Santa Barbara Adventures!

People in Santa Barbara love to be outside, and with over 300 days of sunshine every year, the “American Riviera” is a huge draw for those looking for some outdoor adventure year-round.  Campers hike, surf, and explore the endless summer beauty of Santa Barbara at Summerland California.  From the Santa Barbara Mission to the historic downtown area rooted in Spanish colonial heritage, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

On any given day, you’ll find pick-up beach volleyball games, people sea kayaking from Stearns Wharf to the Harbor, surfers hanging-ten on the beach waves, boats setting sail to go whale watching, and stand-up paddleboarders sliding across the water.

Hike the Santa Ynez Mountains

The Santa Ynez Mountains offer endless opportunities to hike and bike your way to incredible views of the California coastline. Campers who reach the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains are rewarded with more stunning views to the east and northeast showing off Santa Barbara’s backcountry and the vast Los Padres National Forest.

Hike to Nojoqui Falls

80-foot Nojoqui Falls. Photo credit Ian Shadford.

Less adventurous campers will enjoy a short day trip to Nojoqui Falls Park.  Campers enjoy beautiful views of an 80-foot tall waterfall at the end of this short but very rewarding hike.

Channel Islands Marine Preserve

Channel Islands Marine Preserve is home to one of the unique national parks in the world.  The Preserve provides protection to its extraordinary natural and cultural resources so that nature can thrive, historic shipwrecks and artifacts remain respectfully in place, cultural connections remain strong, and careful public use and enjoyment can be sustained.

At the Preserve campers can hike, sea kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive to get one-of-a-kind encounters with local marine life. Campers can watch for migrating whales and playful dolphins on the short ferry ride out to the islands.

Whales spotted in the Channel Islands Marine Preserve.

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre botanical garden, containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants.

With sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California’s native plant diversity.

The Garden’s 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays, as well as stands of the natural coast, live oak, and riparian woodlands.  Campers hike the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission.