Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera. Shop, surf or relax on the beach to your heart’s content. Find a number of attractions, activities, and things to do in Santa Barbara below.
Things to do in Santa Barbara
A Concierge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara shares tips to make your stay in Santa Barbara a memorable one, from the best wine tour to the most scenic spots to visit.
Where to Shop in Santa Barbara
Browse the artful fashion and home décor boutiques of this California seaside retreat.
Four Seasons Santa Barbara: Within Walking Distance
Take a walk or hop on a bike to enjoy the best of this coastal California city, from the wines to the waves.
Enjoy nearby Butterfly Beach and its quiet, stunning sunsets. Other notable beaches include East Beach, which is only 1.9 miles (3 kilometres) up the coast near downtown Santa Barbara. and Leadbetter Beach, which is approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) from the Resort, in front of Santa Barbara City College.
Enjoy special privileges at spectacular golf courses nearby. Experience breathtaking ocean and mountain views of Sandpiper Golf Course, ancient oaks and 19th-century adobe structures along the Rancho San Marcos Golf Course or challenging greens and Pacific Ocean vistas of the Montecito Club.
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara, often referred to as the Queen of California Missions for its graceful beauty, was founded in 1786, the tenth of 21 Franciscan missions in California.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Spread across a knoll overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Barbara Zoo Gardens features a variety of animals from around the world, including a petting zoo. Of the many species found at the zoo, 14 are part of an international species survival plan.
Take a tour of the seafood market, restaurants, gallerias and shops located on the West Coast's oldest operating wooden pier.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Located on Sterns Wharf, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center provides hands-on exploration of the diverse sea life found in the unique underwater habitat of the Santa Barbara Channel.
Santa Barbara Courthouse
The Santa Barbara Courthouse was completed in 1929 in a mission-revival style. The interior houses murals, rare art work, imported tiles and other artwork.
Santa Barbara Harbor and Waterfront
Offers sailboat charters, fresh fish markets, seafood restaurants, whale watching, kayaking and deep sea fishing.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Houses treasures from Santa Barbara's colourful past, covering three eras: Spanish, Mexican and American.
Museum of Natural History
Focuses on regional natural history, with an emphasis on birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology and Native Americans, including the Chumash Indians.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Known for local and international exhibits, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art houses many different pieces from paintings to sculptures and much more.
Discover nearly 175 wineries on this entrancing drive though the world-renowned Santa Ynez region – a perfect day trip – and just one of many exciting places to explore.
Cruises and Sailing
Cruises and sailing are available in sailboats, safari boats or catamarans. Explore the wharf and harbour, coastal areas or the Channel Islands.
Between late February and mid-May, visitors can watch the migration of the grey whales travelling north through the Santa Barbara Channel to feeding grounds in the Bering Sea.
Paseo Nuevo Mall
Santa Barbara's outdoor shopping mall featuring Macys, Nordstrom, Banana Republic and more.
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
The club, established in 1911, is one of the oldest polo facilities in the United States. In addition to three polo fields, which host international outdoor competitions, the facilities include an enclosed polo area, a clubhouse, horse exercise and boarding facilities and a tennis centre.
University of California at Santa Barbara
UCSB is home to the basketball teams (male and female) The Gauchos. Contact the Gaucho Intercollegiate Athletic Ticket Office for a schedule of events.
Santa Barbara Bowl
Presenting performances by popular artists, the Santa Barbara Bowl features outdoor seating in a casual atmosphere.
Year-round live concerts, symphony and historic movie theatre.
Year-round live theatre, music and opera events.