Lil' Toot Water Taxi

Experience Santa Barbara’s beautiful waterfront onboard the happiest boat in the harbor!

Lil’ Toot, Santa Barbara’s original waterfront taxi, provides 15-minute narrated boat rides and sunset boat rides between the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf every half hour.

With seating up to 19 passengers, our Santa Barbara water taxi rides and harbor tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance tickets can be purchased online, same day tickets are purchased on site.

Experience the two exciting sides of the Santa Barbara Waterfront: From Santa Barbara to Stearns Wharf, we take you for souvenir shopping, the Sea Center, delicious dining at the Shellfish Company, Longboard’s and Moby Dick Restaurant, whale watching, and fishing. There’s always something happening at Stearns Wharf! From the Wharf to the Santa Barbara Harbor, we take you to the must-see destination featuring the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Check out the world-class restaurants offering the freshest seafood available – like Brophy Brothers, Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, and Endless Summer Bar. You can also enjoy the incredible scenery by strolling out on the breakwater and taking in a magnificent sunset.

Lil’ Toot offers a first rate experience and tour of the Santa Barbara waterfront. Our captain and crew will fill the cruise with interesting facts and tidbits about local harbor history, celebrity-owned yachts, wildlife and more! Have kids? They can even help drive the boat – and toot Lil’ Toot’s namesake whistle!

With a smile on its bow and bubbles rising from its smokestack, the Lil’ Toot is a Santa Barbara tradition that has delighted over 250,000 guests since 2003.

Lil’ Toot also offers private parties, corporate events, and kids’ birthday parties. You could even get married on the Lil’ Toot by an ordained captain! More information below!

Lil’ Toot, Santa Barbara’s original waterfront taxi, provides 15-minute narrated boat rides and sunset boat rides between the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf every half hour.

With seating up to 19 passengers, our Santa Barbara water taxi rides and harbor tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Experience the two exciting sides of the Santa Barbara Waterfront: From Santa Barbara to Stearns Wharf, we take you for souvenir shopping, the Sea Center, delicious dining at the Shellfish Company, Longboard’s and Moby Dick Restaurant, whale watching, and fishing. There’s always something happening at Stearns Wharf! From the Wharf to the Santa Barbara Harbor, we take you to the must-see destination featuring the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Check out the world-class restaurants offering the freshest seafood available – like Brophy Brothers, Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, and Endless Summer Bar. You can also enjoy the incredible scenery by strolling out on the breakwater and taking in a magnificent sunset.

Lil’ Toot offers a first rate experience and tour of the Santa Barbara waterfront. Our captain and crew will fill the cruise with interesting facts and tidbits about local harbor history, celebrity-owned yachts, wildlife and more! Have kids? They can even help drive the boat – and toot Lil’ Toot’s namesake whistle!

With a smile on its bow and bubbles rising from its smokestack, the Lil’ Toot is a Santa Barbara tradition that has delighted over 250,000 guests since 2003.

Lil’ Toot also offers private parties, corporate events, and kids’ birthday parties. You could even get married on the Lil’ Toot by an ordained captain! More information below!

Birthday Parties

Lil’ Toot Water Taxi is a hands-down favorite for birthday parties – for young, old, and every year in between! Kids get decked out with Lil’ Toot Water Taxi sailor hats in the perfect setting for their imaginations. Better than any busy restaurant, our boat is just the right size to carry on conversations and mingle with friends.

Proposals, Weddings, Anniversaries

We’re honored to be chosen as a special location for marriage proposals! Let us host a private party for your engagement, wedding ceremony or reception – then make it a tradition to come back for a sunset cruise to toast your anniversary for years to come. Captain Fred is ordained to perform your wedding ceremony and couples will receive a certificate of marriage with latitude and longitude on the sea. We’ll even take care of filing the registered letter confirming your vows.

Business Events

Book Santa Barbara Water Taxi for a private business meeting or event that your colleagues or clients will never forget. You’ll make an impression with this unique, best-kept secret of Santa Barbara.

Memorial Services

Santa Barbara Water Taxi is also licensed for memorial services and scattering ashes. We’re honored to help you remember someone special on a private charter or cruise.
The Santa Barbara waterfront is a beautiful and extraordinary setting for scattering ashes, holding a memorial service, or saying words in remembrance of someone who has passed. Imagine sailing into the sunset and raising a glass in memorial tribute. We can help you pay tribute with honor, class, and in the privacy of our humble vessel, Lil’ Toot Water Taxi. We welcome people who wish to return year after year on a important anniversary of passing.

Please contact us for more information regarding our memorial services.

With seating up to 19 passengers, our Santa Barbara Harbor tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lil' Toot Directions

Our Santa Barbara harbor stop is located at the dock in front of 113 Harbor Way in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Our Stearns Wharf stop and sales kiosk Visit is located at 237 Stearns Wharf.
Look for our yellow boat with the smile on its bow and bubbles coming from the smokestack!

Directions coming from the south:

  • Take Highway 101 North into Santa Barbara.
  • Exit Garden Street/Laguna Street and veer to the Garden Street offramp.
  • Left on Garden Street, under the freeway.
  • Right on Cabrillo Blvd when you reach the waterfront and proceed to Stearns Wharf on your left.

To Stearns Wharf: You can visit our kiosk at 237 Stearns Wharf by turning left onto the Wharf.

To Harbor: Continue and turn left at Harbor Way intersection entering the Harbor. Paid parking is available in the City lot to your right, or in the Harbor lot to your left.

Directions coming from the north:

  • Take Highway 101 South into Santa Barbara.
  • Exit Castillo Street, go right on Castillo.

To Stearns Wharf: Left on Castillo and turn right at the Wharf. Our address is 237 Stearns Wharf.

To Harbor: Right on Shoreline Drive (aka Cabrillo Blvd). Left at Harbor Way intersection, entering the Harbor.

Once you turn onto Harbor Way, paid parking is available in the City lot to your immediate right, or in the Harbor lot to your immediate left. More Santa Barbara Waterfront parking information is here.