Top 19 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.

Backroads Deluxe Winetasting Tour with Lunch by Adventure Hummer Tours
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

$193
per person

El Paseo Wine & Photography Tour by Eat This, Shoot That!
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
Full-Day Bicycle Rental by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Funk Zone Food & Photography Tour by Eat This, Shoot That!
Set out on foot with a 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 best... Read More
Kayak Rental by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Original Downtown Food Tour by Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours
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 person

Private American Riviera Kayaking Tour by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Private Beaches & Boardwalks Bicycle Tour by SB Fit Tours
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
Group ( 2 Travelers )

Private Coastal Road Bike Tour by SB Fit Tours
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
Group ( 2 Travelers )

Private Epic View Road Bike Tour by SB Fit Tours
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
Group ( 2 Travelers )

Private Kayaking Tour at Butterfly Beach by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Private Kayaking Tour at West Beach by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Private Mountain Bike Tour for Beginners by SB Fit Tours
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
Group ( 2 Travelers )

Private Stand-up Paddleboarding Lesson by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Private Surfing Lesson by SB Fit Tours
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 person

Smartphone-Guided City Scavenger Hunt
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

$15
per person

Stand-up Paddleboard Rental by SB Fit Tours
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
Group ( 2 to 4 Travelers )

Surfboard Rental with Beach Delivery by SB Fit Tours
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 person

VIP Santa Barbara Wine Tour by Another Side Tours
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 person

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