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Holidays in Santa Barbara

There are loads of reasons why you should take your suitcase out of storage and experience a getaway to Santa Barbara. Keep reading to discover the best of them!

This area of Central Coast California is called home by about 88,000 people.

California's capital, Sacramento, sits 300 miles away from Santa Barbara, while Oak View lies 25 miles away.

This world-class city is known for Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Presidio Santa Barbara and the University of California-Santa Barbara are every bit as impressive.

An outing to Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary or OstrichLand USA is a fantastic opportunity for a bit of family bonding. If that isn't enough to wear the young ones out, why not head along to Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond or the Apple Lane Solvang as well?

Are your children curious about the world of wildlife? Treat them to a day out at the Santa Barbara Zoo, where youngsters can learn about what an animal eats, the types of sounds it makes and much, much more!

If you love your wine, don't overlook the opportunity to indulge your palate at the Bridlewood Winery and the Gainey Vineyard. You can also sit back, relax and try the local red or white at the Fiddlehead Cellars and the Melville Vineyards and Winery.

Even if you're not the betting sort, it's always a blast to swing by a casino. And the Chumash Casino is certainly no exception. Put a little money on red or just grab a cold drink and soak in the glamorous atmosphere.

This area takes its plant collecting seriously, so there are a range of places where you can go and check out botanic species from both local and international habitats. A walk around the magnificent gardens at the Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden is not to be missed. If you just can't get enough, the displays at the Seaside Gardens and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are also rather pleasant.

Take a break from your busy sightseeing schedule and lounge around on the grass at River Park and Elings Park. You can also sit down with your favourite magazine and watch the world pass by at Alameda Park and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

Is there a city tour? What can I do this weekend? You'll discover the answers to all your questions about your visit at Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center.

Make an adventure out of discovering Santa Barbara's gleaming waterfalls and let the flowing water rid you of all of your worries. The names to keep in mind are Rose Valley Falls Trail, Fern Falls and Seven Falls.

Take in the picturesque views and the calming hum of rippling water at Lake Cachuma or El Capitan Lake. Don't forget to see the colourful birdlife that flock to the Santa Barbara Deep Sea and Santa Barbara Channel either.

Head to Carpinteria State Beach or Goleta Beach and let the salty wind on your face and sounds of the ocean clear your mind. You can also take a leisurely walk along Leadbetter Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach.

Slip on some comfy shoes and prepare for adventure. There are plenty of nature reserves around this area that are just waiting to be explored. The clean, crisp air and natural surroundings at Nojoqui Falls Park and Sunny Fields Park are as rejuvenating as it gets. For some extra downtime, head over to Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park and Coal Oil Point Reserve.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum are perfect places to escape a less-than-perfect day. Peruse the eye-opening displays and ask the helpful staff about tours and other special happenings! Need more? Also pencil in visits to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

There aren't many things as fascinating as the creations of the natural world. For a day of adventure and mysteries, head to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History or the Ty Warner Sea Center.

Art admirers come from all corners of the world to experience Santa Barbara's celebrated collections, and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum and the Wildling Museum are usually the first stops on their lists. If you've got time for more, you can also feast your eyes at the Carriage and Western Art Museum and the galerie102.

Journey back through time and learn about the characters and events that have helped shape this region at the Lompoc Museum and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. Also consider checking out the fascinating displays which bring history to life at the Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art and the Reagan Ranch Center.

Time spent delving into history is never a worthless exercise. Let the Santa Barbara City College and Cold Spring Tavern help you understand this destination's past. Why not also spend a little time at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe and Rancho La Patera and Stow House?

Discover the mighty stronghold of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. Learn about its clever defensive features and let your mind run wild thinking about the sieges that occurred in the very spot you're standing.

Want to learn about the local faith? Find the time to see Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and Old Mission Santa Ines. Many spiritually curious people also put Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church on their agenda.

Don't check out of your hotel just yet, there are still some worthwhile things to do! Have you visited the Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum yet? You'll also find plenty to keep you entertained at the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens.

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