Recent Searches
Clear
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials

Learn more about our Covid-19 response.

Read More

How to Spend 3 Days in Santa Barbara

How to Spend 3 Days in Santa Barbara

With three days in Santa Barbara, you’ll get a chance to explore the area’s natural wonders, immerse yourself in the local art scene, hike rugged coastal trails, and watch the sunset from the beach—and still have time to venture into the surrounding wine country. Use this itinerary to help you make the most of your 3-day adventure.

Day One: City Highlights

Devote your first day to hitting the highlights of Santa Barbara, starting with the city’s most iconic attraction: the Old Mission. Dating to 1786, this Franciscan mission features Spanish colonial architecture, a year-round rose garden, and an on-site museum featuring nine rooms filled with art, artifacts, and period recreations. 

From here, head downtown to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which holds a collection of Victorian-era art along with sculptures, photographs, and other objects. The museum’s star attraction is thePortrait of Mexico Today, a mural created by Mexico’s famous David Alfaro Siquieros. To continue your exploration of art, check out some of the numerous galleries in the city’s Funk Zone neighborhood, which is equally known for its many local breweries and wine bars that showcase local treats. Finish off your day with dinner at Stearns Wharf, a pier chock-full of seafood restaurants with views over the harbor.

Day Two: The Natural World

Spend your day exploring Santa Barbara’s natural world. Start by learning about local ecosystems at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, which chronicles the animals, birds, insects, and aquatic life in the area—there’s even a to-scale replica of a blue whale skeleton. 

Then, hop over to the Santa Barbara botanic garden to take in Southern California’s rich plant life. The garden includes more than five miles of trails offering up gorgeous coastal views. After your visit, grab a few picnic supplies and make your way to the beach: Area options include the 15-acre Shoreline Park, full of grassy areas and viewpoints, as well as Leadbetter Beach, a popular sunbathing and surfing spot loved by locals that makes a great place to watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean.

Day Three: Santa Ynez Wine Country

Finish off a 3-day trip by visiting the Santa Barbara’s celebrated local wine country. While there are plenty of wine-rich areas in the greater region to visit, each with its own appellation, the Santa Ynez Valley typically beckons most first-timers.

The town of Santa Ynez itself offers plenty of tasting rooms, as does Los Olivios to the north. Bicycle tours appeal to active travelers, but anyone planning on doing a lot of drinking is better off joining a tour with a hired driver. While in the area, stop in Solvang, just west of Santa Ynez. This town, founded by Danish-Americans looking to escape the cold of the Midwest, is full of half-timbered architecture that seems far more Californian than Scandinavian, plus all sorts of Danish shops, restaurants, and bakeries.

Read More
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow
Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details

38 Tours and Activities | All Santa Barbara Tours

Sort by:Featured
Small-Group Santa Barbara Wine Tour (MAX SIX GUESTS) to Private Locations

Small-Group Santa Barbara Wine Tour (MAX SIX GUESTS) to Private Locations

star-5
57
Tour Santa Barbara wine country with a private guide on this full day outing. Perfect for couples and small groups who appreciate exclusivity, this tour visits intimate, family-owned vineyards not typically open to the general public. Get the VIP treatment with tours of the cellars and vineyards, often with the owners themselves. You’ll never stand at a crowded tasting bar on this tour—it’s red carpet treatment all the way.
More
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$163.47
From
$163.47

Private Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Private Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

star-5
96
Explore Santa Barbara by electric bike, covering plenty of ground on a morning or afternoon excursion. Ride your easy-to-use beach cruiser to key landmarks such as State Street and the Santa Barbara Mission as your knowledgeable guide shares the city’s history during this Santa Barbara bike tour. Have your camera ready as you glide along the renowned Pacific coastline. Numbers are limited to five people, ensuring personalized attention and a small-group experience.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$95.00
From
$95.00
Taking safety measures

Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

star-5
295
Walk right past the crowds on this food tour in Downtown Santa Barbara. Your guide leads the way as you pop into five to six tasting locations and one wine tasting room. Savor dishes and drinks locals have made a staple in their everyday lives, and learn about other places to eat and drink during your stay. If you have any food allergies or aversions or do not drink alcohol, please let us know in advance so we can do our best to accommodate.
More
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
From
$99.00
Taking safety measures

Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour

Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour

star-5
7
Cupcakes and wine—a winning combination. On this full-day tour, visit three Santa Ynez Valley wineries where you’ll enjoy tastings and education about wine production. You can also choose to break up the wine stops with an olive oil tasting, a visit to a lavender farm, or a shopping pit stop at Los Olivos General Store.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$159.00
Price varies by group size
From
$159.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Santa Ynez Valley Wine by Bike Tour

Santa Ynez Valley Wine by Bike Tour

This guided cycling tour is a great way to explore the Santa Ynez Valley, while also getting some fresh air and leisurely exercise. Travel from Santa Barbara by luxury van, then set off by bike after your first wine tasting. Pass by local farms and ranches, take part in two more wine tastings, and pause for a picnic lunch.
More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$162.38
Price varies by group size
From
$162.38
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Santa Ynez Valley Biking and Wine Tasting Tour

