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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Santa Barbara activities? We have 43 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Pismo Beach Dune Buggy Experience

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 123.99


Whiz around the Oceano Dunes in a dune buggy with friends and family while during your stay in Pismo Beach. Nowhere else in California can you drive your vehicle on a public beach, so take advantage of the unique opportunity to cruise down the scenic Pacific shoreline before you get to speed, zoom and zip your way along miles of Pismo's popular sand dunes. This 2-hour dune buggy experience includes all safety gear and... Read More

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Beer & Brewery Tours

Self-Guided Santa Barbara Lagoon Loop Craft Beer Trail

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 36.99


Get ready to have some fun exploring Santa Barbara's Lagoon Loop Craft Beer Trail! Enjoy included items like a filled growler to take home, pints of beer, a tasting flight, and other benefits from working breweries located in the Eastside neighborhood's 'Lagoon District.' In addition to sampling... Read More

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Santa Barbara Open-Air Trolley Happy Hour Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 90.00


Ride on our open-air Trolley on our Thursday Happy Hour Tour. This is a unique tour that lets you experience craft beer in a fun and educational way.  Plus you can even take a behind the scenes tour that walks you through the process…all the way from the hops to your mug. Customize your tour to fit your group!

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Strolling on Sunday Beer Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 105.00


Ride in our open-air Trolley on our Strolling on Sunday Beer Tour. This is a unique tour that lets you experience craft beer in a fun and educational way. Plus you can even take a behind the scenes tour that walks you through the process…all the way from the hops to your mug. Customize your tour to fit your group! So choose your adventure and Book Now! Learn how beer is made and how to taste it.

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Beer & Brewery Tours

Friday Funday Beer Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 99.00


Ride in an open-air Trolley on a Friday happy hour tour. Great craft breweries have been selected for you, that showcase award winning beers created throughout Santa Barbara. Meet your guide at a convenient downtown pick-up location with easy access though public transportation as you should not plan on driving after this great tour.

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Beer & Brewery Tours

Saturday Urban Beer Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 115.00


Ride in an open-air Trolley on our Saturday Urban Beer Tour. This is a unique tour that lets you experience craft beer in a fun and educational way. Plus you can even take a behind the scenes tour that walks you through the process…all the way from the hops to your mug. Customize your tour to fit your group! So choose your adventure and Book Now! Learn how beer is made and how to taste it.

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 94.99


Enjoy the beautiful sights of Santa Barbara while riding an easy-to-use electric bike. Follow your guide to the Santa Barbara Mission, State Street and other historical sites, and learn about the city's history. Have your camera ready as you cruise along the gorgeous Pacific Ocean coastline. <br />This small-group tour is limited to five people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Beginner or Intermediate Mountain Bike Tour of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 94.99


Explore Santa Barbara's gorgeous terrain on a small-group beginner or intermediate mountain bike tour. Enjoy a fun, scenic ride along coastal bluffs and through picturesque meadows with your expert guide. Be sure to bring your camera for great photo opportunities of these world-famous Southern... Read More

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Santa Barbara Bike and Beverage Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 80.00


Looking to be a little active before you hit the town in search for the best place to get drinks’ Look no further than this beer and wine tour that will take you around the drinking hot-spots of Santa Barbara, with insider information and exclusive deals thrown in as well.The bike rental is included in your tour!**BONUS! $30 worth of beer and wine tasting vouchers and 2 for... Read More

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Bike Rentals

Santa Barbara Bike Rentals: Electric, Mountain or Hybrid

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Priced From: USD 74.99


Explore the city sights and rugged hills around Santa Barbara with an electric, mountain or hybrid bike 1- or 2-day rental. Get around town easily on an eco-friendly electric bike that doesn't require pedaling. For a more adventurous experience, explore the city streets or Santa Ynez Mountains on... Read More

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Day Trips

Santa Barbara to Los Angeles Day Trip by Rail

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 259.00


This full day trip by rail from Santa Barbara to LA is a family friendly trip that includes a hop on hop off bus ticket for Los Angeles. With the ticket, you can visit some of Los Angeles' most famous sites at your own pace. LA is a world center of entertainment and is famous for being home to the legendary Hollywood movie industry. There is plenty of great sightseeing, shopping and history in the city as well. You can... Read More

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Food Tours

Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 75.00


Grab your walking shoes and come on a food tour of downtown Santa Barbara. This 3.5-hour tour includes a fun mix of six tantalizing tastings, conversations with local chefs and business owners and a sprinkle of local history mixed in as well. Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine and handcrafted chocolates are just a few of the tasting options along the tour route. A small group tour can accommodate up to 15... Read More

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Food Tours

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


Eat your way through the Funk Zone - Santa Barbara's hip, new 'hood - while learning about local culture and how to take great food photos.<br />This food &amp; photo tour starts on lower State Street and will walk you through the Funk Zone neighborhood where you will taste what Santa Barbara is known for with bites of fresh seafood, gastropub creations, Mexican food, and artisan beer, locally grown wines,... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 55.00


Experienced local guides take you on an unforgettable Santa Barbara kayak tour spotlighting one of California's most thriving marine regions. Learn about Santa Barbara's natural history and marine ecology, as well as local trivia during this fun and exhilarating day on the water. This 2 hour paddling adventure offers spectacular views of the city and beaches from a unique perspective on the water!

