Top 39 Things to do in Santa Barbara, California

Perched along the California coast between the Pacific Ocean and Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara enjoys an ideal location. Whether you are on the hunt for new outdoor activities or a palate-pleasing meal, there are things to do in Santa Barbara that will fit nicely on your travel itinerary. The region is also renowned for its wine, beach activities, and quaint neighborhoods. With a relatively small population and a boatload of charm, this Southern California destination is a perfect fit for nearly any type of traveler.

2-Day Stunt-Driving Experience
Get away from the nightmarish Los Angeles traffic and prepare for the ride of a lifetime with this 2-day stunt-driving class that lets you learn to drive like a pro. Soak up knowledge from professional stunt drivers and feel what... Read More

$2,250
per Traveler

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Embark on an interactive tour of Santa Barbara and explore the city while following hints and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and historical sites including Arlington Theater, State Street, and Casa de la Guerra while you solve puzzles that lead... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$38
per Group

Backroads Deluxe Winetasting Tour with Lunch
Home to some of California’s most sought-after wines, explore Santa Barbara wine country in Santa Ynez and visit 4 picturesque wineries. Have a taste of more than 20 different regional wines including a variety of reds and whites to choose... Read More

$229
per Adult

Day Trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Enjoy a full-day trip by rail to LA from Santa Barbara, avoiding LA's infamous traffic as you skirt along the Western coastline aboard a sleek commuter train. Once in the city, tour LA's famous sites aboard a hop-on hop-off bus,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$299
per Adult

El Paseo Wine & Photography Tour
Hit up Santa Barbara's historic Presidio neighborhood for a tasty tour for budding oenophiles and savvy connoisseurs alike. As you sip and sample your way through the tasting rooms of the Wine Collection of El Paseo, pick up tips from... Read More

$99
per Traveler

Full-Day Bicycle Rental
Cruise around the streets, trails, beaches, and boulevards of Santa Barbara to discover the city's famous sights and often-overlooked corners on a comfortable bike. With your choice of mountain, road, electric, hybrid, or beach cruiser bike, there's no limit to... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$35
per Traveler

Full-Day Classic Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch
With rolling coastal mountains to the east and pristine beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is a gem, and its inland wine country is one of the best places in California to sip on fine reds and whites. Stop at... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$130
per Adult

Kayak Rental
Explore the calm waters, quiet harbors, and scenic beaches scattered around Santa Barbara in a comfortable and easy-to-use kayak. With your choice of a single or tandem kayak, check out the boardwalk along Stearns Wharf, enjoy views of the Santa... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 day

Free cancellation

$75
per Traveler

Original Downtown Food Tour
Nibble your way through Santa Barbara's charming center as you explore the flavors and meet the chefs of this sunny coastal city. Sample fresh-baked breads and cheesy slices of pizza as you follow an experienced local guide and passionate foodie... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

3 hours 30 minutes

$79
per Traveler

Private American Riviera Kayaking Tour
Grab a paddle and head out into the calm waters just outside of Santa Barbara's boat-packed harbor to explore charming waterfronts and dramatic landscapes. Explore what locals call the American Riviera on this private kayaking excursion with an experienced guide.... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$95
per Traveler

Private Beaches & Boardwalks Bicycle Tour
Put your feet to the pedals of a comfortable bike and hit the streets of Santa Barbara for a private tour of this charming city. Cruise past sandy beaches on wide boardwalks, get up-close looks at stunning architecture, and listen... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$190
per Group

Private Coastal Road Bike Tour
Coast down mellow slopes on winding roads, sweat out steep climbs to reach lofty vantage points, and meander down flat lanes lined with rugged cliff faces on this private road biking tour. With a private guide and a customized route,... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$270
per Group

Private Epic View Road Bike Tour
Put your feet to the pedals of a speedy road bike and charge up the hills around Santa Barbara to snag incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. On this private biking excursion, your guide is happy to... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$330
per Group

Private Full Day Boutique Winery Tour with Lunch
Dive into the diverse landscape of Southern California's wineries as you escape into the amazing vineyards of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. Sit back on this small-group tour and let your private chauffeur drive you to top boutique wineries in... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$169
per Adult

Private Kayaking Tour at Butterfly Beach
Spend an active day paddling around the surf near the sandy shores of Butterfly Beach in sunny Santa Barbara. Look for local wildlife, spot sprawling estates, and get unique views of the Santa Ynez Mountains on this private kayaking excursion... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per Traveler

Private Kayaking Tour at West Beach
Spend an active day on the coast by exploring the navy waters off the shores of sun-soaked Santa Barbara. Tag along with an experienced local kayak guide and work on your paddling stroke as you check out quaint wooden piers,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per Traveler

Private Minibus: Santa Barbara - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and your Santa Barbara hotel in the comfort of a minibus. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

2 hours

Free cancellation

$475
per Vehicle

Private Minibus: Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Santa Barbara Airport and your hotel in the comfort of a minibus. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

