Kid Friendly Activities in Santa Barbara

Sometimes it can be hard to find fun things to do for the whole family, but not in Santa Barbara! There’s plenty to do out here, no matter what your age is. So make your family vacation a memorable one with these fun, kid-friendly Santa Barbara activities.

Santa Barbara Zoo

Kids’ tickets to the Santa Barbara Zoo are only $10 and they buy you a day of fun and family bonding. This zoo has 146 species of animals and over 500 animals total! You’ll be able to spend hours learning about these many creatures and watch your children’s eyes widen with wonder as they see awe-inspiring lions, adorable penguins, and more.

Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf is an iconic feature of Santa Barbara and offers something for the whole family. Not only is the view incredibly beautiful, but it has an abundance of restaurants and cute local boutiques that you’re all be sure to enjoy. Plus, your family can see amazing creatures at the Sea Center on the wharf.


Of course you can’t go to Santa Barbara without spending some time at the beach. A day at the beach is an excellent way to wear out your little ones while you relax and soak up the sun. So bring some food for a picnic and make a day of it. Don’t forget the sunscreen!


Hiking is one of the many free things to do in Santa Barbara and will give you and your family an invigorating way to explore the natural beauty of the area. There are plenty of trails and breathtaking overlooks for your family to enjoy. So get outside and get moving!

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum with 78 acres of plants and well over 100,000 different specimens. The botanic garden offers more than just pretty flowers to look at, though. It has decades of botanical research and an abundance of learning experiences for you and your kids.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Visiting the Santa Barbara Mission is a great way to educate your family about Santa Barbara history while enjoying the beauty of this incredible structure. It’s open daily for tours, both guided and independent.

As you can see now, Santa Barbara isn’t just for wine connoisseurs and shopping addicts. It also offers fun activities for the whole family and makes for a great vacation spot that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age.

So book a room at Marina Beach Motel today and take your family on a vacation they’ll never forget.