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Attractions

Oprah's House - Our most famous celebrity, Oprah, lives at 1633 East Valley Road in Montecito, an address that’s surprisingly easy to find by doing a simple Google search. 94399 21
Figueroa Mountain - Wildflowers, snow season and summer campouts are the seasonal high notes for Figueroa Mountain, a wilderness paradise accessible from the Santa Ynez Valley. 26737 12
Franceschi Park - If you stumbled on Franceschi Park without any prior knowledge of the place, it would be hard to get a sense of the story from rambling around. 24973 2
Celebrity Wedding Venues - Reality star Kim Kardashian's upcoming Montecito nuptials to basketball star Kris Humphries will be the Santa Barbara celebrity wedding of the summer. 23848 21
Mission Santa Barbara - Beautiful Mission Santa Barbara, considered the crown jewel of the Franciscan missionary effort, is probably the most-visited tourist attraction Santa Barbara has to offer. 22628 4
Clark Estate - You can’t visit there, or even see the house unless you are on a boat off the coast, but the Clark Estate has attracted perhaps the most attention of any local property. 21953 3
Fourth of July in SB - The Fourth of July is a fun holiday to celebrate in Santa Barbara. Here are some details about the festivities, as well as two other popular celebrations. 21318 2
Santa Barbara Train Station - If you get off the train upon arriving in Santa Barbara, you’ll be arriving at an historic train station, and steps away from the City’s famous Moreton Bay Fig Tree. 21296 14
Butterfly Preserve - Each winter, a monarch migration makes its way to the peaceful eucalyptus groves on Goleta’s Ellwood Mesa. 20646 6
Wine Tasting in Los Olivos - Sideways is ancient history. But the irascible indie film's mark on Los Olivos is inerasable. Here's an updated look at wine tasting in the charming village. 19208 7
Butterfly Beach - Popular with ocean swimmers, beach art makers, wedding photographers and many others, Butterfly Beach is arguably the most laid-back place in Montecito. 18244 10
Santa Ynez Valley Animal Tour - For this week’s tourist attraction, an Edhat exclusive: An insider’s guide to the amazing animals of the Santa Ynez Valley. 18078 7
County Courthouse - They call the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, with its architecture copied from Spanish castles, a historic masterpiece. Here are five fun reasons to visit. 17239 8
Obern Trail - Ever wonder why they call Goleta the good land? Take a spin on the Obern Bike Trail and find out. 16893 8
Lake Cachuma - Beautiful Lake Cachuma is full to the brim this spring. That and the addition of new recreational offerings at the lake make this a great time to visit. 16709 1
Go Back to School at UCSB - The University of California at Santa Barbara is the area’s largest employer, and a nationally renowned educational institution. Here are some tips for a visit. 16550 3
Andree Clark Bird Refuge - Named for a young woman who died too soon, the Andree Clark Bird Refuge is Santa Barbara’s fountain of eternal youth. 15999 1
Land Shark - The kids' eyes grew wide when they realized that they were going to be riding a huge boat... on wheels. Just another day on the Land Shark around Santa Barbara. 15981 4
Shoreline Park - Shoreline Park is a crown jewel in Santa Barbara's shoreline necklace. This grassy expanse runs from Leadbetter along Shoreline Drive. 15816 6
Carpinteria - If Santa Barbara is the Barbie in our local tourist attraction dream house, Carpinteria is Gidget; the fun loving kid sister who likes to surf. 15504 8
Arroyo Burro/Hendry's Beach - You have to be a true old-time Santa Barbarian to remember the days when the Hendry family lived next to what locals still call Hendry's Beach. 15141 9
La Cumbre Plaza - A longtime Santa Barbara shopping institution, La Cumbre Plaza is an open-air mall in the upper State Street area. 14984 29
Chase Palm Park - Locals know it as the place where they gather to enjoy free summer concerts. Chase Palm is the park with the carousel and the shipwreck-themed playground. 14565 add
Lil' Toot - If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get on the water in Santa Barbara, look no further than the friendly crew of the Lil’ Toot. 14458 5
Surrey Rental - If you're down at Santa Barbara’s waterfront during your trip here, you'll probably see folks cruising around in bright red and blue surrey bikes. 14433 4
Roadside Attraction - For a little bit of roadside history in Goleta, check out the "Sentinel at Ellwood" - the historic Barnsdall-Rio Grande gas station. 14384 18
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens - Calling it the "Park Park" confuses people until they realize that Alice Keck Park was the full name of the lady for whom this mid-city garden is named. 14321 12
