Santa Barbara County Courthouse National Historic Landmark
1100 block of Anacapa Street (Partial ADA). Magnificent Spanish-Moorish "palace" built in 1929 surrounded by lawns and tropical gardens. Hand painted ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, giant murals and imported tiles. 360-degree view from clock tower "El Mirador." Tours are free except for some groups. Call for tours. (805) 962-6464 / SantaBarbaraCourthouse.org
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
11 block of East Canon Perdido Street (Partial ADA). Ongoing restoration and reconstruction of the 18th century Spanish fort which was Santa Barbara's birthplace and the seat of military and civil government for an area extending from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. (805) 965-0093 / Sbthp.org
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De La Guerra Street (ADA). Treasures from Santa Barbara's colorful past: documents, paintings, costumes and many rare mementos from three eras, Spanish, Mexican and American are exhibited. (805) 966-1601 / santabarbaramuseum.com
El Paseo "The Street in Spain"
15 E. De La Guerra Street. Picturesque and charming courtyard and restaurants reminiscent of Old Spain built in and around the adobe home (1827) of the historic De La Guerra family.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street (ADA). One of the nation's outstanding regional museums, featuring works from the permanent collection: America, 19th century French, contemporary Asian, and modern European Art, classical antiquities, photography, prints and drawings. (805) 963-4364 / Sbma.net
1100 Block of State Street. Located next to the museum of Art, La Arcada was designed by architect Myron Hunt and constructed in 1926. This Spanish-style building and courtyard is one of the most charming areas in Santa Barbara with its galleries, boutiques, restaurants, fountains and abundant flowers.
Old Mission Santa Barbara - "Queen of the Missions"
The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786 and was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. More than 200 years later, the Mission continues to be the chief cultural and historic landmark in the city of Santa Barbara. Home to a community of Franciscan friars, a beautiful church with a large and active parish; a museum and gift shop; a cemetery and mausoleum; and twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. santabarbaramission.org
Santa Barbara Waterfront and Sterns Wharf
Take a stroll along the gorgeous "American Riviera" coastline. There is plenty to see and do. Sterns Wharf lies in the middle of the waterfront offering restaurants, fishing, water taxi rides, kayak rentals, the Sea Center, tasting rooms, and specialty shops. If you head West you will pass many beautiful accommodations, The Maritime Museum, The Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Leadbetter Beach and many places to dine. Or you can decide to head East along the beach; bike, walk, or rent a surrey or SB Buggie to explore The Funk Zone or East Beach. stearnswharf.org
The Funk Zone
The Funk Zone is Santa Barbara’s unique arts, business, and industrial district that resides between State St. and Garden St., and Montecito St. to Cabrillo Blvd. This amalgamation of historical marine structures, industrial lots, and old houses gives the zone it’s face, while it’s occupants that reside and work there give it the soul, supporting a mixture of creative uses. There are plenty of restaurants, tasting rooms, taprooms, and eclectic artist spaces to peruse.
Ganna Walska Lotusland
The garden at Lotusland is home to more than 3,000 plants from all over the world, representing the horticultural passion of one extraordinary woman. Madame Ganna Walska dedicated more than forty years to amassing unique collections and commissioning innovative garden designs. Find out about seasonal highlights, exotic blooms and fascinating plantings to see during your visit. lotusland.org