Santa Barbara is a coastal town with a beautiful landscape. The beaches of this city attracted me more than anything. However, there are more to explore than just the beaches. You are not going to get bored at all. Take a look at the best things you can do when you are in the city.
Missions Santa Barbara
This is also known as the Queen of the Missions. The name comes from the picturesque setting and true beauty. I came to learn that is the primary landmark of the city. The architectural style has influenced the entire city. This is the only one that remains since it had been founded in 1786. Inside the complex, you will find a museum that showcases art pieces belonging to the colonial period. I love the La Huerta Historical Garden with several plants like pomegranates, citrus, prickly pear, and grapes. You can either explore on your own or just go for a docent-led tour like me.
Down the State Street, you are going to land to the downtown of Santa Barbara. Here, you are going to get a glimpse of a breathtaking view. Stearns Wharf had been developed in 1872. During that time, it used to be the longest pier in between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The best way to explore the area is by renting a bike. I found many rental shops nearby. Pedaling along the beachfront was a unique experience. There are also some beach resorts that you can check out.
Santa Barbara Zoo
This covers more than 30 acres of land and has an ethereal setting as it overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The lush garden and the open space make this zoo an excellent place to take a stroll. There are some interesting line of animals which include snow leopard, lions, California condors, and much more.