Narrated Boat Rides

Quick Details

Harbor Departures:

On the hour & half hour

Stearns Wharf Departures:

On the quarter and three quarter hour

Join us for a narrated ride about the history of Santa Barbara!

Captain Fred and his crew dish out local history and lore of Santa Barbara waterfront and harbor, telling how the harbor has shaped the City’s history throughout the decades. A perfect break from crowds with your family and friends, this is your chance to see Santa Barbara’s shoreline and harbor’s animals, sea life and birds. Watch for curious harbor seals and squadrons of big pelicans.

Satisfy your curiosity about the boats and luxury yachts as Captain Fred points out celebrity yachts, interesting vessels, and shares little-known history about boats you pass on the tour.

With seating up to 19 passengers, our Santa Barbara narrated water taxi rides and harbor tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis with tickets available at either stop. Tour the Santa Barbara Waterfront with us today!

Interested in reserving a sunset cruise or private cruise, or hosting a private event aboard Lil’ Toot? Contact us or call (805) 465-6676 for more information.

FAQ

  • 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 $5.00 for adults and $1.00 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.