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5 Things to do in Santa Barbara for Father’s Day

*Updated June 2020

Have you made any plans for Fathers Day? Is your dad an adventure junkie, an outdoor enthusiast or just a nature lover? Father’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to make some plans. Why settle for a backyard BBQ, when we have lots of amazing adventures for the whole family in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and at Channel Islands National Park. Here are 5 suggestions for making this June 21th a very special and exciting Father’s Day for you and your dad.

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Father and Son Surf Lessons
Has your Dad ever wanted to learn how to surf? Surprise him by booking a surf lesson this Father’s Day. Spend this Father’s Day on the beach with knowledgeable and friendly guides while enjoying comprehensive instruction and a delicious lunch. All equipment is included and instructions includes a comprehensive briefing focusing on the fundamentals of reading water, paddling, etiquette, catching waves and riding. A surf lesson is the perfect way for kids to bond with Dad and create a memorable day this Father’s day.

Hike Inspiration Point
This is one of Santa Barbara’s many great hiking trails. Bring some water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat for this 3 mile round trip hike. The trailhead is located at the end of Tunnel Rd, just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. The hike is moderate, crossing creeks and climbing through the chaparral. The elevation gain is about 800ft and when you reach the summit you will be treated to amazing panoramic views of the coast. For more detailed information check out Santa Barbara Hikes.

Family Mountains to Shore Bike Ride
Feel the wind in your hair as you descend almost 4000ft through the Santa Ynez mountain range. Fully guided by expert staff and including a delicious picnic lunch, this ride is truly breathtaking and covers 13-15 miles of Santa Barbara’s best scenery. This trip caters for all skill levels and is a great opportunity for the whole family to share some adrenaline with Dad this Father’s day.

Whale Watching
Explore the Santa Barbara channel and catch a glimpse of some amazing marine mammals. Father’s Day is a great time to whale watch in Santa Barbara with humpback and blue whales sighted often along with the year round resident common dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals. Treat your dad to an unforgettable sea adventure this father’s day.

Kayak and Camp at Channel Islands National Park
Explore Santa Cruz Island on an incredible day trip. The island offers sea kayaking, amazing hiking vistas and a serene tranquility found few places on Earth.  Let Santa Barbara Adventure Company take care of the details while you relax and enjoy the scenery.

Prisoners Harbor Kayak Tour

There are a few great suggestions for an adventurous Father’s Day.

What is your best father’s day adventure?

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