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Shopping, Fun, and Food in Santa Barbara California

Updated on July 20, 2014
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1st Thursday

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Funk Zone:
Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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This beloved waterfront neighborhood is the perfect place to find that one gift that stands apart.

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La Arcada:
1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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Located in the heart of the State Street shopping sector, La Arcada offers an enclave of nook shops and boutique options.

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La Cumbre Plaza :
121 South Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

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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.

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Paseo Nuevo :
651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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Explore over 50 stores off of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Upscale names and popular brands line brick walkways.

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Waterfront:
132 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA

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If souvenirs are what you seek, the Waterfront and Stearns Wharf are where you'll find them.

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Santa Barbara Public Market:
38 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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There's a cheese store, a butcher, a cupcake shop and so much more, packed into one inviting, continuous space.

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The Presidio District:
Presidio State Historic Park, 123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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The Presidio District is basically the street blocks around the Presidio State Park, off of Santa Barbara Street.

Fun

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Santa Barbara Zoo:
500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, USA

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The zoo has been ranked numerous times as one of the nation's best small zoos.

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden :
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78 acre botanical garden, containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants.

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Circle Bar B Riding Stable :
1800 Refugio Road, Los Padres National Forest, Goleta, CA 93117, USA

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Circle Bar B Riding Stable is the oldest and finest public horseback riding stable on Santa Barbara County's South Coast.

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Captain Jack's Tours :
1 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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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.

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Nojoqui Horse Ranch :
3000 Alisal Road, Goleta, CA 93117, USA

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Trail rides are available for riders with any level of experience from beginning to advanced.

Food

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Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro :
3315 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

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A traditional bakery with a bit of flair that has everyone raving about their croissants, cakes, and breakfast.

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Crushcakes & Cafe :
1315 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

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Crushcakes & Cafe uses only earth sustainable disposable products and to-go ware. From recyclable bakery boxed to our compostable containers.

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Lito's Take Out :
514 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, USA

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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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Whodidily Cupcakes :
1150 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, USA

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Featured on Cupcake Wars Episode: Survival of the Fittest.

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