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Santa Barbara has found its way into the heart of countless vacationers. It is the go-to destination for millions of people, year after year. This is due to incredible weather regardless of the season, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a vibrant culture. As such, visitors find there are so many unique and exciting things to do on a Santa Barbara vacation. This is true for any vacation, but it is particularly true for the families that vacation here. When you come to Santa Barbara, look out for these activities that will provide for some fun for the whole family.

Spend a Day at the Beach

This is at the top of the list of must-do activities for any vacation in Santa Barbara, simply because you cannot experience beaches like this anywhere else. They are characterized by massive stretches of fine, white sand, cool waters, and amazing surroundings. If you are looking for some of the most beautiful waves in the country, you should go straight to Rincon Point. If you are looking for calmer waters offering safe swimming for younger kids, you will find it at Mesa Lane Beach. Regardless of the beach you settle down at, you can be sure that the kids will love frolicking through the water and the sand, and the parents will enjoy soaking up the sun in the beautiful weather.

Tour the City

Simply walking throughout the city will be an interesting and comfortable experience for the whole family, but if you want to make the most out of your explorations, you should take advantage of the services of the Santa Barbara Trolley Co. This 90-minute tour will take you through all of the coolest Santa Barbara sights, from Old Mission Santa Barbara to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. During this trip, the whole family gets to experience some amazing beauty while also learning a bit about the history of this city. The tour starts at the corner of Cabrillo Blvd and Garden once every hour from 10 am to 4 pm.

Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo

You can always be sure that the kids will love this activity, especially in a zoo as cool as this one. Not only are there over 500 amazing animals, but you can take advantage of special shows, pet certain animals, and feed others. This is a fun way to spend a day throughout some of California’s most beautiful terrain.

You cannot go wrong picking any one of these or countless other Santa Barbara activities with the family. You can be sure your Santa Barbara will be one of the most memorable you will ever take!

Santa Barbara is a wonderful vacation destination if you are looking to get away and relax. The area attracts millions of people a year that flock to this beach destination to relax and stick their feet in the sand. To help guide you in your journey of relaxation, we have put together the top five best relaxing activities to do in Santa Barbara during your next vacation.

East Beach

East Beach is the best stretch to catch some rays without being mobbed by crowds. The shoreline may still fill up more on the weekends, but East Beach is a bit more removed from State Street and the downtown area than the other beaches, offering more space to stretch out or take a walk along the sandy shores. You may have to protect yourself from the occasional rogue volleyball though, as there are more than a dozen sandy courts here.

Art Walks are a Fantastic Thing to Do in Santa Barbara

While taking a stroll on State Street, you’ll notice Santa Barbara’s prominent love of art. Businesses and local artists line this street to show off their artistic talent. Every Sunday, as well as some Saturdays, local artists partake in the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show. Walk along State Street and see some of the most beautiful works of art around.

Santa Barbara Zoo

Neighboring the Andree Clark Bird Refuge in the east part of downtown, the Santa Barbara Zoo gives visitors a taste of the exotic just a block from the sandy shore. Visitors can expect to see a very unique collection of different animals representing nearly every different habitat from around the world.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

North of downtown, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a refuge for bored beachgoers and nature enthusiasts alike. Visitors walk on unpaved paths through what, at times, looks like unremarkable brush. Walk through these amazing gardens and let your stress evaporate with the morning dew.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In the heart of downtown on bustling State Street, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art infuses some high culture into this laid-back Californian community. This world renown museum is a perfect location to stretch your legs and get out of the heat. Stroll around their amazing exhibits to get out of the heat and enjoy a more culturally driven attraction. This amazing attraction will stimulate your senses and distract you from the stresses of everyday life.

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