- The list below includes 73 free or cheap things to do in or near Goleta, California, including 52 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Hiking Trails, Nature & Wildlife Areas and Parks.
- From Goleta County Beach to Refugio State Park & Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Goleta and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos.
A branch of the Metropolitan Theatre chain, Camino Real Cinemas is a movie multiplex that shows first-run films. All theaters feature stadium seating and digital video and sound. The theater offers matinees and discounts.
A movie theater with three auditoriums, Fairview Theatre displays first-run feature films with all digital projection and sound. The theater also offers stadium seating and 3D movies as well as a snack bar with food and drinks.
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, better known as Hendry's Beach, is popular with children looking for a secluded place to play in the sand and with surfers. It is also popular because dogs are allowed off-leash in some areas of this beach.
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2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 MoreLess Info
A wide range of exhibits are available at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History including those that feature mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, plant life, and geology that is native to the Pacific Coast and Channel Islands. There are also dioramas that depict prehistoric Native American life.
Founded in 1786 by Franciscan priests of the Roman Catholic Church, Mission Santa Barbara remains one of the most ornate and opulent Catholic churches in California. The Mission's campus now includes a museum, gift shop and public mausoleum. Visitors should not wear shorts or tank tops while inside the church.
From its origins as a stagecoach stop in 1886, Cold Spring Tavern, has been operating as a tavern since 1941. Voted the best romantic getaway location in California, you will enjoy the fine food and drink among its rustic charm.
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1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 MoreLess Info
Horticulture enthusiasts and nature lovers adore the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a peaceful haven of manicured landscapes, formal gardens and endangere plant species. The Garden also offers many classes and seminars on topics such as bird identification.
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21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 MoreLess Info
Down a side street in Santa Barbara you will find the Karpeles Manuscript Library which is home to dozens of literary works in their original form, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Torah.