- 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.
The 29-mile Goleta County Beach Park is a swimming and fishing hotspot. Anglers dot the extra-long pier or launch small boats from the dock. Visitors also enjoy picnic facilities, soft sand, trails, birdwatching posts and other amenities.
Actually a mazelike network of hiking trails, Lizards Mouth Trail is a scenic place to hike, rock climb, rock hop, and take in scenic views of a distinctive landscape. The trails are also good places to walk dogs.
Home to a lake, Lake Los Carneros Park provides water access for fishing along with a walking trail around the lake's perimeter. The park offers mountain views, access to the Stow House and Railroad Museum and wildlife viewing opportunities.
At 6 miles round trip, Gaviota Peak Trail offers visitors a challenging hike through a scenic meadow hillside. At the summit, visitors receive panoramic views of the surrounding valley and distant views of the Pacific Ocean.
Girsh Park offers a Multi-Sport Field that is set up for youth baseball, adult softball, soccer, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, dog events and rugby. The park is also used for summer camp, The Lemon Festival and Wags and Wiskers dog event.
Spanning a total of 6 miles, Goleta Point is a peninsula that offers visitors the opportunity to experience picturesque views of the coastline. Visitors commonly enjoy hiking the surrounding area and viewing the many ecosystems native to the peninsula.