FAQs

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Lil' Toot FAQs

  • Chevron down WHERE DO I GO TO BOARD THE LIL’ TOOT?
  • If you are boarding from the Santa Barbara Harbor, we dock in front of the Maritime Museum, which is located next to Brophy Bros. If you are joining us from Stearns Wharf, we dock across the pier from the Moby Dick Restaurant. Please see our Santa Barbara Waterfront Map for more information.

  • Chevron down HOW LONG IS THE BOAT RIDE?
  • Our harbor tour is approximately 15 minutes and takes you to many of Santa Barbara’s most popular restaurants and destinations.

  • Chevron down WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
  • Santa Barbara can be warm during day and cool in evening, so it’s a good idea to wear layers or bring a light jacket. We also welcome onboard surfboards, strollers, and bikes.

  • Chevron down WHEN DOES THE LIL’ TOOT DEPART?
  • We offer boat trips that depart every half hour from Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf. See Calendar for daily departures. Stearns Wharf departures start 15 minutes after opening and continue every 30 minutes. Santa Barbara Harbor departures start at opening times and continue every 30 minutes.

  • Chevron down HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RIDE THE LIL’ TOOT?
  • One-way fare aboard our Santa Barbara water taxi is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Return trip tickets may be purchased at the kiosks on each side of the harbor. A Lil’ Toot Private Charter is $250 per hour.

    Kid’s Birthday Parties are just $99 for a 45-minute cruise in the Santa Barbara harbor. Every child gets a chance to drive the boat and the birthday child gets an official Lil’ Toot Sailor Hat.

  • Chevron down DO I NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS?
  • Our boat rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We do accept reservations for private charters and special events.

  • Chevron down WHERE DO I PARK?
  • If you are at Stearns Wharf, there is paid parking on the pier (90 minutes free with validation). If you are at the Santa Barbara Harbor, both 90-minute free parking and paid parking are available.