Attractions in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Zoo
Touted as the "world's most beautiful zoo", the Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 500 animals on 30 acres. In addition to viewing 160 species of mammals in open habitats, you can also visit the zoo's barnyard to feed the goats or ride the carousel. Don't miss the highlight of a visit to the zoo; hand feeding the giraffes. Though big on fun, the Santa Barbara Zoo is small enough to experience in about half a day.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
The Santa Barbara of Art is home to 27,000 works of art from around the world. The museum's permanent collection represents 5,000 years of artistic creations and includes paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles and more. The museum strives to bring art into the lives of people and as part of this mission offers a children's gallery where young artist can explore hands on activities.

Sandford Winery & Vineyard
Located in the heart of the Santa Rita hills, Sandford Winery & Vineyard is one of the Santa Barbara area's many fine wineries. Ocean winds provide excellent growing conditions and the winery specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while focusing on sustainable growing practices. The winery provides group tours and tasting practices as well as private vineyard tours.

Santa Barbara Mission
The Santa Barbara Mission, which was founded in 1786, played an integral role in the history of the town. Today, the mission is home to a group of Franciscan friars and serves as an active church. This mission, which is known for it's graceful architecture, offers a variety of self guided and docent lead tours. In addition to the beautiful church building, visitors are able to walk through the historic cemetery, museum and on-site botanical gardens.

Santa Barbara Trolley Company
There's no better way to explore Santa Barbara than Santa Barbara Trolley Company. Part transportation and part guided city tour, trolley rides offer a fun and flexible way to visit many areas of the city. Tours visit downtown Santa Barbara, Dolphin Fountain, State Street and the harbor among others. Along the way tour guides offer historical information and entertaining anecdotes. Tickets are valid all day and visitors are free to get off at any of the 14 stops, explore the area and return to complete the 90-minute tour as they please.