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