Free Things To Do in Santa Barbara

As much fun as it is to go on vacation, it can be expensive, especially in a place like California. That’s why Marina Beach Motel offers such affordable rates to our valued guests and why we put together this list of free things to do and places to go during your stay in Santa Barbara.

The Beach

Obviously, since it’s just 37 steps from Marina Beach Motel, you have to visit the beach while you’re here. But its close proximity isn’t the only reason to go there. Our beach has gorgeous pure sand and the sweeping, azure ocean. So go sunbathing, go for a walk with your significant other, or take a dip in the ocean. The beach is always free!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 

This fabulous art museum has tens of thousands of notable works and is free from 5-8 PM on Thursday, though it has very reasonable admission rates during the rest of the week. It has everything from modern photography to centuries-old European paintings. Check out this Santa Barbara treasure during your stay.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Built in the roaring twenties, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of Santa Barbara’s oldest and most beautiful structures, offering a look at local history while providing breathtaking structural beauty. It is open to the public every day, including holidays, except for Christmas Day. Donations are encouraged.

1st Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month, downtown Santa Barbara art galleries and other participating venues present local art and music for the public to enjoy. Admission is free from 5-8PM and is open to tourists and residents alike, giving you a view of the local color and local artwork as well as an opportunity to bring home something truly memorable from your trip to Santa Barbara.

Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf is a beautiful beachside area with an abundance of local boutiques coupled with gorgeous ocean views. Although it’s free to wander around the wharf and take in the view, we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to resist buying beautiful and handmade souvenirs from the many shops along the way!

So don’t break the bank during your stay in Santa Barbara and book a room at the affordable yet luxurious Marina Beach Motel. Then check out the many free activities in the area. We promise it will be your most affordable and enjoyable vacation yet!