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Our most recommended Santa Barbara Private Experiences

Santa Barbara: Private Half-Day City Architecture Tour

1. 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: Private Kayaking Tour

2. Santa Barbara: Private Kayaking Tour

Experience Santa Barbara from the beautiful waters of the town's historic harbor. Enjoy California's beach life on your private tour, where the waters are calm each morning and invite even the beginners to hop into a kayak and explore the pristine waters. Your guide will give you all the safety and training you need for this experience and also introduce you to the area’s native wildlife – from the obvious avian friends to the mysterious and beloved humpback whales, which migrate through the area twice a year. Discover the serenity the ocean invites, and learn Santa Barbara's fascinating history, which can be tracked back almost 13,000 years. Paddle under the California's oldest working pier, which was constructed in the mid-19th century, and look for starfish and oysters that have made their homes on the pier. Eventually, make your way back to the boat launch, where your tour ends.

Santa Barbara: City Highlights Bike Tour

3. Santa Barbara: City Highlights Bike Tour

Explore Santa Barbara and its waterfront and downtown area on wheels. Grab a bike and cruise by the Santa Barbara Zoo, Funk Zone, and State Street, with amazing views and information along the way. Get to the shop to be greeted with smiling faces, good vibes, and enthusiasm to get on the road. We carry quality bikes because we want your tour experience to be enjoyable and fun. You will have the option of riding a 7-speed beach cruiser with a basket, or a hybrid-style (non-electric) bike with 21 gears. Once you get fitted on your bike and have the seat heights all adjusted, grab some water bottles and head off to the waterfront to begin the tour. This is a leisurely tour that will be adapted to any pace that you would like. You can always talk to your tour guide if you wish to go somewhere specific. Typically, you can explore the entire beachfront bike path area, check out the Santa Barbara Zoo, learn about the rich history of that area, and ask any questions that you might have along the way. From here, circle back and go towards the downtown area where you may go explore the Funk Zone, State Street, and the Santa Barbara Harbor area.


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What people are saying about Santa Barbara

This surf lesson really made our trip to Ventura special! It was a really fun lesson and our guide, Quincy, was excellent and patient with us beginner surfers. He first showed us how to pop up on the sand before going into the water and then once we were out there, he guided us through which waves to take and when to pop up. He was also really nice and good to talk to between waves. It was great that the wetsuit was included because the water was a little cold and that they had us use foam surfboards. It was pretty easy to stand up on the boards they provided. Overall, loved this experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun beach activity. 10/10!