California’s most glamorous town, Santa Barbara is a palm-lined waterfront which has Spanish-style architecture. I visited with my family and found plenty of attractions to check out. Starting from museums to shopping malls, you will find it all. The list of attractions you can explore is given below.
Mission Santa Barbara
This is also known as the ‘Queen of the Missions’. I loved the picturesque setting and the graceful beauty of this iconic landmark. The church was completed in the year 1820 and had been built under Father Antonio Ripoli’s leadership by Chumash Indians. Inside the museum, you will find exhibits from the colonial period. I also wondered around the streets to explore the aqueduct’s ruins which had also been built by the Chumash Indians in the year 1806. In case you have enough time in hand, you should also visit Mission Rose Garden.
If you are looking for a place that will offer a breathtaking view, you should definitely visit Stearns Wharf. It is known to be the longest deep-water pier in-between San Francisco and Los Angeles. I strolled around and enjoyed some seafood lunch with my family in restaurants that offer great view. To explore the area, I rented a bike from the rental shops. You can ride your bike along the bike path on the beachfront.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara zoo covers an area of 30 acres. It is set on a hilltop and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The lush green gardens and open spaces made me feel as if I am in a garden. Even though this is a small zoo, you will come across a wide range of animals. My kids loved the giraffe feeding stations. In case you do not have much time, take the zoo train to get an overview of the exhibits.