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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! ”
112 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Fabulous inside / outside restaurant and bar on the beach - great food and cocktails.”
102 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Amazing restaurant in the popular “funk zone” area of Santa Barbara! Do not miss this restaurant- trendy, stellar food and exceptional service! Allergan friendly.”
86 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. ”
65 locals recommend
Courthouse
“This gorgeous complex includes the still-functioning Courthouse, Clock Tower, a sunken garden, and eye-catching Spanish Mural Room. Climb the Clock Tower to see the 18th century clock and take in breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Santa Barbara with wide mountain vistas and low hanging clouds. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy a tranquil setting in the sunken garden. As an iconic landmark of the city, this free attraction is a must-see during your visit. Admire the amazing architecture, including spiral staircases, thick wooden doors, and subtle touches that reveal the building's historic Spanish roots.”
79 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. ”
57 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.”
68 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"”
68 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Well laid out gardens representing many different eco systems of California. Peaceful and delightful.”
56 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.”
55 locals recommend
History Museum
“Guests learn about the Santa Barbara region’s unique and diverse natural history and then go outside to explore nature in the Museum Backyard.”
50 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! ”
63 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 ”
51 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”
44 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. ”
36 locals recommend
Food
“Located in the Funk Zone, the taproom features all the signature taps from the local California brewery based in the Santa Ynez Valley.  With indoor and outdoor seating, the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company taproom is the ideal stop for an afternoon beer to change things up after a long day wine tasting on the urban wine trail”
48 locals recommend