There’s no denying that Santa Barbara is beautiful in springtime. It’s arguably the best time of year to visit, with all of the spring flowers popping up and the many activities to do. Speaking of activities, there’s never a boring moment in Santa Barbara this time of year. But it can be hard to decide what to do! That’s why we put together this list of 6 things to do in Santa Barbara this spring.
1. Go on a hike
Spring is the perfect time to hike in Santa Barbara because it’s not too hot yet. Plus there are plenty of trails with a generous amount of natural shade. Better still, most of these trails offer beautiful overlooks of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara coast. Hiking is a must when you visit in spring.
2. Check out the Earth Day Festival
Every year, there’s a free two day festival celebrating Earth Day at Alameda Park. Celebrate our beautiful planet while helping work to preserve it at this fun and enlightening event. It’s great for the whole family. The festival will take place on April 16th and 17th this year, so mark your calendars!
3. See the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
See everything in bloom this spring at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. It’s a fun and affordable way to experience the Santa Barbara’s native plants as well as a variety of rare and unusual breeds that you won’t find anywhere else.
4. Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo
The Santa Barbara Zoo is always fun to visit, with over 500 animals to see. It’s a great family activity, but there are fun things for adults-only as well. On May 7th, for example, they have the Roar & Pour event. This event features wine tasting from 20 different Santa Barbara wineries while guests wander the zoo after hours. It’s a fun way to enjoy local wines while supporting the zoo.
5. Rent a bike for the day
Did you know Marina Beach Motel offers free bike rentals to all of its guests? That’s right. You can grab one of our beach cruisers and hit one of many Santa Barbara biking trails to explore the area and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
6. Wander along Stearns Wharf
Stearns Wharf is always a fun place to go for a walk and get views of the Pacific Ocean. It even has a number of cute boutiques where you can buy souvenirs. And it has some cool restaurants to stop by for lunch. Everyone should visit Stearns Wharf when they visit Santa Barbara, regardless of what season it is.
These are just some of many things to do in Santa Barbara this spring, but they’re our favorites. No matter what you do when you get here though, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it. There’s never a dull moment in Santa Barbara!