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5 Things to do in Santa Barbara for Spring Break

With warm weather coming and the days getting longer, people are looking for things to do! Santa
Barbara is the perfect place for spring break with a wide variety of outdoor adventures, museums,
events, and activities to choose from.

Here are five of our top choices!

1) Refugio Kayak Tour 

For a local kayaking adventure, the Refugio State Beach kayak tour is a great option. This tour meets at Refugio State Beach and explores the Gaviota Coast – one of the few remaining undeveloped coastlines in California! A local guide leads the tour, teaching basic kayaking skills beforehand and pointing out the local ecology and history throughout the tour. Lunch is included. This is a perfect half day adventure and a great way to get a new view of the California coastline!

2) Kayaking the Channel Islands 


If you are looking for a longer kayaking adventure, go kayaking on the Channel Islands! This all-day
adventure starts in Ventura where you meet your guide, board a ferry, and head off to the Channel
Islands National Park! Three different tour options – Discovery, Adventure, and Ultimate – allow you to
choose your tour length and skill level desired. All tours explore the famous sea caves and marine
wildlife that is so spectacular out on the islands. To make your tour all-inclusive you can order meals
with Channel Island Provisioners. Kayaking on the Channel Islands is an experience of a lifetime!

3) Wine Tour in the Santa Ynez Valley 

The Santa Ynez Valley is another great area to explore and there are a variety of wine tours available to experience the region. This area is beautiful in the spring, the hills are green and the wildflowers are
blooming, making for a picturesque spring tour. The Santa Ynez Valley Tour is the classic wine tour and includes door to door shuttle service, wine tasting at three local wineries, fresh and local lunch, and a knowledgeable guide to share knowledge and insights from the area. Other options are available including a Wine and Bike Tour, Cupcake and Wine Tour, Wine County Shuttle service, and even custom group tours. The Wine Tours are a great way to explore the Valley and get a unique perspective of Santa Barbara County.

4) Visit the MOXI

The city of Santa Barbara itself is full of adventures and places to explore, like the MOXI museum. The
MOXI is an interactive museum that offers guests a chance to learn and play. Exhibits include everything from interactive sound studios to a fluid dynamic sky garden. Located in the heart of downtown, this museum is great for all ages and has special events and programs for a variety of age groups throughout the year to make your trip even more fantastic.

5) Go to a Festival 

One not to miss spring event in Santa Barbara is the Earth Day Festival. Celebrating it’s 49th year here in Santa Barbara, this festival has two full days of entertainment, music, exhibits, and even a beer and wine garden! With exhibits for all ages and a variety of food options, this event has something for
everyone. This festival is a great way to see the local side of Santa Barbara and help a great cause.

Santa Barbara truly is a great place to experience Spring Break. With access to so many trails,
restaurants, and shops, as well as so many activities, it has something for everyone.

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