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Santa Barbara Waterfront
Santa Barbara Waterfront

Santa Barbara Waterfront Tours and Activities

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It should come as no surprise that a city hailed for its beautiful coastline should consider its waterfront the #1 tourist attraction in the area. With a variety of restaurants, boating and sport fishing tours, a bird sanctuary, bike path, and a beautiful promenade connecting the Waterfront to the rest of the downtown area, the Santa Barbara Waterfront is, without a doubt, one of the glittering gems of Santa Barbara.

From State Street (the area’s main business street) head East to see Chase Palm Park (home to Sunday art-walks and where many a pickup soccer game begins), the Santa Barbara Skate Park, and the Bird Sanctuary. Head West from State Street and find the Harbor, Waterfront Museum, several restaurants, and water sports adventure tours.

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.47
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$63.47
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.70
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Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak Tour

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Escape the crowds on land and get the best views of Santa Barbara Harbor from the water during a kayak tour that’s designed with active travelers in mind. Exploring in an eco-friendly vessel increases your chance of spotting dolphins and sea lions, while a choice of morning and afternoon start time means you can select a time that suits your schedule.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.00
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Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

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We pride ourselves on carrying Santa Barbara's easiest kayak and paddleboard experience as the only rental and tour company on West Beach. We also prioritize keeping our inventory up to date with the highest-end kayak and paddleboard gear you can find. Most importantly, our friendly tour guides and beach staff will be happy to answer any questions as they help assist you and the family into your ocean adventure!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.39
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Santa Barbara Wildlife and History Kayaking Tour

Santa Barbara Wildlife and History Kayaking Tour

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Explore California’s gorgeous coast on a scenic kayak tour. With a knowledgeable, experienced guide leading the way, bring the whole family and navigate Santa Barbara’s picturesque waterfront. Learn about the region's history and wildlife, admire the rugged coastal mountains, and watch for pelicans and egrets, dolphins and sea lions. You may even see a family of gray whales on its annual migration.
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  • 2 hours
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$60.00
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City & Sand Electric Bike Tour

City & Sand Electric Bike Tour

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The only tour in Santa Barbara that takes you on the sand of our famous beaches on your very own fat tire electric bike! Prepare to take in Santa Barbara's most stunning oceanfront views as you glide in between the waves and the palm trees. This Electric Bike Tour involves riding on the beach as well as biking through town on the boardwalk and downtown promenade. If you're looking for the must-do activity that shows you everything Santa Barbara has to offer this is the bike tour for you.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.00
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Santa Barbara Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Rental

Santa Barbara Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Rental

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We pride ourselves on carrying Santa Barbara's easiest kayak and paddleboard experience as the only rental and tour company on West Beach. We also prioritize keeping our inventory up to date with the highest-end kayak and paddleboard gear you can find. Most importantly, our friendly tour guides and beach staff will be happy to answer any questions as they help assist you and the family into your ocean adventure!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.00
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Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson in Santa Barbara

Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson in Santa Barbara

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Learn to SUP, or stand-up paddleboard, in Santa Barbara during a 1.5-hour lesson at Leadbetter Beach. No matter your skill level, you’ll learn to stand up and kneel down, balance and paddle as you’re accompanied onto the water. A wetsuit is provided for this all-weather outdoor activity that gives you a glimpse of marine life and the Santa Barbara coastline. Your lesson is limited to 18 people to ensure more personalized attention from the expert instructor.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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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 5 minute walk from the train station at the Corner of Cabrillo Blvd and State St, Stearns Wharf.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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Santa Barbara Moke Rental

Santa Barbara Moke Rental

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From British classic to Caribbean icon, the Moke electric vehicle has become a symbol for fun in the sun. A Moke rental from Wheel Fun Rentals is the perfect way to enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$59.00
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Santa Barbara Electric Bike Rentals

Santa Barbara Electric Bike Rentals

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Note: Multiple factors affect how far you will get on a single battery charge including: hills, headwinds, and rider weight. Rider mode will also affect battery life. Our bikes have 3 modes: eco, normal, and high. In eco-mode, you will typically get up to 4 hours of straight riding. For those renting for a full day, you are welcome to come back to the shop to swap out your battery.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Santa Barbara Bike Rentals: Electric, Mountain or Hybrid

Santa Barbara Bike Rentals: Electric, Mountain or Hybrid

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Get around Santa Barbara with a 1- or 2-day bicycle rental that provides three options: an electric, mountain or hybrid bike. You can cover a lot of ground, including the city streets and coastline, without even pedaling, or explore the nearby hills or Santa Ynez Mountains on a mountain bike. Opt for a hybrid bike if you want to experience the speed of a road bike combined with the stability of a cruiser. Choose from a selection of models appropriate for both beginning riders and those with more advanced skills.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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Electric Bike Rental in Santa Barbara

Electric Bike Rental in Santa Barbara

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Explore the ocean views and city sights of Santa Barbara on an electric bike! Capable of speeds up to 20 mph and a range of 25 - 75 miles! These bikes make your sight seeing a breeze! These fun-filled ebikes will help you see more of the city than you expected all without breaking a sweat!
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.29
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Santa Barbara Private Tour

Santa Barbara Private Tour

A day out to discover the California coast and and this history of Santa Barbara. From the mission to the Danish village of Solvang we'll explore the central part of California.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$700.00
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Should I book Santa Barbara Waterfront tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Santa Barbara Waterfront 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. See all 15 Santa Barbara Waterfront tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Santa Barbara Waterfront 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Santa Barbara Waterfront costs USD 15.39. Guided Santa Barbara Waterfront tours start around USD 15.39 per person. See all 15 Santa Barbara Waterfront tickets and tours on Viator.
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