things to do in santa barbara

Explore Stearns Wharf, the Mission and other local attractions & events

A haven for arts aficionados, wine connoisseurs and lovers of the great outdoors, Santa Barbara offers plenty of things to do, see and experience. Families can enjoy relaxing on the beach or exploring attractions like the Santa Barbara Zoo. Check out a local brewery or local wine tasting room, zip along the Cabrillo Bike Path or visit landmarks like Stearns Wharf and the Mission.

Ideally situated in the heart of the action, West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel places many of Santa Barbara’s most noteworthy points of interest right at your fingertips. Check out some of our favorite things to do in the area, and let us know if you’d like more information!


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Santa Barbara Bowl

Distance from Hotel: 2.4 miles

The Santa Barbara Bowl is one of the city's most popular event venues, and has been for over 80 years. 

Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf & Santa Barbara Harbor

Distance from Hotel: 0.6 miles

Wander along Santa Barbara Harbor and explore the many shops at Stearns Wharf - from souvenirs and shells to candy and much more.

Downtown shopping area

Downtown Santa Barbara

Distance from Hotel: 1.7 miles

Our hotel is just three blocks from State Street, the hub of downtown Santa Barbara's shopping and dining.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Distance from Hotel: 3.2 miles

Santa Barbara's most iconic landmark, the Mission was founded in 1786 and is home to a community of Franciscan friars. It also includes a museum a church and picturesque gardens.

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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Rooms

Distance from Hotel: 1 mile

Santa Barbara and surrounding areas have some outstanding wine tasting rooms. Walk three block and raise a glass! 

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Distance from Hotel: 1.5 miles

Built in 1929, this majestic building was constructed in a Spanish-Moorish style and features lush lawns and a sunken tropical garden.


Santa Barbara Zoo

Distance from Hotel: 2.3 miles

Treat your family to a day of fun and learning at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Explore the different exhibits and attend some of the zoo's year-round events.

Palm trees on beach in Santa Barbara

Cabrillo Bike Path

Distance from Hotel: 1 mile

One of the area's most popular bike trails, the Cabrillo Boulevard Bike Path winds along scenic beaches in Santa Barbara and Montecito.

Artwork on wall at Santa Barbara Funk Zone

Santa Barbara Funk Zone

Distance from Hotel: 0.7 miles

One of the city's best-known neighborhoods, the Santa Barbara Funk Zone is famous as a destination for art, beer and wine lovers.

Beer flight


Santa Barbara has plenty of great local breweries to visit. Come see what the buzz is all about!

Beach in Santa Barbara


Travel up and down the coast and visit some of our favorite beaches.


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Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Old Spanish Days Fiesta

2021-08-04 00:00:00 - 2021-08-08 00:00:00

Santa Barbara’s rich heritage comes alive during the first week in August with the music, dance and pageantry of Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Downtown shopping area


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