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Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


Kayak through Santa Barbara Harbor and enjoy a tasty deli spread lunch on the beach! See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. This 4-hour guided tour, complete with paddling tips, takes you along the waterfront, past sea lions and around the historical pier. If you're lucky, dolphins may be spotted swimming along this stunning section of coastline. Lunch is served at a secluded beach with beverages... Read More

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Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 112.00


Kayak one of the few remaining sections of undeveloped, scenic coastline in California, home to more than 1,500 plant and animal species. Enjoy a leisurely paddle with deli-style lunch provided at the half-way point at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara. This popular, 4-hour kayaking trip features regular wildlife encounters, beautiful coastal views and some time to swim (optional).

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Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 85.00


Set out from Santa Barbara Harbor on a private kayak tour of the stunning Santa Barbara coastline. Take in views of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and keep your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins. Your expert guide will share information about Santa Barbara's top attractions and customize the speed of the ride to suit your needs. Choose between three different tours of varying duration and difficulty.

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Other Water Sports

Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 84.99


Learn to stand-up paddleboard in beautiful Santa Barbara, with all equipment included! Your expert guide will teach you how to paddle, offer balance tips and accompany you on the water. All skill levels are welcome.-- you'll be standing up on your board in no time! Outdoor activities in this Southern California city are great year-round.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Group Wine Tour of Santa Barbara Wine Country

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 136.25


Private Santa Barbara Wine Country tour for your group. Visit four different wineries with tasting fees and lunch included. This tour is ideal for couples or groups of up to fourteen people. This is a 6 hour tour including pick-up and drop-off from your residence or hotel in Santa Barbara, Santa... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Winemaker’s Wine Tour of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 292.50


This Santa Barbara wine tour is ideal for couples and small groups. On this full-day excursion, you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you are chauffeured to boutique estate wineries for private tastings. You will have an intimate experience as you meet the people that have a passion for wine... Read More

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Santa Barbara Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 15.00


Turn Santa Barbara into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the <i>Amazing Race </i>with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. <em>Note: Pricing is per individual, but teams must book... Read More

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Santa Barbara Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


Stand-up paddle board with a local guide for the best views of Santa Barbara's legendary waterfront! This is an accessible sport for all ages and skill levels and provides a total body workout. Learn the basics from an instructor and get plenty of practice on the water during this 2-hour SUP session. You're treated to views of the coastal mountains and downtown Santa Barbara, all within walking distance of excellent... Read More

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Surfing Lessons

Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 79.00


Experience the best of the Santa Barbara coastline during an introductory surfing lesson at Santa Claus Beach. Learn the basics with an instructor who focuses on the fundamentals of reading water, paddling, popping up, and riding as well as surf etiquette during your 2-hour lesson.

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Surfing Lesson in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 84.99


Learn to surf in beautiful Santa Barbara! Your expert instructor will teach you how to stand up on your board and ride the perfect wave, offering tips on balance while ensuring your safety. All skill levels are welcome, and equipment rental is included. This Southern California city offers great outdoor activities like surfing year-round.

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Walking Tours

Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 99.00


Eat great food, drink great drinks and learn about downtown Santa Barbara on this 3.5-hour walking tour. Indulge your palate for a few hours with sipping, sampling, and savoring. You will visit 6-7 local eateries and wine tasting rooms where locals like to go. This fun, informative and local lunch tour is sure to pleasantly fill you up and entertain the whole family.

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Private Wine Tasting Tour of Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 125.00


Enjoy a relaxing day in Wine Country on this 6-hour tour of the Santa Ynez Valley. Ride in style in a luxury black car, limo or mini-coach while sipping delicate California Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, or award winning Syrah. This guided tour includes a picnic lunch at local winery or vineyard and includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.

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Santa Barbara Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 130.00


Enjoy a unique wine country experience with knowledgeable guides and a friendly atmosphere. Your personal guide will pickup you up at your hotel or other designated location anywhere within the greater Santa Barbara area. The five to seven hour small group tour has a maximum of ten guests and will consist of four tastings at various wineries and tasting rooms. Included with each tour is an artisan picnic lunch at one of the... Read More

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Small-Group Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour with Optional Local Brewery Stop

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 125.00


Visit four beautiful wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara's wine country on this 6-hour wine tour. Enjoy a charming picnic in one of the vineyards after your tasting to enhance your already exquisite experience. Taste approximately 5-6 wines in each room and if desired, make an optional visit to... Read More

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Day In Santa Barbara Wine Country

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 175.00


Get ready for a beautiful day in the Santa Barbara Wine country!<br />in this semi-private social excursion as we guide you through California`s most diverse wine region. It is our privilege to introduce you to some fantastic wines that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate. <br /><br />This is an all-inclusive small group semi-private wine tour.

