Santa Barbara, California sits in the sun along the beautiful coastline of the vast Pacific. Popular as a vacation destination, it's easy to see why; from its attractive beaches to the taste of wine country, Santa Barbara has a lot to offer prospective vacationers. Here are a few ideas of things to do and places to go in Santa Barbara:
With over 30 acres of land and hundreds of animals, the Santa Barbara Zoo is set up to preserve and showcase the animals there in their natural surroundings. You don't have to be a kid to appreciate the stunning array of wildlife showcased here.
If you fancy the taste of wine, the Sustainable Vine Wine Tours are for you. With group or private tours available, your wine preferences are taken into account. Transportation is provided by an owner with exclusive access to the winery, barrel room, and a walking tour of a vineyard.
Located close to the mainland, Channel Islands National Park contains a plethora of things to see and things to do. Kayak tours are a fantastic way to view and explore the coastline and the host of marine and animal life around the islands. If you love to snorkel, swim beneath the surface of the waters surrounding the islands to explore the wonders of the kelp forest.
If museums are your thing or rainy weather stands in the way of outdoor activities, spend a day going through the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Both museums offer an extensive history of the area with interactive experiences for children and adults.
Take things up a notch (literally) with a helicopter tour. There's no better way to make the most of the Santa Barbara experience than to view it from above. With professional pilots who are also trained as guides, the panoramic view is perfect for seeing the homes of celebrities, landmarks, and marine life, like dolphins.
Santa Barbara offers a host of activities and hot-spots to make your vacation fun and memorable. Check these places out and others along the way to make the most of your stay.