Santa Barbara Zoo
A truly beautiful location, The Santa Barbara Zoo is home
to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More
than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats.
An average Zoo visit lasts 2.5 hours; but many guests spend
a half day meandering the grounds, taking in the Pacific Ocean
views, and enjoying a picnic lunch or dinner after visiting
Stearns Wharf is a pier in the harbor at Santa Barbara, California.
When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water pier
between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Named for its builder,
local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger
and freight shipping needs of California's South Coast for
over a quarter century.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 65 acre garden, containing
over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. It is located
in Mission Canyon. The garden displays California native plants
in natural settings. There are approximately 5.5 miles of
hiking trails within the garden. Mission Creek flows through
the premises, and includes a rock dam which was constructed
in 1806 by Native Americans (mainly Canaliños) under
the direction of the Spanish padres of the adjacent Mission
Santa Barbara. From now until 2007, the Garden is home to
Patrick Dougherty's latest sculpture, Toad Hall, a two-story
tower and a maze of pathways and chambers made of twisted
and woven willows.
Enjoy the outdoors with a hike in Rattlesnake Canyon which
stretches from Skofield Park into the Santa Ynez mountains.
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park
Painted Cave State Historic Park is a small sandstone cave
adorned with rock art attributed to the Chumash people, adjoining
the small community of Painted Cave on Painted Cave Road about
2 miles north of State Route 154 and 11 miles northwest of
Santa Barbara, California.
A long, narrow ocean-side strip of land, Shoreline Park,
is located in Santa Barbara, California. Facing the Pacific
Ocean, Shoreline Park is one of Santa Barbara's most popular
parks.The park features a playground, a whale watching area
situated next to a statue of a large bronze whale tail, as
well as a sister city Japanese garden. This park also provides
a clear view of the Channel Islands on a good day.
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