelers to Santa Barbara looking to immerse themselves in the dynamic terrain while also taking time to appreciate the birdlife native to this area will enjoy time spent on the Romero Canyon Trail. This 5.5-mile loop is moderately challenging and provides scenery that includes rivers, canyons, and of course, opportunities to spot winged creatures at every turn. Bring your binoculars when you hit this trail which is also dog-friendly.

See You in California

Whether you travel over Labor Day or are making plans to head to Santa Barbara any other time of year, the team at Paradise Retreats will happily handle your accommodation details so you can focus on the fun. Contact us today to learn more about our many area rental options available.