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Santa Barbara, California Things to See & Do - From Wineries to Wharfs to Whales!

An abundance of things to see and do await you in Santa Barbara, California. Sip fine wines at some of the area's finest wine tasting rooms. Hop aboard a whale watching cruise from Stearns Wharf. Relive Spanish history at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. Delve deeper into these and other attractions by checking out the below list.

Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Tour

Experience Santa Barbara Wine Country with fun, knowledgeable hosts of the Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle! Sample liquid treasures with tasting flights at four unique wineries, tasting fees included. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and choose from one of seven delicious selections! The Vineyard Picnic Tour picks up daily at the Ramada with your reservation. Couples receive a Free bottle of wine worth up to $30.00 when booked directly with the Ramada.

Stearns Wharf

California's oldest working wharf, Stearns Wharf delivers dozens of activities that will appeal to all types of visitors. Enjoy everything from visiting marine life in an aquarium to taking a whale watching cruise to dining on fresh seafood. For more information, visit Also guests of the beautiful Ramada Santa Barbara receive a 20% off discount card to Moby Dick Restaurant

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

The last of four military fortresses built by the Spanish, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was founded in 1782. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park features two restored buildings from the original presidio along with reconstructed structures. The buildings were constructed of adobe bricks placed upon foundations of sandstone boulders. The red tile roofs came from the timbers of Los Padres Forest. The Presidio buildings formed a quadrangle, which enclosed a central parade ground. Two cannons were the centerpiece of the outer defense wall. The Chapel was the first church for the people of Santa Barbara. Today, only two sections are left from the original Presidio quadrangle. Both sections are situated within the State Park. One is El Cuartel, the family residence of the soldier assigned to guard the western gate. The other is the Canedo Adobe, which was named after the Presidio soldier to whom it was given after the Presidio was no longer active. For more information, visit

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. A staggering three million artifacts and specimens make their home at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. They cover the fields of anthropology, archaeology, vertebrate and invertebrate biology, geology and paleontology, and art. These collections reflect all the changes in nature and culture that have occurred over time. The archive is indispensable for those engaging in natural history research, which includes 14 Museum of Natural History scientists and their colleagues from across the globe. Learn all about birds, mammals, insects, and the Chumash Indians in the information-packed exhibit halls. Venture out on the Nature Trail that hugs Mission Creek. Explore the mysteries of space in the Gladwin Planetarium. For more information, visit Please pick up your Santa Barbara SB Nature Pass at the Front Desk of the Ramada Santa Barbara for a savings of up to $8.00 per person.

Ty Warner Sea Center

Run by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Ty Warner Sea Center offers visitors of all ages many opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with marine life. Discover a live shark touch pool and a 1,500-gallon tide-pool tank that kids can crawl through. Plus, there's a theater that features the flora and fauna of the Santa Barbara Channel. For more information, visit Please pick up your Santa Barbara SB Nature Pass at the Front Desk of the Ramada Santa Barbara for a savings of up to $8.00 per person

Santa Barbara Zoo

There are 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Overall, you'll encounter over 500 animals in naturalistic habitats. Exhibits include the African Veldt, Penguin House, and Gibbon Island. For more information, visit Guests of the beautiful Ramada Santa Barbara receive a discount to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Please ask our Front Desk Staff for your discount card to the Santa Barbra Zoo.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

With 27,000 works of art that cover over 5,000 years, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an impressive repository of American, Asian, and European painting, sculpture, and photography. Highlights include classical antiquities and masterpieces of French Impressionism. The museum is in possession of a significant number of exquisite international antiquities from China, India, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East. Particularly worth seeing is the museum's permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, as well as Asian art, most specifically the art of China. For more information, visit Guests of the beautiful Ramada can often receive a 2 for 1 discount to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Earl Warren Showgrounds

A 34-acre multi-use facility, the Earl Warren Showgrounds has it all: an equestrian arena, a 22,000-square-foot exhibit hall, off-track horse racing set-up, reception garden, in-line skating/hockey rink, and an RV parking lot. For more information, visit

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Located on the edge of Santa Barbara Harbor, the 8,000-square-foot Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is chock full of enticing exhibits that feature everything from the Loughead F-1 Seaplane to various boat models. In addition, tours of tall ships and educational docent tours are available. Admission includes viewings of several films in the Munger Theater. For more information, visit . Please pick up your 2 for 1 discount card at the Front Desk of the Ramada Santa Barbara.

Chumash Casino Resort

Great gaming is at the heart of the Chumash Casino Resort. Enjoy slot machines, table games like blackjack, poker, and Bingo in the smoke-free Samala Showroom. Live entertainment ranges from popular bands like Huey Lewis and the News to headlining comedians such as Lewis Black. For more information, visit Guests of the beautiful Ramada Santa Barbara receive special Free Play bonuses of $100.00

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)

As part of the prestigious University of California system, UCSB offers over 200 majors, degrees, and credentials through its five schools and Graduate Division. The school's faculty is one of the finest. There are five Nobel Laureates along with many elected members or fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The icing on the educational cake is the fact that UCSB is one of only 62 schools to be elected to the highly-regarded Association of American Universities. For more information, visit www.ucsb.edu

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Athletics

Sports are a major component of the UCSB community. Men are involved in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, water polo, and volleyball. Women participate in basketball, cross country, indoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. For more information, visit http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/index-main.html

Westmont College Academics

One of the top liberal arts colleges in America, according to U.S. News and World Report, Westmont College offers a wide range of majors and programs. These include Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer science, Education, English, History, European Studies, Kinesiology, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theatre Arts. For more information, visit www.westmont.edu/_academics

Westmont College Athletics

Sports are big at Westmont College. Men participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track and field while women take part in basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and track and field. For more information, visit http://blogs.westmont.edu/athletics

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC)

A fully-accredited community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara City College first opened its doors in 1909. One of the top two-year community colleges in California and the United States, SBCC offers more than 155 degree and certificate programs, training in a multitude of career technical fields, and transfer programs providing the first two years of study toward a baccalaureate degree. An outstanding faculty, small class size, state-of-the-art facilities, and numerous student services have been drawing students to SBCC for more than 100 years. For more information, visit www.sbcc.edu

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Accreditation

Accreditation, which takes place every six years by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, is a quality assurance process that promotes self-evaluation and improvement. Being an accredited college is imperative. Without it, schools would not be able to provide federal financial aid, to receive federal funding, or to have the degrees that allow students to transfer courses and credits to other colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.sbcc.edu/accreditation

Old Santa Barbara Mission

Established on the Feast of Saint Barbara in 1786, the Santa Barbara Mission was the tenth of 21 California Missions created by Spanish Franciscans. Today, this cultural and historic landmark is home to a community of Franciscan friars. In addition, the Mission features a retreat center with guestrooms, conference rooms, a full kitchen and dining room, a church with an active parish, a museum and gift shop, a cemetery and mausoleum, and lush, landscaped gardens that span 10 acres. For more information, visit http://santabarbaramission.org

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