- The list below includes 58 free or cheap things to do in or near Santa Barbara, California, including 55 different types of inexpensive activities like Bars, Natural History Museums, Botanical Gardens and Nature & Wildlife Areas.
- From Cabrillo Bike Path to Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Santa Barbara and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Goleta, Ventura, Montecito and Ojai.
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum 113 Harbor Way, Ste 190, Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
Enjoy exciting and educational exhibits, sailing vessels, and media that bring the maritime history of the California Coast to life
95% 150 votes
Andree Clark Bird Refuge (1400 E. Cabrillo Blvd.), Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
Cabrillo Bike Path runs from the zoo to the harbor. A nice place to bike, jog, or walk
89% 309 votes
2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
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.
76% 838 votes
Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
The famous Stearns Wharf is a vital attraction in Santa Barbara. Many tourist-friendly shops with souvenirs are available in the area as are many places to sample local seafood dishes like lobster bisque and even full lobster dinners.
78% 144 votes
Alisal Road, Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
Take a short hike through Nojoqui Falls County Park, and see the waterfalls among the forest trees. This beautiful setting is a favorite destination for families who take advantage of the picnic and playground areas and open spaces.
100% 12 votes
Las Canoas, Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
For hiking, climbing, and water views, one can visit Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. There is also an off-roading area.
89% 37 votes
323 E Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 MoreLess Info
Sandwiched between towering palm trees and the blue Pacific Ocean, Chase Palm Park, is a hidden gem for family recreation. Featuring a shipwreck-themed playground, picnic areas and stunning views, plan your visit today.
80% 5 votes
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
You can take a stroll through the beautiful Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. There are some cheap and tasty dining options on campus, as well.
85% 20 votes
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.
56% 147 votes
HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 MoreLess Info
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the beauty of Lake Cachuma and its surrounding area. Along with watching birds and other wildlife, this is a great location for fishing, kayaking and camping.
- 1 votes
Santa Barbara, CA MoreLess Info
Fern Falls is a waterfall located in Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara, California. The waterfall is about 20' feet high and is has several hiking trails leading to it.