Top Things to Do in Santa Barbara
Whether you want to plan an exciting family vacation or a romantic escape for two, reserve your stay at Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara. Discover the top things to do in Santa Barbara.
Stroll around the Santa Barbara Zoo to see hundreds of animals at home in their natural habitats. Sip fine wines at the region's premier wine-tasting rooms. Hop aboard a whale-watching cruise or take in Courthouse and Clock Tower with scenic views. Savor local cuisine, shop at boutiques, and immerse yourself in cultural attractions and museums. Explore Santa Barbara's best attractions just a short drive from our award-winning, green-certified hotel. Take advantage of our Santa Barbara Pass at the Front Desk and get the best offers for visiting various local attractions and neighborhoods.
Santa Barbara Courthouse & Clock Tower
Enjoy the incredible birds-eye views from the historic Courthouse complex featuring a Clock Tower, sunken garden, and Spanish Mural Room.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Enjoy a fun-filled tour with a park train ride, play area, and animal feedings. Discover over 500 animals in their natural habitats, including 160 species of mammals, birds, and insects across the beautiful landscape.
Sip and savor a day out exploring California's world-class wine-tasting rooms and wineries with breathtaking views of nature in Santa Barbara Wine Country.
Stearns Wharf & Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Stroll through alluring aquatic exhibits, touch sharks and other sea creatures, and get up close and personal with marine life with your little ones at California's oldest working wharf.
Spend a sunny afternoon in California by cruising the Santa Barbara Channel to witness the majestic whales and a wide array of marine life.
El Presidio De Santa Barbara State Historic Park
The Santa Barbara Royal Presidio is the last Spanish military fortress founded in 1782. It features two original and several reconstructed structures built of adobe bricks on sandstone boulders. These buildings formed a quadrangle around a central parade ground in Downtown Santa Barbara. Today, El Cuartel, and Canedo Adobe are the two sections that remain within the state park.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History houses three million artifacts spanning anthropology, archaeology, biology, geology, paleontology, and art. These collections reflect natural and cultural changes over time. Visitors can learn about various species and the Chumash Indians in the information-packed exhibit halls. Enjoy a Nature Trail at Mission Creek and explore Gladwin Planetarium.
Run by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Ty Warner Sea Center offers visitors of all ages to get up close and personal with marine life. Discover a live shark touch pool, a theater with flora and fauna, and a 1,500-gallon tide-pool tank that kids can crawl through.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
With 27,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art showcases American, Asian, and European painting, sculpture, and photography. It boasts 19th-20th-century artworks and a significant collection of international antiquities from China, India, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Situated by Santa Barbara Harbor, the 8,000-square-foot Maritime Museum houses enticing exhibits from the Loughead F-1 Seaplane to various boat models and offers tours of tall ships and educational docent-led tours. Admission includes access to multiple films in the Munger Theater.
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, an off-track horse racing set-up, a reception garden, an in-line skating/hockey rink, an RV parking lot.
Chumash Casino Resort
Great gaming is at the heart of the Chumash Casino Resort. Enjoy slot machines and 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 like Lewis Black. Our hotel guests get free play bonuses of $100.00.
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. 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 10 acres of landscaped gardens.