ACTIVITIES

Santa Barbara Activities

Santa Barbara Trolley TourAll aboard Santa Barbara’s original & longest running trolley tour and charter service. See the city in 90 minutes or hop off and on all day long!

Wheel Fun RentalsRent from California’s largest bike rental featuring hundreds of bicycles including specialty cycles, bicycles, Taga Bikes, Electric Bikes, beach rentals, and more!

Wine ToursExperience Santa Barbara County's premier wineries with knowledgeable guides. Enjoy tasting the region's exceptional wines and have...

Annual EventsA guide to annual events including Fiesta, SB Film Festival, Solstice Parade, Earth Day, Pacific Pride Festival, 4th of July, and more.

Arts and Crafts ShowEvery Sunday. The Arts and Crafts Show is a Santa Barbara Classic that has been a local tradtion for decades. It is strictly held as a...

BeachesA guide to local beaches including Santa Barbara, Goleta, Summerland, Montecito, and western Santa Barbara County.

BikingSanta Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches, iconic architecture, and award-winning wine, but it’s also a great place for cycling with an ideal climate where daytime temperatures range between 50–80º year-round.

Blueberry FarmSanta Barbara Blueberry Farm in the Santa Ynez Valley has thousands of healthy, pesticide-free blueberry plants of varying ages that are open...

Cachuma LakeSet amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake...

CampingThe Santa Barbara area has some excellent camping and RV facilities and most of it is either near a beach or nestled in a classic California canyon.

Farmers MarketThe Santa Barbara Farmers Market provides California farmers with direct access to market their products to the local community.

Fishermen's MarketFrom 6am-11am every Saturday year round, a handful of fishermen can be found on the City Pier (opposite Brophy Bros. restaurant) selling crab, shrimp, rockfish, ling cod, black cod...

FishingFrom Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara to Lake Casitas in Ojai, there are many popular local fishing options. Information about sport fishing and fishing clubs round out this guide.

GolfA guide to golf courses in Santa Barbara County and most of them are less than 30 minutes from downtown. All offer their own style and personality, which makes our beloved town a great spot for both professional and beginners.

Horseback RidingSome of the most spectacular scenery in Santa Barbara County can only be seen by riding into the wilderness on horseback.

Ice SkatingIce in Paradise's state-of-the-art arena provides affordable, year-round ice recreation for people of all ages and abilities.

KayakingOne of the most fun activities at the Santa Barbara Harbor is to rent a kayak or join a guided kayak tour. You can paddle around the harbor and admire the many yachts or paddle up the coast for a little more exercise and adventure.

ParksA guide to local parks including Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, and Summerland.

PoloEstablished in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the third oldest polo facility in the United States. You can attend a game even if you are not a member of the club.

SkateboardingThe Santa Barbara area includes two skateboard parks: Skater's Point near Stearns Wharf and the Goleta Skatepark at Wallis Park. A third skateboard park is planned for Ortega Park.

SkiingWhen there is snow on the South Coast, insiders quickly head to the Camino Cielo Ski Area, one of Santa Barbara's best-kept secrets.

SurfingThe Santa Barbara area has numerous surf spots and the test of time has proven these 10 destinations to be among the most popular: Rincon Point, Leadbetter Point, Campus Point, Coal Oil Point, Devereux Reef, Sands, Sandspit, Hammond's Reef, El Capitan State Beach, and Drakes.

TennisTennis is a popular, year-round, outdoor affair in the Santa Barbara area and this guide includes information about several local public and private tennis courts in addition to Pickleball courts.

Whale WatchingSanta Barbara is sheltered behind the Channel Islands and offers a fabulous opportunity to witness the migration of the gray whales, as well as spot other species of large marine mammals.