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Points of Interest for Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Summerland, Carpinteria and Isla Vista

Points of Interest in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a full menu of must-see historical sites, museums, beaches, and other places to experience

  • Air Heritage Museum
    Displays include planes, books, artifacts,and souvenirs from the wars and famous flying aces.
    Open 11 am-2pm, FrI-Sun.
    601 Firestone Rd. Goleta 683-8936
     
  • El Presidio de Santa Barbara Historic Park
    Founded in 1782, this was Spain92s last governmental outpost built in America. Recent restorations have added to its exhibits and history.
    123 E. Canon Perdido 966-9719
     
  • Karpeles Manuscript Museum
    Large collection of prized documents and rare manuscripts.
    21 W. Anapamu St. 962-5322
 
  • Mission Santa Barbara
    The tenth of the California missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans was established December 4,1786. Its beautiful setting, unique twin bell towers, lovely facade and glorious rose gardens have earned it the title "Queen of the Missions."
    2201 Laguna St. 682-4713
 
  • Nature Conservancy Visitor Center
    Exhibits of natural habitats preserved by the Nature Conservancy.
    213 Stearns Wharf 962-9111
  • Old Spanish Days Carriage Museum
    Collection of unique Santa Barbara pioneer family carriages, buggies, carts, and stagecoaches.
    129 Castillo St. 962-2353
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
    Spanish/Moorish architecture with murals & paintings make this one of Santa Barbara's most beautiful landmarks. Great views from the clock tower and
    free tours 2pm Mon-Sat, 10:30am Mon, Tue & Fri.
    1100 Anacapa St. 962-6464
  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum/Covarrubias Historic Adobe
    Built in 1817, the last Mexican Capitol
    California was located here.
    136 8. De Ia Guerra St. 966-1601
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
    One of the nation92s premier museums with important holdings of fine art. A superb blend of classical and contemporary art. Special exhibitions through. Out the year explore a variety of themes
    1130 State St. 963-4364
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
    A nationally renowned museum specializing in California and North American West Coast natural history. Highlights include an Indian Hall with dioramas of prehistoric Indian life in the Santa Barbara area and the giant skeleton of a blue whale
    2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. 682-4711
  • Santa Barbara Zoo and Gardens
    Once the site of a palatial estate, the zoo is a delightful refuge in a charming garden setting. It offers botanical gardens, almost 500 animals from around the world (including big cats, elephants, and giraffes), miniature train, children’s playground and snack bar.
    500 Ninos Drive. 962-5339
  • Sea Center
    Explore the underwater world with full-size models of whales, dolphins, and other sea life, plus touch-tanks with live ocean creatures.
    211 Steams Wharf 962-0885
  • South Coast Railroad Museum
    Restored railroad station with 400 sq. ft. HO-scale model train layout, and picnic area.
    300 N. Los Carneros, Goleta 964-3540
  • Steams Wharf
    The oldest operating wharf on the West Coast, complete with shops, restaurants, Nature Conservancy and Sea Center,
    located at the very end of State Street. 564-5518