Travel — California
Santa Barbara Attractions
— Water Taxi
— Parade of Lights & Fireworks
Top Tourist Attraction
Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara's top tourist attraction. The world-famous
wharf is the city's most visited landmark, drawing over six million
visitors a year.
Home to little shops, harbor view restaurants and bars — and
a wine-tasting room, the historic wharf is a fun place to walk,
hang out and people-watch. It's about a mile long — and offers fabulous views of the ocean,
beach and Santa Barbara coastline.
The views are particularly stunning
during sunset and a full moon. During our last visit,
one night after dinner, we encountered
wharf — you could just make out their form and sounds as
they swam in the moonlight.
The main entrance to the wharf is located at the end of State Street, off
Cabrillo Blvd — look for the large Dolphin Fountain.
Built in 1872, today it's the oldest and longest working wooden wharf in California.
— Wharf to Harbor
Santa Barbara Water Taxi
Hop aboard "Lil'
Toot" — a
Santa Barbara tradition since 2003 — and see Santa Barbara's
Waterfront via Water Taxi.
Half-hourly Water Taxi trips run between the
harbor and Stearns Wharf daily (weather-permitting). Fun for kids
and adults alike!
Summer: 12 noon-6pm
Winter: 12 noon-sunset
Museum of Natural History
— Ty Warner Sea Center
Ty Warner Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf at the end of State Street.
Operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural
History, the Ty Warner Sea Center is an interactive marine education
facility, featuring interactive exhibits, live tidepool animal
encounters and more — fun for kids!
Sea Center Hours
Open daily 10am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 3pm, Christmas
Day, and New Years Day.
Ty Warner Sea Center
Restaurants, Bars & Grills
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.
We really like this place... and
judging from the lines out the door, we're not the only ones! It's
small and extremely
casual — located at the end of the wharf.
Counter seating inside overlooking the kitchen and wharf; limited seating
outside, overlooking the ocean. Fresh and delicious seafood — famous
for their Crab and Lobster dishes. Large fish
filled with Spider Lobsters. Reasonable
The Harbor Restaurant
Wine Spectator Award Winning Restaurant.
Longboards Beach Bar & Grill
— Casual-style restaurant, located upstairs from the Harbor Restaurant.
Fun outdoor deck overlooks the ocean.
Minnow Cafe - 805-962-6315
Tiny cafe just off main wharf
Moby Dick - 805-965-0549
Stearns Wharf Vintners
— Enjoy wine-tasting and casual foods. Outdoor deck overlooks the ocean.
Holiday Parade of Lights
and Fireworks Show
Every December, visitors and locals flock to the Waterfront
to see the lighted boats and yachts participate in the Annual Parade of Lights
and Fireworks Show — Stearns
Wharf and the Harbor Breakwater provide the best views for this FUN event.
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