Santa Ynez Valley Biking and Wine Tasting Tour

star-5
26
Avoid the stuffy minivans and tour buses that go from winery to winery; instead, enjoy the wind in your hair as you cycle around the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley on this charming cycling tour. Head out from Los Olivos and explore the parks, villages and rural landscapes of the Valley. Enjoy a pair of wine tastings and sample locally-grown, locally-produced food at local farms and vineyards.
More
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$151.29
From
$151.29
Taking safety measures

Electric Bike Adventure in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Electric Bike Adventure in Santa Barbara Wine Country

star-5
12
Explore the Santa Barbara wine region by electric bike on a self-guided tour from Los Olivos. Your package includes a Pedego Electric Bike with carrying satchel, wine trail map, and cold bottled water. With an electric bike, you can cover more ground without tiring, and switch on the motor when you need it. Staff are able to make recommendations and reservations to customize your itinerary to your interests.
More
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$83.00
From
$83.00
Taking safety measures

Private Winemaker's Wine Tour of Santa Barbara

Private Winemaker's Wine Tour of Santa Barbara

star-5
2
Explore the Santa Barbara region's celebrated wineries on a full-day tour designed for couples and small groups. After a convenient pickup at your preferred location, spend the day being chauffeured between boutique wineries and tasting rooms, learning about the area's viticulture from an informative guide, and savoring private tastings. Enjoy a midday picnic on the grounds of a vineyard estate in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.  
More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$385.00
Price varies by group size
From
$385.00
Price varies by group size

Santa Barbara Small-Group Wine Tour to Private Locations

Santa Barbara Small-Group Wine Tour to Private Locations

star-5
27
Many wine tasting tours in the Santa Barbara region stop at large commercial wineries with crowded bars and cellar door tasting rooms. Avoid the crowds and savor a more intimate wine tasting experience on this tour around exclusive private estates and small-production wineries that aren’t open to the public. Sample premium wines in private tasting rooms and go behind the scenes with winemakers and owner-operators to discover the secrets behind their wines.
More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$179.81
From
$179.81

Private Group Wine Tour of Santa Barbara Wine Country

Private Group Wine Tour of Santa Barbara Wine Country

star-5
8
Explore Santa Barbara's wine country on a private tour for just you and your group of friends or family. You'll visit four wineries for wine tastings of different varietals, plus enjoy a provided lunch. Up to 14 people can be accommodated with pickup and drop-off in Santa Barbara or surrounding towns.
More
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$285.00
Price varies by group size
From
$285.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike

Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike

star-5
53
Ride through the towns and vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley wine region on this bike tour with transport from Santa Barbara. With a guide, you'll pedal a specialized hybrid bike to a winery and other spots for wine tastings, an olive-oil tasting, and an Italian-inspired picnic lunch. A bike tour allows you to enjoy better views of the scenery than from inside a car, and three distance options are available to suit your ability and preference.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$161.54
From
$161.54
Taking safety measures

All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour from Santa Barbara

All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour from Santa Barbara

star-5
14
Enjoy a picnic and some of Santa Barbara’s best local wines. Tour four vineyards, and sample a variety of wines at each one. See the wine-making process for yourself with a behind-the-scenes explanation from a winemaker. The best vineyards are selected depending on the time of year you visit, so you see a range of wineries with different atmospheres and strengths.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$166.63
From
$166.63
Taking safety measures

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour

star-4.5
6
Santa Ynez Valley is known for producing excellent California central coast wines, and this tour offers a laid-back escape with tastings at three local wineries. Enjoy peace of mind with safe transportation to and from, learn about the region's history, and stop in the quaint town of Los Olivos to shop for handmade goods.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$139.00
Price varies by group size
From
$139.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Wine Country Half-Day Bike Tour from Solvang

Wine Country Half-Day Bike Tour from Solvang

star-5
5
Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of California’s most diverse wine-growing regions, renowned for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the vineyards, orchards, and olive groves on this half-day bike tour. Along the way, stop to sample a variety of red and white wines, as well as local olive oils and chocolates, and learn more about the region’s wine-making heritage.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$155.00
From
$155.00

Private Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Tour

Private Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Tour

star-4
1
The ultimate way to explore wine country, this tour includes a private guide, door-to-door transportation, lunch, and tasting at three Central Coast wineries. Your guide will discuss local history and insights into Santa Ynez wine region along the way, and can help you select which wineries to visit based on your interests. You can also choose to break up the trip with stops at an olive grove, a lavender farm, or souvenir shopping.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$325.84
Price varies by group size
From
$325.84
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour from Santa Ynez Valley

