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Known locally as "Hendry's Beach," the dog-friendly Arroyo Burro County Beach Park is popular with local families. The scenic beauty of this beach is accentuated by the view it ...
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The name translates into House of the Blacksmith. Take a tour of this 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival home, which is one of the few historic estates that have not changed much since ...
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Located just 20 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara are the Channel Islands and a 1,470-square-mile area rich in marine life. The visitor's center features exhibits but you'll ...
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Santa Barbara is the lucky home of the largest Moreton Bay fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) in the United States. Native to Australia, this particular tree grew from a seedling ...
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Hike a slightly ascending 1/3 of a mile to reach the park's namesake 80-foot waterfalls, which will vary from hearty to just a trickle, depending on the time of year you go. ...
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This beautiful pocket of Santa Barbara is definitely worth exploring. The easy walking trails, both paved and dirt, offer up a whole lot of eye candy, including diverse, native ...
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Open Tuesdays through Sundays, this history museum showcases Santa Barbara's original residents, the Chumash Indians, as well as the Spanish settlers who came through the area in ...
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On the Santa Barbara Harbor, this little museum will especially appeal to maritime history buffs. Its exhibits and displays cover a range of topics, from local Native American ...
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If you stop at one of the original missions during a tour of California, this one should be your No. 1 pick. Originally built in 1786 and constructed of adobe brick with a ...
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Housed in a former post office, this museum offers more than 27,000 works of art across multiple galleries, including the largest collection of Monet paintings on the West Coast. ...
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A 72-foot-long skeleton of a blue whale is the first find you happen upon outside this museum. Inside, you'll see exhibits that feature birds, insects, mammals, marine life, ...
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Ledbetter, the in-town Santa Barbara beach, is one of the most popular beaches in the area and is a favorite for families that like to swim. The beach is lined with a grassy ...
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Despite the small confines of this zoo (compared to some of the biggies), you'll still be able to see elephants, gorillas, penguins, snow leopards and more -- all in a beautiful ...
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Head to the Santa Ynez Valley to check out the area's pioneering history at the Santa Ynez Historical Museum. The museum showcases local town history and is home to the ...
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This is a great, old-fashioned wharf that's full of touristy stands with T-shirts and other souvenirs, ice cream shops and great seafood restaurants. Stearns is California's ...
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Located on Stearn's Wharf overlooking the ocean, this center features a 1,500-galloon simulated tide pool, touch tanks and marine wildlife exhibits showcasing the ocean life right ...
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Located in nearby Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley, this museum is dedicated to the preservation of the natural wildlife and environment. The museum organizes nature walks and ...
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