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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: January 2022

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 now covered in a beautiful and lush, green flora.

There are so many fun things to do both indoors and outdoors this January. See some of our suggestions below:

Monarch Butterfly Migration
WHERE: Ellwood Mesa
WHEN: Every day in January
The monarch butterfly migration occurs annually between November and February each year. This year there have been exciting reports of above-average butterfly sightings. You can go and see the monarchs for yourself at Sperling Preserve and Goleta Bluffs — all part of Ellwood Mesa.

(Note: Trails to the Butterfly Grove are currently closed due to the risk of falling eucalyptus trees that were severely impacted by the drought. Please use caution and obey all posted trail closures. More information can be found here.)

Sunset Kayak in Santa Barbara Harbor
WHEN: Every evening in January
WHERE: Santa Barbara Harbor
Winter is the best time of year for sunsets in Santa Barbara due to seasonal weather patterns including offshore winds. These winds keep the coast fog-free and carry medium and high-level clouds across the sky. Join us for a spectacular twilight sky viewing on our very special Sunset Kayak Tour! — Book Now

Hike up to Montecito Peak
WHERE: Cold Spring Trailhead
LENGTH: 7.6 miles (out & back)
DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
Enjoy the cooler winter weather on a nice, long hike that features a creek, small waterfall, and panoramic views atop Montecito Peak.

Karaoke Night
WHERE: The James Joyce
WHEN: Every Sunday & Monday in January
TIME: 9PM
Sitting at home bored on a Sunday or Monday night? Get your friends together for fun, drinks, and karaoke at State Street’s famous bar The James Joyce.

Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Every day in January
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
Yes, it’s true, our Channel Islands kayak tours run year-round! Join us as we explore world-renowned sea caves, giant kelp forests and recreate alongside wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. — Book Now

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