All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour from Santa Ynez Valley

star-5
26
The Vineyard Picnic Tour is an all-inclusive wine tasting tour featuring three wineries in Santa Barbara Wine Country, in the Santa Ynez Valley. Join in with other like-minded wine enthusiasts for a relaxing day among the vineyards, sampling wines, seeing the wine making process, and savoring a picnic lunch at one of the wineries. A catered picnic lunch, served at a winery, is included.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$145.67
From
$145.67
Taking safety measures

Private Santa Ynez Valley All-Inclusive Wine Tour

Private Santa Ynez Valley All-Inclusive Wine Tour

star-5
1
Enjoy a day of wine tasting in California's Santa Ynez Valley on this 5- to 6-hour tour. You'll travel along country roads from Solvang to Santa Ynez to Los Olivos, admiring the vineyard scenery and stopping at some of the region's top wineries. Transportation is provided so you don't have to worry about driving, and a gourmet lunch and tasting fees at up to four wineries are included. As you go, receive insider info about the wine region. Tour is limited to 16 people.
More
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$288.79
Price varies by group size
From
$288.79
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Santa Barbara Small-Production Wine Tour

Private Santa Barbara Small-Production Wine Tour

star-5
13
There are plenty of Santa Barbara winery tours that revolve around popular commercial wineries, but this tour offers the chance to try something a bit more exclusive. Instead of standing at the bar of a crowded cellar door for your tasting, enjoy seated one-on-one tastings at a series of private small-production wineries. Customize your itinerary based on your own tastes and interests, and learn the secrets behind the wines on behind-the-scenes tours of those vineyards and barrel rooms.
More
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$381.42
Price varies by group size
From
$381.42
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Santa Barbara Winery and Estate Tour in Tesla SUV

Private Santa Barbara Winery and Estate Tour in Tesla SUV

star-5
21
No Commercial Crowded Wineries. No Standing Bar Tasting Rooms. Sustainable Wine Tours provides guests with exclusive access to Santa Barbara’s ultra small production, private estates, vineyards and wineries not open to the general public. FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE WINE EXPERIENCE BEYOND THE CROWDED COMMERCIAL WINERIES. Enjoy premium wines in seated one-on-one tastings and tour the vineyards and barrel rooms with the owners and winemakers themselves.  • APPOINTMENT-ONLY, PRIVATE LOCATIONS, PRIVATE SEATED TASTINGS • TASTE WITH WINEMAKERS AND OWNERS • NO COMMERCIAL WINERIES, NO TASTING ROOMS • NO BACHELORETTE/ BACHELOR PARTIES • LUXURY TESLA MODEL X SUV (for 2-4 guests)
More
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$381.42
Price varies by group size
From
$381.42
Price varies by group size

Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle

Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle

star-5
3
Discover the wineries of southern California’s Santa Ynez Valley with the convenience of a full-day wine shuttle service. Skip the hassle of driving yourself with this economically priced shuttle that also provides special access to winery specials such as wine tasting discounts and bites that pair well with wine. Choose from three winery stop options in both the morning and afternoon, and have free time in Los Olivos.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
From
$99.00
Taking safety measures

Santa Barbara Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Santa Barbara Scavenger Hunt Adventure

star-2
1
Make Santa Barbara your game board with a 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure for a team of 2–5 people. Use a smart phone to follow a series of locally-themed clues that lead to fun challenges with your friends and family. Trace a 2-mile route past historic monuments, seaside neighborhoods and hidden gems to get an insider's look at the city. Rack up points to compete against prior scavenger hunt teams, or simply enjoy the self-guided tour at your own pace, with plenty of stops to eat, drink and sightsee.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$20.52
Price varies by group size
From
$20.52
Price varies by group size

Event Transportation

Event Transportation

star-4
6
Spend a carefree day sipping your way through the Santa Ynez Valley on a private wine tour four you and up to 9 friends. After pickup from Solvang and surrounding areas, a dedicated guide chauffeurs you to the region’s top wineries on a customized itinerary designed just for your group. Spend as long as you like at each stop and taste the best Santa Ynez varietals, all without the need to appoint a designated driver.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$275.00
per group
From
$275.00
per group

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food Tasting Tour

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food Tasting Tour

star-5
1
Discover Santa Barbara's Funk Zone on a food walking tour that introduces you to the eateries and shops of this popular neighborhood, an industrial area near the beach that's home to several wineries, a brewery, art galleries, and restaurants. Following a guide, you'll hear about the history and development of the district as you stop at six venues for food tastings.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$129.00
From
$129.00

Sites and Bites of Santa Barbara Food Tour

Sites and Bites of Santa Barbara Food Tour

star-5
1
Our food walking tours offer a unique blend of culinary education and local history - think historical walking tour meets food tour. Guests will hear the stories behind the businesses we visit, as well as learn about the recipes and inspiration behind the dishes we taste. Our local guides will also talk about the history of the neighborhoods we visit, giving guests an insiders look into what makes Santa Barbara such a culturally and historically rich city.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$129.00
From
$129.00