Santa Barbara Recreation

Santa Barbara Outdoor Recreation

Scuba gear - check. Hiking boots - check. Lousy weather - uncheck! Clear skies, sunshine and year-round mild weather put smiles on the faces of visitors who love to explore a destination inside and out, with the emphasis on "out."

And if you think we're all about the beach, think again. Santa Barbara is an equal-opportunity water, land and air destination. Sure, surfers and boogie boarders can ride the waves, and kayakers can dip their paddles, but head for the hills and you can be almost 2,500 feet above sea level, hiking to the hot springs of Gaviota Peak, horseback riding in the Santa Barbara hills or rock climbing "The Y" at San Ysidro Canyon. If golf is your game, Santa Barbara's many world-class golf courses will beckon with their rolling fairways and panoramic views.

Across the Santa Barbara Channel, you'll find Channel Islands National Park—a string of five islands uninhabited by people, but home to a variety of unique animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth. From Santa Barbara Harbor, take a short boat trip (keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and seals!) to enjoy a day of guided sea kayaking, hiking or snorkeling along this mystic coastline. 

Do your dreams take you even higher? With just a few hours training, get a birds-eye view of the Pacific coastline as you paraglide your way through a vacation you'll never forget. 

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El Capitan Canyon
  • 11560 Calle Real
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Information: 805-685-3887

Located fifteen minutes north of downtown Santa Barbara, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, lies El Capitan Canyon, an incredible resort secluded amongst ancient sycamores ...MORE

  • 219 Stearns Wharf
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2146
  • Information: (805) 681-0252

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its ...MORE

A Wheel Fun Rentals
  • 23 East Cabrillo Blvd.
  • 22 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 966-2282

Unique bikes & way more!Welcome to Wheel Fun Rentals, home of the nation's premier recreational rental outlets. Look for us in leisure time and tourist destinations, in parks, at beaches, in hotels ...MORE

Adventure Company of Santa Barbara
  • 32 E Haley St
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Information: 805-884-9283

  We are proudly ranked NUMBER ONE on TripAdvisor out of 104 attractions in Santa Barbara! See a part of Santa Barbara few visitors ever get to experience with the best outfitter in town. Our guides ...MORE

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Santa Barbara
  • 1 Garden Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 603-5620

Turn Santa Barbara into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure.  Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make ...MORE

Beach Horseback Riding of Santa Barbara
  • Hwy 101 at Padaro & Lambert Roads
  • Summerland, California, CA 93067
  • Information: (805) 688-5984

Romantic ... Invigorating ... Inspiring Private & small group rides offered daily on a secluded Santa Barbara beach.  It's Great Fun for Couples and Families! Experience the invigorating (and ...MORE

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area & Campground
  • Highway 154
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Information: 805-568-2460

Fall into the fall season at Cachuma Lake! Come camping and witness the beautiful transformation into cool, crisp days and nights. Leaves are changing colors and slowly drifting to the ground.  Fall ...MORE

Captain Jack's Tours & Events
  • 933 Castillo St
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-564-1819

Captain Jack's Tours has been voted “Best Wine Tour” in the Santa Barbara News Press Readers Choice award for the 3rd year in a row. We offer Wine Tasting tours starting at $70, Beer ...MORE

Celebration Cruises of Santa Barbara
  • 237 Stearns Wharf
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 896-6900

What’s Fun to do in Santa Barbara? Lil’ Toot is a beautifully built yellow tugboat that is cute and memorable. The interior is light and comfortable with padded seating for all. Our ...MORE

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • Ocean Science Education Bldg 514, MC-6155
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155
  • Information: (805) 966-7107

Close to Santa Barbara, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the ocean environment surrounding five of the eight California Channel Islands - Anacapa, Santa Cruz, ...MORE

Channel Islands Outfitters
  • 117 B Harbor Way
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: (805) 899-4925

Channel Islands Outfitters is authorized by the National Park Service to provide guided kayaking, snorkeling, and educational experiences. Our world famous "Caves and Coves" adventures have been crowd ...MORE

Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables
  • 1800 Refugio Road
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Information: 805-968-1113

Luxurious Accommodations, Fine Cuisine, Horseback riding. Amazing horseback riding, tranquil surroundings, excellent food and warm hospitality await you at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch. Whether you’re ...MORE

City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation~Chase Palm Park
  • 620 Laguna St.
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 564-5418

Flanked by towering palms on one side and the blue Pacific on the other, the Chase Palm Park Center is a “hidden jewel” located on the ocean side of Cabrillo Boulevard opposite the ...MORE

City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department
  • 132-A Harbor Way
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: (805) 564-5531

Summer is here and there's no better way to enjoy what makes Santa Barbara the amazing town that it is than heading down to the Santa Barbara Waterfront. With the historic Stearns Wharf to the ...MORE

Cloud Climbers Jeep & Wine Tours
  • 209 State Street
  • Door to Door Service all over Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-646-3200

Join us for a climb above the clouds in our comfortable, safe, 4 to 7-passenger custom Jeeps to the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains and beyond. From off-road trails to lush valley vineyards, ...MORE

Condor Express Whale Watching
  • 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
  • In the Santa Barbara Harbor
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 882-0088

The Condor Express offers a variety of spectacular excursions in the Santa Barbara Channel aboard our state of the art high - speed catamaran, the 75' CONDOR EXPRESS. Our cruising ground includes the ...MORE

Enjoy The Mountain
  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Upper Oso Campground (Camuesa OHV)
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Information: (844) 386-6691

Our mission is to help you Enjoy the Mountain! We are the premier provider of adventure and off-road experiences in Southern California. We offer ATV Tours, rentals, and much more. With our ...MORE

Flag is Up Farms
  • Call or Email To Learn More
  • Solvang, CA 93463
  • Information: (805) 688-6288

What we do at Flag Is Up Farm Private & Corporate Events Monty and Pat Roberts offer an enriching experience for your team building exercise, incentive trip, or corporate assembly. In the ...MORE

Glen Annie Golf Club
  • 405 Glen Annie Rd.
  • Goleta, CA 93117
  • Information: (805) 968-6400

Glen Annie Golf Club is a championship golf course situated in the rolling foothills of scenic Santa Barbara. This challenging layout is enhanced by breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views and ...MORE

Hidden Oaks Clubhouse
  • 4760 Calle Camarada
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93110-2053
  • Information: (805) 967-5574

Our ranch-style clubhouse overlooks a beautiful Billy Casper designed executive nine golf course and the Santa Ynez mountains. Manicured lawns, pond, pool deck and event rooms with oak floors and ...MORE

Hilda Ray Park
  • 1420 Kenwood Drive
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: 805-564-5418

A small, out of the way, neighborhood park with spectacular views of the city and Santa Ynez mountains that can be enjoyed from the picnic tables or the children's playground area. Reservable sites.

Jalama Beach County Park & Campground
  • 9999 Jalama Road
  • Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Information: (805) 568-2461

Land near Jalama Creek was once a Chumash Indian settlement named "Halama". In 1943, 23.5 acres of privately owned land was donated to the County of Santa Barbara, and thus, our park was formed. ...MORE

La Mesa Park
  • 295 Meigs Rd - next to the lighthouse
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-564-5418

This lush and friendly neighborhood park features a children's playground and reservable group picnic facilities. Other highlights include towering trees and a short, pleasant walk to a spectacular ...MORE

  • Please call to make a reservation.
  • Directions to the Visitor Entrance will be provided on receipt of your reservation.
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  • Information: 805-969-9990

Ganna Walska Lotusland, the 37-acre estate of the late Madame Ganna Walska located in Montecito, is a rare botanical nirvana. Lotusland features an enormous diversity of exotic plants from around the ...MORE

Municipal Tennis Courts
  • 1414 Park Place
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Information: 805-564-5573

Twelve hard courts include an enclosed wood stadium court and three lighted courts until 9pm. Three backboards. Main tournament site. Historic wood stadium.

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