Take advantage of the three-day Labor Day Weekend this year by planning a trip to one of the most beautiful and fun-filled cities on the west coast. Santa Barbara is lovely in September, so what better time to come visit? While you’re here, you’ll want to make the most of the long weekend. Here are some ideas for attractions to hit each day for you Santa Barbara Labor Day Weekend.

Saturday

Plan to spend your first day in Santa Barbara at the beach, because you’ll be so excited to get to the water that you’ll just have to! Try Butterfly Beach for a relaxing scene, East Beach if you’re into beach volleyball, or Arroyo Burro Beach if you’re bringing your family dog along. Plan for something exciting while you’re there, too. You can swim all morning and soak up the sun, but sooner or later you’ll want to do something adventurous. Rent stand-up paddleboards for you and your family or take some surf lessons.

Sunday

Book a daytime whale watching tour with Condor Express so you can head out onto the ocean waves and see some of the most incredible sights Santa Barbara has to offer. There’s nothing more exciting than whale the whales breaching and lobtailing on the open seas. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the sights on land by taking a short and totally-worth-it hike to the 80-foot waterfall at Nojoqui Falls. In the evening, snag some tickets to see a show at the famous Granada Theatre.

Monday

You’ll probably be tired from all the adventuring, so why not do some shopping on the last day? Check out the Paseo Nuevo open-air mall, where you can explore for hours and still have more to see. This is also a great day to visit some museums. You won’t want to miss out on MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, which offers a unique and interactive approach to the art of science museums. As night approaches, you’ll want to enjoy the beach one last time. Try picking a beach you haven’t been to yet since Santa Barbara has so many to offer!

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you’ll want to do is find the best place to stay for you and your family! Paradise Retreats can help you find that perfect rental home. Just give us a call today and we can help you get started on your Santa Barbara getaway.