Family vacations are a great way for children to experience new places and explore the world. And, you’re in luck, because Santa Barbara is filled with kid-friendly attractions and is a great family vacation spot.
Of course, the perfect day starts with kids playing at the sandy beach, and these recommendations are designed for youngsters and their parent that are seeking more hands-on exploration.
Below are a few fantastic kiddo options to choose from.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Your kids will see all types of animals up close at this zoo. It’s the perfect daytime spot to view South African animals from giraffes and leopards to a lion and monkeys. Don’t forget all of the reptiles, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, birds and tons of mammals at the zoo! Be sure to get a ticket for a giraffe feeding and train ride that boast ocean views and a good time for all.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Located on the picturesque wharf, those interested in seaside education will love this place. It’s both interactive and engaging. You can learn about sharks, sea stars, rays, urchins and sea anemones and more marine animals — and even touch some of them.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located at 211 Stearns Wharf.
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
MOXI is the ultimate kid and adult attraction. It has three floors of interactive exhibits and a gorgeous rooftop with a view of Santa Barbara. The popular museum is just steps from the beach, the Funk Zone and the train. Everyone loves a visit to MOXI and there’s something for everyone.
MOXI is located at 125 State Street.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
You can spend hours learning about all of the wonders of Santa Barbara nature. This museum offers several educational exhibits and a planetarium in historic Mission Canyon. Wander for hours and explore informative exhibit halls about birds, insects, mammals, marine life, fossils and more. This place is a hit with kids of all ages!
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located at 2559 Puesta Del Sol.
Santa Barbara Public Library
This library is awesome because it holds tons of free kid events, from baby to grade-school age. If you need a getaway for the family, the library has a plethora of play activities for all ages. Check the Santa Barbara Public Library for more information!
The central library is located at 40 East Anapamu Street.
Written by Brooke Holland.