Santa Barbara For Kids

There are plenty of things for kids to do in Santa Barbara. Some of the things that children will most likely enjoy are:

Ty Warner Sea Center

Adults: $8
Seniors and Teens: $7
Children 2- 12: $5
Children <2 and Museum members: FREE

Located at Stearn Wharf, Sea Center will delight kids of any age with its live display and touch tanks (including a shark touch tank!). It also contains life-sized Grey Whale skeleton and aquariums filled with sea creatures and that can be found in the ocean around Santa Barbara.

Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm.

Santa Barbara Zoo

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$10-12, according to age; children under 2 free; $5 to park
More than 700 exotic and domestic animals reside here. Visitors enjoy feeding sheep in the Barnyard; giraffe feeding may be available, depending on the animals’ behavior and feeding schedules. Children thrill to ride hand-carved animals on the Carousel and romp about an animal-themed play area. A “must” activity is a ride around the perimeter on one of the C.P. Huntington Zoo Trains (additional fee). The complex encompasses the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens.

A new addition to Santa Barbara Zoo is a 7 foot tall TRex named Duncan and an interactive exhibition called “How to Train Your Dinasour”.

Open daily from 10 am – 5pm.

Alameda Park

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Alameda Park

Alameda Park, located on 1400 Santa Barbara Street is home to Kids’ World; an 8000 sq ft of playground consisting of slides, tons of things to climb or balance on, sculptures, and a castle. There are plenty of picnic tables, grassy fields, rare trees, and parking on the streets.

It’s close to downtown and Alice Keck Park with picnic tables and restrooms available. Come early to find parking and picnic tables.

Directions to Alameda Park

Chase Palm Park & Carousel

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323 E. Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara

This 10-acre park decorated with a giant slide, a carousel, and a Shipwreck Playground is popular with kids. Located on Cabrillo Boulevard, it’s right by the beach and is across the street from a skate park. Within walking distance from Stearn’s Wharf and other attractions on Santa Barbara main stretch of beach, Chase Palm Park is truly a family friendly destination.

Parking is free on Cabrillo Boulevard and many side streets
Open daily 8 am – 10 pm

Santa Barbara Mission

Great for adults and children alike, Santa Barbara Mission is a city’s landmark no visitors should miss. It has a rose garden in the front, a small museum containing artifacts from the local Chumash Indian tribe and the interior of the church itself is worth a peek.

More information on Santa Barbara Mission.

Santa Barbara’s Other Public Parks

Santa Barbara is blessed with an abundance of well maintained parks. They’re perfect to bring the kids over to fly kites or play tag.

Most parks come with great view of the ocean and are equipped of picnic tables, public restrooms, or meandering trails. Some of the best parks are listed in this article: Santa Barbara Best Public Parks.

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