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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: September (2023)

September is here! The days are warm and the sun is shining. Locals and visitors are at the beaches, kayaking the shoreline and surfing the breaks. Here are some of the fun things going on around town during this late-summer month. Butterflies Alive! at the Museum of Natural HistoryWHEN: Through September 4thTIME: 10:00am-5:00pmWHERE: Santa Barbara…

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Late Summer Bliss on Santa Cruz Island

I’ve heard Southern California doesn’t have a change in the seasons. I’ve always scoffed at that notion, especially out at the Channel Islands National Park. Each August, I can feel a gradual shift from late summer into early fall, approaching like a wispy warm easterly wind. It’s arguably the best time of year to experience…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: August (2023)

Photo credit: Chuck Graham The summer is flying by and August is full of fun things to do here in Santa Barbara! With sunny weather and gorgeous beaches, it’s time to get outside and explore. One of the best months to be in Santa Barbara, August’s bright days and warm nights provide numerous options for…

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Kayaking Potato Harbor: The Ultimate Channel Islands Adventure

Kayakers at Potato Harbor. Photo by Chuck Graham. Nearly finished with another circumnavigation of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands, my friend Craig Fernandez and I made a pit stop inside Potato Harbor. While stretching stiff legs along the cobbled shoreline within a pocket cove inside the harbor, one of the islands’ many natural wonders…

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Santa Barbara Adventure Company Ranks Top Five in USA TODAY’s “Best Kayaking Tour” Contest

We are proud to announce that Santa Barbara Adventure Company (SBACo) has been awarded the prestigious title of “Best Kayaking Tour” in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice. This national recognition is a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional kayak tours in the stunning Santa Barbara and Channel Islands National Park regions. It…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: July (2023)

Summertime is well underway in California! Check out some of our favorite places and tips for enjoying the best Santa Barbara has to offer in July. We have included as much helpful information as possible, but in case we missed anything, feel free to add details in the comments section below. Snorkel Tours at Channel…

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The Island Fox: An Icon’s Triumph on Santa Cruz Island

Island fox on an agave plant at Santa Cruz Island. Photo by Chuck Graham. There was a time on Santa Cruz Island when one could go days without seeing an island fox. There was a time when you would easily see more feral pigs than the endemic Urocyon littoralis.  That was in 1999 when non-native…

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Marine geyser at Channel Islands National Park

Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: June (2023)

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 (2023)

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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2023 Superbloom: Chasing Island Wildflowers

Photo of seaside daises and kayakers at Scorpion Anchorage by Chuck Graham. After four months of steady, consistent 2022/23 winter rains, anticipation mounts amongst island lovers for an incoming, colorful, vibrant spring. Waterfalls are gushing off sheer cliffs, and side canyons that are typically dry are like vital tributaries breathing life into significant canyons such…

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