Santa Barbara Waterfront
1 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Waterfront ranges from Leadbetter Beach, past the Harbor, West Beach, Stearns Wharf, Chase Palm Park, the Santa Barbara Zoo and to East Beach.  Along this stretch of incredible coastline you will find restaurants, shops, artists, and a bike trail.  The waterfront is an important meeting place for locals during the Forth of July and First Night celebrations.

Stearns Wharf is the center of all this activity.  The structure is over 130 years old and has been the home of much of Santa Barbara's early history when immigrants and supplies had to come primarily from the sea. A popular attraction is the Sea Center - a fun, engaging, interactive marine education facility located on Stearns Wharf. Owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Sea Center fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world.

The Harbor

The Harbor began almost a hundred years ago when a wealthy Santa Barbara resident wanted to keep his yacht closer to home - or so the story goes.  He created the breakwater and harbor that keeps the considerable fishing and pleasure boat population of Santa Barbara safe and moored. The Harbor and Stearns Wharf are connected by the Waterfront Shuttle "Lil Toot".

Today, the Harbor features the Maritime Museum and one of Santa Barbara's landmark restaurants, Brophy Bros.  The breakwater is paved and you can take a stroll out to the end.

Chase Palm Park

You will find a wonderful park to the east of the Wharf, Chase Palm Park, that features the weekly Arts & Crafts Show.  Each Sunday local artisans gather to share their latest wares.

Chase Palm Park is also a mecca for the younger crowd as they try their skill at Skater's Point, Santa Barbara's gift to skateboarders and inline skaters.

Directions:  Take the 101 to Cabrillo or Garden.  Turn away from the mountains.  Cabrillo Blvd. Will bring you to the East Beach edge of the Waterfront.  Garden will bring you closer to the Wharf.  The parking is along the south side of Cabrillo, in the lot near East Beach, on one of the side streets off State Street, in the parking lot near the harbor and in the lot near Leadbetter Beach.  If there is a major event going on, park in one of the main city lots up State Street and take the Waterfront Shuttle.

 

Santa Barbara Waterfront Shuttle
(805) 896-6900

Running from noon until sunset every half hour, the Waterfront Shuttle cycles continuously between two hugely popular local destinations - the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf.

Movie - Take a ride on the shuttle!

Santa Barbara Waterfront Shuttle puts you in touch with everything the Harbor and Wharf has to offer. Junior Captains: Under the watchful eye of Capt. Fred, children are encouraged to steer the boat and sound the "Lil Toot" steam whistle. Your child at the wheel of "Lil Toot" is a great photo opportunity!

Destinations

Maritime Museum
Learn about nature, history, tide pools and more with interactive exhibits. There's always something great going on at the museum. Good fun for the whole family!

Sea Center
A fun, engaging, interactive marine education facility located on Stearns Wharf. Owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Sea Center fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world.

Great Restaurants
From Santa Barbara's finest seafood restaurants to fish and chips, cocktails, burgers and fries, ten restaurants offer great food and drink to satisfy appetites of all ages and budgets.

Boat Rides & Charters
Enjoy a sail or powerboat cruise along the American Riviera. Whether you're interested in whale watching or a weekend adventure to the Channel Islands, the Waterfront Shuttle can help you find your dream boat.

Flag Walk
Walk out on the Santa Barbara Breakwater for a view of the coastline you won't forget. Experience the Harbor in all its splendor and admire the beautiful yachts nearby.