Solstice in Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara throws three big summer parties each year. The one with the most glitter and confetti is Summer Solstice. 14010 add
Local Hikes - Looking for a great place to go for a hike while you’re visiting Santa Barbara? We have a few suggestions. 13961 5
State Beaches - Four of our favorite State beaches: Carpinteria, Gaviota, Refugio and El Capitan, are just a short drive if you travel here. 13897 3
Stearns Wharf - At a favorite tourist destination, we overheard a visitor say: “It’s just like Fisherman’s Wharf!” No, it's not. Stearns Wharf is better. 13894 3
Douglas Family Preserve - There are few locations better suited for an afternoon stroll than the Douglas Family Preserve on Santa Barbara's Mesa. 13576 12
Rocky Nook Park - Shaded by giant oaks and sycamore trees, the trails at Santa Barbara's Rocky Nook Park look like something right out of a fantasy movie. 13417 10
Rose Garden - Should you need a reason to stop and smell a lot of roses, the place to go in Santa Barbara is the A.C. Postel Rose Garden. 13291 4
Paseo Nuevo - If you plan to go shopping during your trip to Santa Barbara, the downtown open-air shopping mall Paseo Nuevo is one recommended destination. 13059 5
Coal Oil Point Reserve - With history and habitat abound, Coal Oil Point Reserve is one of Santa Barbara’s natural gems. 12926 3
Elings Park - Elings Park is a local favorite, where families gather to watch softball and baseball, play tennis, hike and mountain bike, and take their dogs to the park. 12815 8
Stow House - Take a trip back in time to the early days of Goleta with a visit to Rancho La Patera, and enjoy the adjacent South Coast Railroad Museum and Lake Los Carneros. 12748 7
Tucker’s Grove County Park - Tucker's Grove County Park offers excellent group BBQ areas, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, a volleyball court, and a new off-leash dog area. 12728 4
Santa Ynez - It is Solvang's charming sleepy neighbor, home to the Chumash Casino, and a great spot to dine out. The town of Santa Ynez is this week’s tourist attraction. 12679 8
Santa Barbara Zoo - Families with small children won’t want to miss the Santa Barbara Zoo during a trip here. 12674 1
Goleta Beach County Park - Popular with fishermen, walkers, families and picnickers, Goleta Beach County Park is the perfect place to kill time before heading to the airport. 12654 3
Sights in Solvang - Tips for a great visit to Solvang, the Santa Barbara County city that was settled by Danes in 1911 and celebrates 100 years this year. 12367 11
Royal Welcome - England's Prince William and his bride, Catherine (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), will visit the Santa Barbara Polo Club today. 12006 5
Rincon: Crown Jewel of the Coast - Rincon, often called the crown jewel of the coast, sits just on the Santa Barbara side of the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line. 11856 2
Downtown Walk - Santa Barbara has dozens of historic buildings downtown, all within walking distance of each other. Here's a short downtown walking tour. 11783 9
Farmers Markets - If you want to experience something uniquely local and fresh during your trip to Santa Barbara, the best place to go is one of the area Farmers Markets. 11516 2
Arlington Theater - Unlike a red carpet event in the big city, the Arlington Theater, venue for the Film Fest, is an everyman’s theater under its impressive façade on State Street. 11064 1
Santa Barbara Museum of Art - Santa Barbara is home to a small but spacious Museum of Art, founded by collectors whose vision continues to influence today's exhibits. 10740 add
Botanic Garden - If you’re interested in horticulture, or are just looking for a nice walk, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to spend an afternoon. 10720 19
Earth Day - Earth Day is one of Santa Barbara's most popular local celebrations, and the family-friendly festival will take place this weekend. 10686 8
Summerland - Nestled between Montecito and Carpinteria, with an ocean view from nearly every street, Summerland is a small piece of paradise with a rich oil town history. 10667 7
Maritime Museum - If you’re making your first trip here, you might want to visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and learn more about Santa Barbara’s strong connection to the sea. 10632 add
Arroyo Hondo Preserve - Arroyo Hondo Preserve, open for the benefit of the community, is a wonderful place to explore at all times of year. [pics] 10573 1
Museum of Natural History - Tucked into a scenic spot in Mission Canyon, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a favorite of families and a common spot for field trips. 10554 2
Wheelchair Accessibility in Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara is wheelchair accessible, so nobody should have to miss out on seeing what this beautiful town has to offer. 10452 5

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