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Kids Entertainment Tour in Santa Barbara (Self Guided), Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a beautiful Californian City, with plenty of family-friendly attractions. In the American Riviera you’ll find plenty of museums, exhibitions, playgrounds and educational places where you and your children have the opportunity to spend some quality time together. In this walking tour you’ll find attractions for children of all ages, with interesting developing programs, and interesting places for all ages that exemplify the nature and history of Santa Barbara.
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Kids Entertainment Tour in Santa Barbara Map

Guide Name: Kids Entertainment Tour in Santa Barbara
Guide Location: USA » Santa Barbara (See other walking tours in Santa Barbara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: HollyZ
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Ty Warner Sea Center
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • Kids World
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

1) Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (must see)

The Maritime Museum is located in Santa Barbara's harbor and contains interesting educational exhibitions laid out on nearly 8,000 square feet of museum space. It is a vital part of the community, providing both temporary and permanent exhibits. Exhibits include Survival at Sea, a sport fishing exhibit and some other entertainment for children.

There is a large variety of educational tours both for children and adults in order to familiarize the public with the maritime environment. Adult education covers topics such as celestial navigation, cruising skills for the Channel Islands, coastal navigation, and how to buy the best boat.
Ty Warner Sea Center

2) Ty Warner Sea Center (must see)

In the ‘’Living Beach’’ exhibit, visitors find an actual tide pool with waves rushing through it every 60 seconds. In the ‘’BioLab’’, visitors explore the life cycle of marine creatures, from eggs to larvae to juveniles and adults, as well as eggs and babies of sharks. The ‘’Wet Deck’’ opens to visitors the world of oceanography. A ‘’Moon Pool’’ (an open well in the floor allowing access to the water below) brings up samples of seawater, ocean floor sediment, and plankton. The ‘’Channel Theater’’ shows a video introducing the environs of the Santa Barbara Channel and the importance of this body of water for human communities. In the ‘’Submerged Science Lab’’, visitors further examine samples of seawater they have brought up from the ‘’Wet Deck’’ below and check it for its “vital signs.”
Sight description based on wikipedia
Moreton Bay Fig Tree

3) Moreton Bay Fig Tree (must see)

Santa Barbara's Moreton Bay Fig Tree is believed to be the largest Ficus macrophylla in the country.

A seaman, visiting Santa Barbara in 1876, presented a seedling of an Australian Moreton Bay Fig tree to a local girl who planted it at 201 State Street. After the girl moved away a year later, her girlfriend, Adeline Crabb, transplanted the tree to the corner of Montecito and Chapala streets on land then owned by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company. The tree was officially designated as a historic landmark in 1970, and the property was deeded to the City of Santa Barbara in 1976. The tree has since been placed on the California Register of Big Trees.

In July 1997 the circumference of the tree at 4-1/2 feet above ground was 498 inches (41-1/2 feet). The average crown spread was 176 feet and the total height was 80 feet. Measured in 2010, the widest spread of the branches is 198 feet (60 m). The trunk diameter above the buttress roots is 12.5 feet.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

4) Santa Barbara County Courthouse (must see)

Spanish Colonial Revival style building was designed by William Mooser III and completed in 1929. Architect Charles Willard Moore called it the "grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structure ever built," and the prime example of Santa Barbara's adoption of Spanish Colonial as its civic style. The building replaced a smaller Greek Revival courthouse built at the same location in 1872–88 and badly damaged in an earthquake on June 29, 1925.

The courthouse is composed of four buildings, totaling 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2). It includes a Jail Wing, which is no longer used to hold prisoners. Visitors may take elevators to the summit of the 85 ft (26 m) "El Mirador" clock tower, which has labeled photographs that show what the viewer is looking at in all directions.

Occupying an entire city block, the grounds contain a collection of palms and specimen trees from more than 25 countries. The courthouse hosts many events, particularly at the Sunken Garden, site of the 1872 courthouse.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kids World

5) Kids World

Kids World is a unique playground inspired by children's fantasies and wishes. There's a huge whale to sit on, cubbies to hide in, high wooden bridges to run across and towers on which to relax. From the top of the castle there is a splendid view of the surrounding oasis. Sit on the castle or on one of the bridges and you will be able to see everything and not lose your kids!

Walking Tours in Santa Barbara, California

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Barbara

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Barbara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santa Barbara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Walk in Santa Barbara

Museums Walk in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a variety of interesting museums, most of them situated in the downtown area of the city and in the harbor, the most important of which is Santa Barbara's Old Mission and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Discover the astonishing Spanish heritage of America and the beauty and richness of local nature through this Museums self-guided walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 Km or 4.4 Miles
Santa Barbara Nightlife Walk

Santa Barbara Nightlife Walk

Santa Barbara is a wonderful city in California that has been always attracting many tourists with its beautiful architecture, shopping opportunities and numerous sparkling nightspots. Cozy bars, cocktail lounges and explosive clubs offer everything you need to experience an unforgettable night out in Santa Barbara. Take this walking tour to check out the hottest clubs and bars of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Santa Barbara Art Galleries

Santa Barbara Art Galleries

Santa Barbara is a poplar tourist destination in California. This lively city has a number of art galleries hosting exciting art collections. Most of the galleries highlight the visual creativity of local artists. The following walking tour will help you discover the most visited art galleries in Santa Barbara.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Shopping Tour in Santa Barbara

Shopping Tour in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has plenty of world class retail shops and diverse local crafts shops for pleasing the most meticulous consumers. Wonderful outdoor paseos, shadowed plazas and long-brick sidewalks make shopping in Santa Barbara the most enjoyable way to spend your free time. Take this tour to discover the best venues for shopping in Santa Barbara.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Santa Barbara Downtown Walk

Santa Barbara Downtown Walk

Santa Barbara is a beautiful city in California. Popular as a tourist resort, the city has everything you need to enjoy a fabulous holiday – sunny beach, interesting museums, art galleries, numerous lovely shops and an impressive historic architecture. This walking tour will guide you to Santa Barbara’s most popular tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Santa Barbara Introduction Walk

Santa Barbara Introduction Walk

Nowadays widely regarded as a posh location favored by the rich and famous, Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal town and a popular weekend spot in Southern California. Other than its beaches and warm climate, the city is also famous for its red-tile roofed stucco architecture, reflecting Spanish colonial heritage, and a plethora of cultural attractions. Follow this orientation walk and discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles