Must-Visit Attractions in Santa Barbara

hotel near Santa Barbara Zoo, hotel near Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

You’ve decided to visit Santa Barbara, you’ve bought your plane ticket, now what? Scope out the local attractions! In Santa Barbara, there are many great attractions. And today we’ve handpicked two that are absolutely must-visits. Read below for more details about the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and nearby hotels.


Santa Barbara Zoo  

Home to more than 200 different species, the Santa Barbara Zoo is one of Santa Barbara’s largest attractions, spanning across a remarkable 30 acres of botanic gardens. It offers a variety of unique exhibits and also hosts special events throughout the year, like the Zoofari Ball. The ball is on August 25 this year and is the zoo’s largest fundraiser. It includes dinner and dancing for $350 per person. Tickets can be purchased online. While the zoo loves to host fun events like the Zoofari Ball, its primary mission is to educate. Through school trips and hands-on programs, the Santa Barbara Zoo educates both children and adults about wildlife. In addition to educating, the zoo also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in an effort to maintain diversity among animals in human care and protect against extinction in the wild.


Hotel Near Santa Barbara Zoo

If you decide to visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, book your stay at the Inn at East Beach. This beautiful boutique property is located right near the zoo and offers an outdoor pool, stylish furniture and on-site bike rentals. At Inn at East Beach, you will stay well- and well within your budget!


Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History    

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is another must-visit attraction in the area. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum is home to many exhibitions. Right now through September, visitors can take a look at exhibits featuring rare antique prints and some of the best National Geographic photographs. Ongoing exhibits (you can see them at any time) include Bird Hall and Mammal Hall. The museum also includes the Sea Center, located on Stearns Wharf. At the Sea Center, guests can interact with marine animals in the touch tank, watch captivating jellyfish and more.


Hotel Near Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History    

Thinking about visiting the Museum of Natural History? Consider booking your stay at the Spanish Garden Inn. This luxurious hotel is located right near the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and puts guests’ comfort first. In-room spa treatments, a glistening outdoor pool and fresh foliage characterize this beautiful property.


With so much to do and see in Santa Barbara, how do you choose? We say start with the zoo or the museum, and go from there! Both are must-visit attractions in our opinion, and we know you won’t be disappointed! But, no matter what you visit, make sure to book a stay at a nearby hotel like the Inn at East Beach or the Spanish Garden Inn.



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

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