20 minutes

Free cancellation

$99
per Vehicle

Private Mountain Bike Tour for Beginners
Cruise along oceanfront bluffs and down winding trails that lead to shady groves of eucalyptus trees, admiring views of the Pacific Ocean as you pedal. With an experienced guide to lead the way, explore the rugged side of Santa Barbara's... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$190
per Group

Private Sedan: Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Santa Barbara Airport and your hotel or residence in the comfort of a Sedan. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

20 minutes

Free cancellation

$56
per Vehicle

Private Sommelier-Led Winetasting Tour in Santa Barbara County with Lunch
Set out for a relaxing, hands-on, and educational wine appreciation tour with a certified sommelier and wine country expert as your guide. Sample regional varietals, linger over an al fresco lunch among the vines, and tour the cellar and winemaking... Read More

$1,200
per Adult

Private Stand-up Paddleboarding Lesson
Head to the sunny shores of Santa Barbara and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon spent learning how to cruise around the Pacific Ocean atop a stand-up paddleboard. With experienced instructors to teach you the skills and techniques you need to know,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$85
per Traveler

Private Standard Car: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) and your hotel in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to and from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

10 minutes

Free cancellation

$60
per Vehicle

Private Stretch Limousine: Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between the Santa Barbara Airport and your hotel in the comfort of a Lincoln stretch limousine. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

20 minutes

Free cancellation

$84
per Vehicle

Private Stretch Limousine: Santa Barbara to Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and your Santa Barbara hotel in the comfort of a Lincoln stretch limousine. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

2 hours

Free cancellation

$399
per Vehicle

Private Stretch Limousine: Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and your Santa Ynez Valley hotel in the comfort of a Lincoln stretch limousine. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$180
per Vehicle

Private Surfing Lesson
Head to the beaches of Santa Barbara and hang ten as you seek out Southern California's best breaks and killer curls. With an experienced local surf instructor to guide you, work on catching your first wave or honing your current... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$85
per Traveler

Private Towncar: Santa Barbara to Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and your Santa Barbara hotel in the comfort of a towncar. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

2 hours

Free cancellation

$288
per Vehicle

Private Towncar: Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and your Santa Ynez Valley hotel in the comfort of a towncar. The areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$144
per Vehicle

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food & Photography Tour
Set out on foot with a smartphone camera in hand for a tastebud-driven exploration of Santa Barbara's lively and artistic Funk Zone. Snap photos of colorful dishes, stylish restaurant decor, and beachfront landmarks, and discover some of this SoCal city's... Read More
Shared Shuttle: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Enjoy convenient and top-of-the-line shared transportation between Los Angeles International Airport and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

20 minutes

Free cancellation

$25
per Adult

Smartphone-Guided Anacapa Wine Walk with Tastings
Take a day to explore the most popular tasting rooms in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone on this smartphone-guided wine tour. Ideal for an afternoon stroll, this posh package lets you move at your own pace and grants you access to... Read More

$38
per Adult

Smartphone-Guided Funk Zone Wine Tour with Tastings
Indulge your palate with a comprehensive, smartphone-guided wine tour of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. Spend as much time as you like sampling diverse and intriguing wines at a number of the neighborhood's most popular tasting rooms and getting an insider's... Read More

$54
per Adult

Smartphone-Guided Lagoon District Brewery Tour with Tastings
Taste your way around Santa Barbara's Lagoon District with this smartphone-guided tour that's ideal for brew lovers. Take your time in visiting a number of the area's best craft breweries, sampling pints, flights, and growlers of the prized beers that... Read More

$38
per Adult

Smartphone-Guided Presidio Wine Walk with Tastings
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Presidio is renowned for its historic value and premium wines. This smartphone-guided tour allows you to step into a number of popular tasting rooms to sample exceptional vintages as you explore... Read More

$65
per Adult

Smartphone-Guided Solvang Wine Walk with Tastings
Make your way around Solvang on this smartphone-guided tour, exploring the city's scenic, European-style charm as you sip on exquisite wines. This leisurely package allows you to see the town at your own pace and gives you access to tastings... Read More

$54
per Adult

Stand-up Paddleboard Rental
Grab a paddle and explore the calm waters, quiet marinas, and sandy beaches of Santa Barbra on a stand-up paddleboard. Ideal for beginners looking to try a new sport or experienced boarders who want to hone their skills, this active... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 day

Free cancellation

$50
per Traveler

Surfboard Rental with Beach Delivery
Grab a board and hit the waters off the coast of sunny Santa Barbara for a day spent hanging ten on Pacific Ocean waves. With high-quality gear and convenient delivery and pick-up services to a variety of locations, enjoy catching... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 day

Free cancellation

$50
per Traveler

VIP Santa Barbara Wine Tour
Ride out to the wineries of Santa Barbara in a stretch limousine and try out the drinks at up to 4 different vineyards and cellars. Breathe in the fresh air, savor the local flavors, and admire the gorgeous sights of... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$599
per Traveler

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