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Self-Guided Santa Barbara Funk Zone Uncorked Wine Trail

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 53.99


Experience Santa Barbara's wine culture and tasting rooms located in the Funk Zone neighborhood through this self-guided tour using your mobile device. Enjoy a bottle of wine, 5 featured glasses of wine, 2 for 1 tastings and special bottle discounts from 9 tasting rooms in the Funk Zone and... Read More

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Santa Barbara Self-Guided Anacapa Wine Walk

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 36.99


Experience Santa Barbara's wine culture and tasting rooms located in the Funk Zone neighborhood through this self-guided tour using your mobile device. Enjoy a flight of wine, 3 featured glasses of wine, 2 for 1 tastings &amp; special discounts from 7 tasting rooms bordering Anacapa Street in the hip area known as the Funk Zone. Sip at your own speed because the package items are redeemable for a year from purchase.

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Santa Barbara Self-Guided Presidio Wine Walk

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 64.99


Explore Santa Barbara's historic Presidio Neighborhood while enjoying premium wine at 5 tasting rooms in the area. The Presidio Wine Walk includes 2-3 flights of wine, 1-2 glasses of your choice, and exclusive discounts. <br /><br />Please note: this is an app-based tour and self-guided. Use the Seeker app on your smartphone to guide you to each location and redeem included wine at each stop. You're not only... Read More

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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Priority Pass

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 49.99


Get one year's worth of access to exclusive savings and elevated wine-tasting experiences at more than 200 wineries in California. You're offered some complimentary wine tastings, 2-for-1 tastings, and meet-the-winemaker experiences in Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Malibu, San Diego, and more. In addition, take advantage of discounted rates on wine tastings, tours,... Read More

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All Inclusive Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 129.00


Come experience an unforgettable wine tasting tour with Silk Road Transportation. Travel the breath-taking country back roads in comfort and style. From Solvang to Santa Ynez to Los Olivos, you will enjoy stunning scenery and landmarks on your way to the region's best wineries.Our all inclusive classic wine tours include fun and professional transportation, 3 course gourmet lunch served at one of... Read More

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Private All Inclusive Wine Tour in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 150.00


Come experience an unforgettable wine tasting tour with Silk Road Transportation. Travel the breath-taking country back roads in comfort and style. From Solvang to Santa Ynez to Los Olivos, you will enjoy stunning scenery and landmarks on your way to the region's best... Read More

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 139.00


Enjoy a fun filled day on our Santa Barbara Wine Country tour. Join the small group as we explore wines from small production and family owned wineries. We work with 25+ wineries so the route varies from day to day. We give you the full wine tasting experience by visiting a mixture of vineyards and small production tasting rooms.

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Santa Barbara El Paseo Wine and Photo Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 99.00


On these Santa Barbara wine and photo tours you'll enjoy a couple small bites in between 10 different wine tastings of some of the Central Coasts top-shelf wineries. In addition, you'll acquire new tips and tricks for travel photography using your smartphone's camera, learn local history and much about our local wine industry, plus hear a bit about each place you visit. Chat up your expert guide about other fun... Read More

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Wine Tour by Hummer from Santa Barbara or Solvang

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 169.00


Hummers and wine are not usually paired together, but this tour creates a delicious duo. Hop in either an open-air Hummer or a luxury enclosed Hummer for this 7-hour tour through the atmospheric vineyards near Santa Barbara. Visit four wineries and imbibe up to 30 types of wine. Explore some of the vineyards where the movie <i>Sideways</i> was filmed, eat a picnic lunch and get an insider's view of the area from... Read More

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Santa Barbara Cupcake and Wine Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 139.00


If you like tasty treats and wine, then you will love this cupcake-and-wine tour of the Santa Ynez Valley. Savor a tasty sampling of half a dozen mini-cupcakes and indulge in a wine-themed cupcake tasting at a local bakery. A deli-style lunch, cold beverages, and all wine tasting fees are included along with hotel transport from Santa Barbara.

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Wine Country Biking Tour in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 139.00


Ride a bike into the heart of the Santa Barbara wine country, home to notable California vintners. Depart by van in the morning for the Foxen Canyon Trail or Santa Rita Hills, perfect for cycling through scenic vineyards and ranchland. The close proximity to several vineyards, all within short pedaling distance, makes this day's ride a popular one.

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Santa Ynez Wine Country Tour from Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 129.00


Let your guide take care of the details on this relaxing wine country tour from Santa Barbara. Travel by minivan to the Santa Ynez Valley and visit three local wineries that offer unique vintages and award-winning selections. Winery staff provide insight about specific blends as well as the compelling process of crafting the perfect glass of wine. Lunch and hotel transport included.

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Santa Barbara Wine Lovers Tour

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 141.45


On this 5 to 7.5 hour tour(depending on pick up location), your guides will pick you up from your accommodations and whisk you away for a fun-filled, carefree day. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty and wonderful, world-class premium boutique wineries in Santa Barbara wine country. This is an extremely fun and very educational wine tour!

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Winery Tour in Open Air Hummer

Santa Barbara, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 159.00


Hop onto our the 'Carbon Neutral Hummer' and enjoy a unique open-air wine tour into Santa Ynez Valley.

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