Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Santa Barbara

MOXI

Part of the regeneration of this neglected strip of State St, Moxi's three floors filled with hands-on displays covering science, arts and technology themes will tempt families in, even when it's not raining outside…
Top Choice Historic Building in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Built in Spanish-Moorish Revival style in 1929, the courthouse features hand-painted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers and tiles from Tunisia and Spain. On the 2nd floor, step inside the hushed mural room depicting…
Top Choice Church in Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara

California's ‘Queen of the Missions’ reigns above the city on a hilltop perch over a mile north of downtown. Its imposing Ionic facade, an architectural homage to an ancient Roman chapel, is topped by an unusual twi…
Zoo in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Zoo

Small (so it's perfect for young kids) Santa Barbara Zoo has 146 species covering all creatures great and small, including several not found in many other zoos. Asian elephants Little Mac and Sujatha have been toget…
Waterfront in Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf

The southern end of State St gives way to Stearns Wharf, a rough wooden pier lined with souvenir shops, snack stands and seafood shacks. Built in 1872, it’s the oldest continuously operating wharf on the West Coast,…
Gardens in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Take a soul-satisfying jaunt around this 40-acre botanic garden, devoted to California’s native flora. Miles of partly wheelchair-accessible trails meander past cacti, redwoods and wildflowers and by the old mission…
Museum in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

On the harborfront, this jam-packed, two-story exhibition hall celebrates the town’s briny history with nautical artifacts, memorabilia and hands-on exhibits, including a big-game fishing chair from which you can ‘r…
Beach in Santa Barbara

Arroyo Burro Beach County Park

Swim (lifeguards on duty), stroll or just picnic on this gem of a stretch of sand, also known as Hendry's Beach, 5 miles southwest of Santa Barbara. It's flat, wide, away from tourists and great for kids, who can go…
Museum in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This thoughtfully curated, bite-sized art museum displays European and American masters – including Monet, Van Gogh and Degas – along with photography, classical antiquities and Asian artifacts and thought-provoking…
Museum in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Embracing a romantic cloistered adobe courtyard, this peaceful little museum tells the story of Santa Barbara. Its endlessly fascinating collection of local memorabilia ranges from the simply beautiful, such as Chum…