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Best things to do in Santa Barbara

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Seafood Restaurant
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“We love this place! Stiff cocktails, great seafood and beautiful view of the harbor. Try the baked clams! ”
110 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This place has location, location, location! It’s situated right on Hendry’s beach so it’s the perfect place for a sunset walk followed by cocktails by the sea! I’m not a huge fan of the food, but other people seem to like it. ”
97 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Check out the Bowl if you're up for a concert. There really isn't a bad seat. It's an outdoor stadium overlooking the ocean. ”
53 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“$$$ - Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! Amazing food with a trendy vibe. Best if you have a reservation. ”
87 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. ”
63 locals recommend
Courthouse
“M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. Guided tours, M-Sa 2pm and M, Tu, F 10:30am. Built in 1929 and the grandest building in the town. A working courthouse, this Spanish-Moorish castle has frescoes, murals and Tunisian tilework. The El Mirador Bell Tower provides great views of the city and the bay. The grounds contain a collection of palms and specimen trees from more than 25 countries and a printed guide to the plants is available. Free.”
79 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“The best in town.. Fresh, sushi bar or table, sake, incredible menu selections and more than just sushi. Enjoy.”
69 locals recommend
Church
“Some of Cali's oldest historic sites are missions built in the 1700s by Spaniards... John's famous quote goes like this: "In California 100 years is a long time, in Europe 100 miles is a long way"”
63 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located right on the water, it’s the perfect place to go for a fun day outdoors! Visitors can take a harbor tour on the Santa Barbara Water Taxi, or learn about our region’s wildlife at the Natural History Sea Center.”
56 locals recommend
History Museum
“Fun hands on museum with water features. Bring a change of clothes for the kiddos!”
49 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Well laid out gardens representing many different eco systems of California. Peaceful and delightful.”
54 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hendry's beach is a great place for dog lovers as it's the only off leash dog beach in santa barbara. The Boathouse has a good happy hour too! ”
54 locals recommend
Church
“Amazing lawn to relax on and the mission itself is historic. It has a lovely Rose Garden. The girl who was lost in the book, Island of the Blue dolphins when found lived here and is burried in the Mission. ”
31 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Comprises 27,000 works of art – an art museum of magnitude and quality more commonly found in cities eight times the size of Santa Barbara”
41 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“~ Some of the Best Mexican Food in California ~ Our Recommended Favorites: -Agaves Enchiladas -Queso Fundido -Alambres -Molcajetes -Arrachera ”
48 locals recommend
Beach
“A great place for couples, it's one of our few west facing beaches so a good place to see the sunset. ”
34 locals recommend