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How to Spend 2 Days in Santa Barbara

How to Spend 2 Days in Santa Barbara

With two days in Santa Barbara, you’ll have time to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, immerse yourself in the local art scene, and explore the outdoors. Here’s how.

Day 1: History and Culture

**Morning:**Spend your first morning in Santa Barbara learning about local history with a visit to the Old Mission, celebrated for its beautiful 18th-century colonial architecture and rooms full of historic artifacts. A short walk away the Museum of Natural History houses exhibits focused on the ecological life of Southern California.

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head to the trendy Funk Zone neighborhood for lunch at a wine bar or brewery, giving yourself plenty of time to browse the area’s numerous art galleries and boutiques. From here, make your way to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, known for its extensive collection of photography and European art.

**Night:**When night falls, visit Stearns Wharf to sample fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants that look out over the bay. After dinner, it’s worth catching a live theatrical, dance, or operatic performance at The Granada Theatre, a beautifully restored early 20th-century theater and ground zero for cultural life in Santa Barbara.


Day 2: Outdoor Exploration

**Morning:**Explore the great outdoors on your second day. Start with a visit to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a sprawling, 78-plus acre conservatory full of lush greenery, not to mention more than five miles of hiking trails that offer shoreline views. Save time by bringing a picnic lunch.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, go to the beach. Many first-timers make a beeline to the city’s most popular coastal spot, Leadbetter Beach, which is ideal for sunbathing and surfing. Another popular alternative is Shoreline Park, a 15-acre stretch of park and beach with views of the Channel Islands.

**Night:**Watching the sunset from the beach is a lovely way to wrap up your second day in Santa Barbara, but the best views are from right in the middle of the water. Guided kayak tours depart from the Santa Barbara Harbor—just don’t forget to bring your camera for a final shot of the sun dipping into the Pacific Ocean.

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Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

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Explore Santa Barbara by electric bike, covering plenty of ground on a morning or afternoon excursion. Ride your easy-to-use beach cruiser to key landmarks such as State Street and the Santa Barbara Mission as your knowledgeable guide shares the city’s history during this Santa Barbara bike tour. Have your camera ready as you glide along the renowned Pacific coastline. Numbers are limited to five people, ensuring personalized attention and a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

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Walk right past the crowds on this food tour in Downtown Santa Barbara. Your guide leads the way as you pop into five to six tasting locations and one wine tasting room. Savor dishes and drinks locals have made a staple in their everyday lives, and learn about other places to eat and drink during your stay. If you have any food allergies or aversions or do not drink alcohol, please let us know in advance so we can do our best to accommodate.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

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Ride the waves near Santa Barbara like a pro during this introductory surfing lesson. Get the hang of surfing fundamentals like paddling, ‘reading’ waves, catching waves, and standing up as you learn on the world-famous surfing beaches of Southern California. Your knowledgeable instructors, with more than 25 years of experience combined, will teach you all the skills you need.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.70
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Event Transportation

Event Transportation

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Spend a carefree day sipping your way through the Santa Ynez Valley on a private wine tour four you and up to 9 friends. After pickup from Solvang and surrounding areas, a dedicated guide chauffeurs you to the region’s top wineries on a customized itinerary designed just for your group. Spend as long as you like at each stop and taste the best Santa Ynez varietals, all without the need to appoint a designated driver.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.00
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