One of the questions we are often asked after a food tour is “What else is there do to around here?” So, we put together a list of things to do that are within walking distance after you’ve eaten your way through the Funk Zone with us!
Explore Stearns Wharf
Stearns Wharf is arguably one of the most visited attractions in Santa Barbara. The Wharf was built in 1872 and is still thriving today as one of the last remaining piers that visitors can drive on. There are a lot of different things to discover on the Wharf today including restaurants, a hands-on children’s marine museum, souvenir shops, and a wine tasting room! Head to the end of the pier where you’ll find locals fishing, trying to wrangle in their dinner for the night. And if you’re game, fishing equipment can be rented so you too can try your luck at reeling in a fish of your own!
Play Games At Moxi
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is one of the newest interactive museums in Santa Barbara, and is proud to call the Funk Zone home. Located near the train station, this museum is great for young and old alike. This three-story building is full of interactive exhibits that encourage kids to play in order to grow their knowledge about different topics ranging from music to physics. This affordable hands-on museum is fun for the entire family!
Hit The Urban Wine Trail
While our food tour visits one wine bar in the Funk Zone there are plenty more chances to try a variety of wines that are grown and bottled in Santa Barbara County. On Yanonali Street alone there are seven different places to taste wine! The Urban Wine Trail stretches from the Funk Zone where most of the tasting rooms are located and goes up State Street and the outer reaches of the lower East side. With about 35 different wine tasting rooms to check out, this may be the most challenging trail you’ll ever attempt.
Walk Or Bike Along The Beach
One major perk of the Funk Zone is that it’s just steps away from the beach. From where the tour finishes, guests are only a two-block walk away from the waves crashing onto the sand. There is a great path that follows the length of the beach, taking pedestrians to Leadbetter Beach on the westside or East Beach, even to the Santa Barbara Zoo! Go for a long stroll or rent a bike from Wheel O Fun in the Funk Zone before biking along the 3 mile stretch.
Bonus: On Sundays there is a weekly art show, showcasing local artists and boutique items like paintings, jewelry, handmade pottery and more.
Cruise State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara
In what has been the historic heartbeat of Santa Barbara, State Street remains a hot spot for travelers. From the Funk Zone, go under the Highway 101 bridge to find your way toward downtown Santa Barbara. State Street has many shops, restaurants, and bars–too many to count! State Street has recently seen major changes and plenty of new eateries as well as artisan shops that have popped up in the last few months. Even if you’ve been to Santa Barbara recently, there is bound to be at least one or two new things to discover!