Family Vacations in California

Family Vacations in California: Santa Barbara

The pier in Santa Barbara has weathered fires and earthquakes during its 130-year history. Once a hub of activity for cargo and passenger ships, the pier now serves as a docking area for pleasure boats and whale-watching tours.

Blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, this Spanish-style beach town is beautiful year-round. You can spend lazy days at the beach or visit the town's many parks and playgrounds. Other Santa Barbara favorites include a zoo and a stunning botanical garden. Rent bikes or skates or hire a surrey and cruise the three-mile paved beachfront path, kayak along the shore, or meander along the mile-long boardwalk, one of the state's oldest working piers.

Santa Barbara Information

Address: Downtown Santa Barbara at State St. and Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA

Telephone: 805/965-3023

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To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Los Angeles City Guide: Explore the City of Angels -- Los Angeles is brimming with restaurants, shops, attractions, and the occasional celebrity hotspot.
  • California State Guide: From north to south, California encompasses mountains, deserts, beaches, and vineyards. Learn about it all in our guide to California.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.