Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Museum in Santa Barbara

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 ‘reel in’ a trophy marlin. Take a virtual trip through the Santa Barbara Channel, stand on a surfboard or watch deep-sea-diving documentaries in the theater. There’s 90 minutes of free parking in the public lot or take the Lil’ Toot water taxi from Stearns Wharf.