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El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

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El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

1. Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

Discover the best bike routes, historical landmarks, and viewpoints of Santa Barbara on an electric bike with an expert guide. Choose between a customizable private tour or a shared group tour where a route is decided by your guide. Start with an easy stroll along the scenic Cabrillo bike path and quickly venture into the artsy area of Santa Barbara. Check out the delicious wine and dine culture of this area. Let your tour guide show you the must-see historic buildings in the heart of downtown. As you bike through downtown, enjoy a safe and spacious bike ride up and down the energetic State Street Promenade allocated for bike and pedestrian traffic only. After downtown, your guide might have a few secret gems that he or she will show you before heading back along the waterfront. The finale of this tour will take you through the bike path that winds through the Santa Barbara Harbor and along the boardwalk back to the bike shop.

Santa Barbara: Electric Bike Rental

2. Santa Barbara: Electric Bike Rental

Rent an electric bike and discover a new way to explore Santa Barbara, California. Choose a 2-hour rental or an all-day rental, and pick from three different brands of electric bikes to find the right variety and size for you. Learn how to safely operate your bike before taking off on your adventure. The three electric bike brands offered are Specialized Turbo Como, Townie-Electra Go, and Rad Power Bikes' fleet of Ebikes. All three brands offer pedal-assist power with multiple levels of assist. The Rad Power Bikes also all have a throttle that can be used if you need an extra boost up the hill. Whatever brand or style you choose, feel secure knowing that all electric bikes are well-maintained and user-friendly. As an added perk, get a tutorial before taking off to ensure you know how to safely and properly use the bike to its utmost potential. Most of the bikes are rated to last about 30 to 50 miles, however, this is dependent on riding style, rider weight, and the route taken. Rarely do riders run out of battery during these electric bike rentals. When you rent your bike, make sure to ask about popular places to ride to and visit. Most of the staff you will meet are also tour guides and are here to help you get the most out of your electric bike rental.

Santa Barbara: Private Half-Day City Architecture Tour

3. Santa Barbara: Private Half-Day City Architecture Tour

Explore Santa Barbara’s most iconic buildings, each with its own unique story steeped in tradition. Learn about the evolution of the city as you're comfortably driven from one stop to the next, including the County Courthouse, the Old Mission, and the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara. Start your tour at the train station or from your Santa Barbara hotel. Say hello to your driver-guide and buckle in for a half-day exploration. Find out for yourself why the city is often branded as the American Riviera. With white stucco buildings, red-tile clay roofs and Spanish street names, the Spanish influence is evident throughout the city. Visit the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the 18th-century Old Mission, Santa Barbara’s iconic landmarks, that appear to have been transplanted directly from Spain. Next, visit El Presidio Real de Santa Bárbara a former military installation also known as the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara founded and built by Spain in 1782. Learn about the Spanish influence that goes way back to 1602 when adventurer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed here after surviving a huge storm on the eve of Saint Barbara’s feast day, giving it its name.

Santa Barbara: Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

4. Santa Barbara: Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of beautiful and interesting parts of downtown Santa Barbara while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your group as the game guides you through the city. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. See major attractions as well as less-known gems of Santa Barbara on this unique interactive tour. Work together with your group to solve the 22 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule. There is no in-person guide you have to wait for. Explore downtown Santa Barbara California at your own pace. See the bustling State Street, the historic Spanish Presidio, De La Guerra Plaza, the Old Lobero Opera House, and many interesting and lesser-known sights. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages.


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Best Bike tour! It was private, geared to our needs, fun, safe, our tour guide was off the hook!! So kind, and super attentive to us having a great time!! Will do it all over again!! Thank you for a beautiful birthday biking ‍♀️ celebration