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Marine geyser at Channel Islands National Park

Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: June (2024)

No matter whether you love to spend your days under the sun at the beach, hiking the backcountry, wine tasting at vineyards, visiting great museums, or conquering the next epic adventure, there is so much fun to be had in Santa Barbara during the month of June! We’ve put together a list of ideas for…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: May (2024)

May is here, and sunny Santa Barbara is buzzing with excitement and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. As the American Riviera soaks up the sun, we’ve got you covered with a fantastic lineup of must-do events and attractions. In this month’s blog, we’re sharing our top picks of cool experiences you won’t want to…

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Island Scrub Jays: The Hardest-Working Birds in North America

Bird watchers travel from all corners of the world to get a glimpse of the rare Island Scrub Jay. Photo by Chuck Graham. I followed a flash of blue in the dense oak woodland while hiking a side canyon within Scorpion Canyon on Santa Cruz Island. The lone endemic island scrub jay was doing what…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: April (2024)

April is the perfect time to embrace the beauty and excitement Santa Barbara has to offer. As the “American Riviera” comes to life with spring, our vibrant coastal paradise boasts a variety of events and attractions for all tastes and interests. We’ve handpicked a selection of must-see attractions and events. From thrilling outdoor adventures to…

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Channel Islands Adventures: Seasonal Highlights

Santa Barbara is a magical place; we have over 300 days of sunshine, experience a Mediterranean climate, and are lucky enough to be only a short boat ride away from the beautiful Channel Islands. Here at Santa Barbara Adventure Company, we often get asked when the best time of year is to visit the Channel…

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Easter Egg Hunts in Santa Barbara (2024)

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to bring out the Easter baskets, decorate eggs, and embark on exciting egg hunts! If you’re spending your Easter holiday in Santa Barbara, there’s no shortage of delightful events for you and your family to enjoy. Here are some of the top Easter celebrations in the area: The Great…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: March (2024)

Spring has sprung in Santa Barbara and we are loving it! Northern migrating gray whales and many species of birds are an amazing sight to see; wildflowers and lush green hillsides create picturesque landscapes all around; all this combined with warmer water and longer days make March the perfect time for outdoor adventures. Here are…

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Channel Islands Wildlife: Harbor Seals

From a distance, kayakers observe a cozy harbor seal soaking up some sun rays. Photo by Chuck Graham. There‚Äôs something about their sweet pushed-in faces and long whiskers, as they seemingly smile at us as we paddle onto the next toothy sea cave around Scorpion Anchorage, on the long southeast finger of Santa Cruz Island.…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: February (2024)

With early wildflowers starting to bloom, and mild temperatures, February is the perfect time of year for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking. Strap on your adventure shoes, because there are a lot of fun things to do nearby this month: Santa Barbara International Film FestivalWHEN: 2/7 to 2/17WHERE: The Arlington Theater, Lobero Theater, Riviera Theater,…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: January (2024)

It’s a New Year and a great opportunity to rediscover your passion for Adventure! Santa Barbara is an amazing place with warm weather year-round. SB winters are well-known for amazing sunsets, great surf, and perfect hiking weather all day! Plus, last month brought much-needed rain to Central California and as a result, our hillsides are…

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