With its beautiful beaches and cool, Mediterranean climate, there are many Santa Barbara attractions for kids, which can make a trip to the "American Riviera" a vacation to remember. While this coastal California town is popular for its surfing and elaborate Spanish architecture, there are also many activities designed to entertain even your youngest family members. Simply making your plans for a family trip to Santa Barbara will aid you in deciding the most interesting and kid-friendly sights to see.
One of the most popular and budget-friendly things to do in Santa Barbara with kids is to bring them to one of the many gorgeous, southern-facing beaches this city has to offer. El Capitan Beach and State Park, for example, is a relaxing area that offers amenities such as picnic tables, showers, and a general store. You may even have the possibility of seeing a dolphin or two on the horizon!
If you're looking for a more active Santa Barbara tourist attraction, Goleta Beach offers areas to play volleyball, as well as a fishing pier and extensive walking trail. Favorite beach of the local's is Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Fondly named Hendry's Beach, this beach is popular for fishing, relaxing, bird watching and surfing. This dog friendly beach has scenic picnic areas as well. When you're ready to dry off, stay at the Bacara Resort and Spa. They have three heated pools, specialty shops and each room has a warm soft robe and slippers waiting for you.
There are many Santa Barbara attractions for kids, which will keep your whole family entertained away from the hot sand. The Santa Barbara Zoo, located within walking distance of the city's famous East Beach, houses over 600 animals, from California condors to Asian elephants. One of the best attractions in Santa Barbara for your resident animal lovers, this zoo even has three animatronic dinosaurs that participate in a lively outdoor show! Kid-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara such as the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore, are kid and pet friendly. If you're really lucky you might even see a movie star, as this is one of their favorite places to stay.
For more multi-faceted accommodation options, look for all-inclusive family resorts. These massive accommodations, such as the one outside the University of California Santa Barbara campus, offer the whole family a range of activities, meals, and, of course, lodging, all for one price. The UCSB Family Vacation Center is an ideal Santa Barbara attraction for kids of any age, as three different programs offer separate activities for children under two years old, from ages 3-11, or from ages 12 to 18. This price also includes entry to the Recreation Center, which houses pools, racquetball courts, weight rooms and a myriad of other fun activities.
Stay on the lookout for hotel deals, which provide easy access to many of the other top attractions in Santa Barbara. There are countless kid-friendly attractions in the southern California area, so book your trip today that your family will remember for years to come!