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Shopping, Fun, and Food in Santa Barbara California
1st Thursday is an event that happens every month on the first Thursday in the evening. It is a celebration of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara where participating galleries, shops and other art-related venues offer free access to their art exhibits and performances. The even also showcases live music, lectures and wine tastings. Most of the places involved are located on State St., just follow the music.
Santa Barbara Zoo
The Santa Barbara Zoo has been ranked numerous times as one of the nation's best small zoos. The Santa Barbara Zoo is located on 30 acres near the ocean in Santa Barbara, California and was formerly called the Child's Estate Zoo. The Santa Barbara Zoo has 160 species of animals from mammals to reptiles to birds and to insects; more than 500 of these animals are in open naturalistic habitats. The zoo charges adults 13-64 $15, children 2-12 $10, seniors 65 and older $12, and children younger than 2 are free. The zoo charges also $6 for parking.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is 78 acres with over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. The Garden Shop a part of the Botanic Garden sells a variety of plant along with unique items fashioned from a variety of dried plant materials created by local artisans, jewelers and the Garden Guild Crafters. If you are interested in the more educational aspects the Botanic Garden offers educational classes and tours. Regular admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors (60 + years), $8.00 for children 13 – 17, college students, and active military with ID, and $6.00 for children 2 – 12 years.
- Circle Bar B Stables - Guest Ranch and Stables, Horseback Riding, Accommodations in Santa Barbara, C
Horseback riding, trail riding, nature hikes, and trips to the beach await you at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch on the magnificent Central Coast of California. The Circle Bar B Guest Ranch is perfect for family vacations, romantic rendezvous, weekend
- Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours - Rates
Our $65 trail ride is Kim Kardashian's favorite ride!. This coastal ride is 1.5 hrs. For this ride you will wind through a forest, past a seasonal waterfall, and up to the top of a mountain where you will have beautiful ocean views.
- Nojoqui Horse Ranch Boarding, Training, Lessons and Trail Rides
Private full service equestrian facility for boarding, training, lessons and trail rides located in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Valley mountain range and wine country.
- Ventura Food Tours - Taste of Santa Barbara
Ventura Food Tours offers several tours of Ventura County with an emphasis on local food, culture and history.
- The Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour | Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours
Enjoy a progressive lunch while strolling through downtown Santa Barbara. Take in the sites, eat and drink like a local. 3.5 hours of fun Santa Barbara facts. Good for all ages!
- LOWER STATE/FUNK ZONE FOOD TOUR
A guided 3.5 hour walking and tasting tour of Santa Barbara highlighting local foods, wine and beer, while exploring lower State Street and the Funk Zone.
The Presidio District
The Presidio District is basically the street blocks around the Presidio State Park, off of Santa Barbara Street. The Presidio District is a locals' favorite. This shopping area has a wide selection of shops that specialize in everything from gourmet cheeses and breads to handmade jewelry. If you are looking for unique gifts this is the place to go.
Shopping in Santa Barbara
This beloved waterfront neighborhood is the perfect place to find that one gift that stands apart.
Located in the heart of the State Street shopping sector, La Arcada offers an enclave of nook shops and boutique options.
Take a trip to upper State Street where you'll find the local's mall, filled with all of your favorite store fronts, from J.Crew to Pottery Barn.
Explore over 50 stores off of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Upscale names and popular brands line brick walkways.
If souvenirs are what you seek, the Waterfront and Stearns Wharf are where you'll find them.
There's a cheese store, a butcher, a cupcake shop and so much more, packed into one inviting, continuous space.
The Presidio District is basically the street blocks around the Presidio State Park, off of Santa Barbara Street.
The zoo has been ranked numerous times as one of the nation's best small zoos.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78 acre botanical garden, containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants.
Circle Bar B Riding Stable is the oldest and finest public horseback riding stable on Santa Barbara County's South Coast.
They will pick you up at your hotel or at the Santa Barbara Visitor Center and drive you to where your tour or horse back riding trail is.
Trail rides are available for riders with any level of experience from beginning to advanced.
A traditional bakery with a bit of flair that has everyone raving about their croissants, cakes, and breakfast.
Crushcakes & Cafe uses only earth sustainable disposable products and to-go ware. From recyclable bakery boxed to our compostable containers.
Family-run joint scratch makin' authentic Mexican food, like carnitas with red salsa and pozole with homemade tortillas. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
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