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Stearns Wharf Tours and Activities

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Embodying beauty, rustic charm, tourism, and a feel of the ocean, Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara’s number one tourist attraction. Built by lumberman John P. Stearns in 1872, Stearns Wharf has a long and decorated history including naval appropriation and one great conflagration which all but destroyed it. Nowadays the pier is a bustling center for shops, restaurants, and fishermen.

Santa Barbara’s historic three-dolphin statue marks the pier’s entrance at the bottom of State Street, where cars and pedestrians alike head out over the deep blue water to do a bit of wine tasting, souvenir shopping, pay a visit to the Ty Warner Sea Center, or just to get a great view of Santa Barbara from a different angle. Bring a camera and the kids – enjoying the beauty of Stearns Wharf is one of Santa Barbara’s highlights.

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219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109
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Santa Barbara Trolley Tour

Santa Barbara Trolley Tour

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All Aboard Santa Barbara’s Original & Longest Running Trolley Tour and Charter Services See the American Riviera in 90 minutes Santa Barbara sightseeing at its finest on the original, fully narrated Santa Barbara Trolley Tour. For 30 years, we've been providing trolley tours in the Santa Barbara community. Join us as we visit local hot spots such as the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Natural History, the historic Santa Barbara Mission, and more, all fully narrated by our energetic and knowledgeable tour guides! Our pick up location is only a 10 minute walk from Stearns Wharf, at the Visitor Center located at 1 Garden St.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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This private Santa Barbara kayaking tour lets you explore the marine life and landmarks of Santa Barbara Harbor and the spectacular coastline on the ‘American Riviera’ along one of four different routes. Take in views of rugged shoreline cliffs and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and be on the lookout for dolphins and seals. This 1.5- to 2.5-hour tour is led by an experienced kayak guide who points out natural features and customizes the speed of the ride according to your skill level.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

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See the best that California has to offer during this 3-day, 2-night West Coast tour, covering some of the Golden State’s top cities and outdoor areas. Start your trip in Los Angeles, snaking north by van or motor coach through California hotspots including Santa Barbara, Solvang, Yosemite National Park, Carmel, San Francisco and Hearst Castle. It’s a memorable opportunity to explore one postcard-worthy destination after the next. Your tour of the California coast also includes two nights of accommodations and a driver-guide.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$530.00
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$530.00
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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

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Get another perspective on the southern California coast during this leisurely kayak tour in Santa Barbara. Learn the basics of kayaking from your guide, and hear about Santa Barbara’s natural history and marine life during your tour. Includes use of all kayaking gear.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

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Paddle into the sunset along the Southern California coast during this beginner-friendly kayaking trip from Santa Barbara. Watch the last rays of the day melt into the Pacific as you travel through the glassy waters of Santa Barbara Harbor. As you move, you’ll pass by the historic wharf and past other boats, keeping your eyes out for marine life. An included lesson in astronomy and ecology from your guide is an added bonus. A guide and all necessary kayaking gear is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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Santa Barbara Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Santa Barbara Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Make Santa Barbara your game board with a 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure for a team of 2–5 people. Use a smart phone to follow a series of locally-themed clues that lead to fun challenges with your friends and family. Trace a 2-mile route past historic monuments, seaside neighborhoods and hidden gems to get an insider's look at the city. Rack up points to compete against prior scavenger hunt teams, or simply enjoy the self-guided tour at your own pace, with plenty of stops to eat, drink and sightsee.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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Santa Barbara Private Tour and Wine Tasting Experience from LA
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Santa Barbara Private Tour and Wine Tasting Experience from LA

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Ready for a touch of luxury? Have a relaxing day in beautiful Santa Barbara! This trip starts off with a spectacular drive up the coast before arriving downtown. Marvel at the Spanish-inspired historic buildings and take in a panoramic view from the iconic Santa Barbara Courthouse before exploring the historic Old Mission. Have lunch and soak in the Old West Ambiance at the Cold Spring Tavern. Take a beautiful drive up to charming Los Olivos and try out some of the local wines such as Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. This tour is around 9 hours and includes admission to the Old Mission self-guided tour and one free wine tasting experience (or olive oil tasting for under 21s). The planned itinerary can be personalized to include your most desired sightseeing or dining destinations. Contact us to customize this tour!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.00
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Wild West 5-Day Tour from LA: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas

Wild West 5-Day Tour from LA: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas

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Visit the top destinations of the American West, once known as the Wild West, on this 4-night tour from Los Angeles. You'll travel through California and Nevada to reach the coastal towns of Santa Barbara and Carmel; San Francisco, a.k.a. the City by the Bay; Yosemite National Park; and Las Vegas. Attractions include the 17-Mile Drive, a San Francisco Bay cruise, an evening tour of the Las Vegas Strip, and a trip to Hoover Dam.
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  • 5 days
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$829.00
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8-Day San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Sedona, Monument Valley Tour from LA

8-Day San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Sedona, Monument Valley Tour from LA

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Visit some of the top destinations in the American West on a 7-night, 1-way tour from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. You'll travel through California, Nevada, and Arizona to visit Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Sedona, Zion Park, and Horseshoe Bend, ending in Las Vegas. Attractions include a cruise on San Francisco Bay, an evening tour of the Las Vegas Strip, visiting Hoover Dam, and Jeep tour through Monument Valley.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,390.00
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Private 10-hour tour to Santa Barbara & Solvang from Los Angeles - Hotel pick up

Private 10-hour tour to Santa Barbara & Solvang from Los Angeles - Hotel pick up

Swap the LA hubbub for Mediterranean cool and Danish calm without even leaving the state on this full-day tour to Santa Barbara and Solvang. Learn about Santa Barbara’s Spanish heritage as you stroll between palms and white facades, then discover Danish architecture and replica landmarks in the charming town of Solvang. Benefit from your private guide’s personalized attention throughout and enjoy hassle-free transfer with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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$732.78
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Should I book Stearns Wharf tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Stearns Wharf can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Stearns Wharf 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Stearns Wharf costs USD 20.52. Guided Stearns Wharf tours start around USD 20.52 per person.
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