5 Things to Do Outdoors in Santa Barbara


As a coastal city surrounded by both water and mountain views, Santa Barbara is filled with opportunities for outdoor fun. From kayaking under caves to horseback riding alongside mountains, the activities are endless. Here are five things you should do outdoors while in Santa Barbara.


Sea Cave & Harbor Kayaking  

Kayaking around Santa Barbara is one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to take in the beautiful views that this area is known for. Choose the Self Care in Santa Barbara package at Spanish Garden Inn and enjoy a 1-hour kayak rental, in addition to several other health and wellness perks. Or, opt for one of the several Channel Islands kayaking adventures, including local sea cave explorations and harbor tours. Many of the local kayaking options are only available until November, so make sure to plan accordingly!


Horseback Riding 

Food for thought: Experience Santa Barbara’s unique and vast terrain on horseback. With Spanish Garden Inn’s Sunset Horseback Ride package, guests have the opportunity to ride the trails of the Santa Ynez Mountains while soaking in some of the best views of the valley. This package also includes accommodations at Spanish Garden Inn and drop off and pick up from the ranch.


Seaside Bike Tours

With beautiful weather and seemingly endless trails, bicycling and bike tours are pretty popular in the Santa Barbara area. Enjoy a complimentary bike rental when you choose the Self Care package at Spanish Garden Inn, then explore one of the several local trails. For an easy ride, begin at Stearns Wharf, then head 3 miles to Old Mission Santa Barbara. The path is completely paved and great for anyone looking for a relaxing ride. For a longer and more challenging route, travel the Obern Trail 10.5 miles to Goleta Beach Park.


Wine Country Tours by Bike   

Let’s face it – you can’t visit wine country without stopping at at least one local winery, right? And if you enjoy both biking and wine sipping, Santa Barbara’s wine country bike tours are perfect for you! Choose from several tour distances and difficulties, all including stops at some of the best wineries in Santa Barbara. Regular and electric bikes are available for touring.  


Surfing Lessons  

If you want to truly enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer, take a surf lesson! The Santa Barbara Surf School offers lessons for individuals, pairs or groups – all led by an experienced instructor. Lessons include surf boards, wetsuits, leashes and (of course), the instructor, so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything with you!


Book Spanish Garden Inn Outdoor Packages

The Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara offers several unbeatable outdoor packages that blend fun local activities with relaxing hotel amenities. For a stress relieving salt cave session, bike rental, kayak rental and dinner at Villa Wine Bar, choose the Self Care in Santa Barbara package. Or, for a beautiful and relaxing horseback riding session, opt for the Sunset Horseback Ride package.


Experience the natural beauty of Santa Barbara with an outdoor activity or two! And don’t forget to take advantage of the uniquely curated outdoor packages available at the nearby Spanish Garden Inn.




Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700

Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546