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Fun Activities for Fall in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a beautiful and comfortable climate year round. Although the majority of visitors come in the sunny summer months, stuff most locals know that Fall is one of the the best times of year to enjoy the Santa Barbara’s numerous outdoor activities.  Fall in Santa Barbara has more fog-free days, capsule warm breezes, pharm a slight shift in the cool air of night – and less crowded streets!

We’ve gathered our favorite activities – enjoy the Fall season in Santa Barbara, from gorgeous Santa Barbara coastal cruises to hikes and more!

Wine Tasting Santa BarbaraFunk Zone Wine Tasting:

Santa Barbara County boasts some spectacular wineries! A great way to celebrate the seasons shift is by enjoying the downtown Santa Barbara urban wine tasting area known by locals as the Funk Zone.  Home to over 15 tasting rooms, breweries and food filling stations with plenty of outdoor patios you can be sure to have a fun time in the sun!  You can learn more about the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail online.


Santa Barbara Hiking


Explore Santa Barbara’s beautiful mountains via the plethora of hiking trails around the area. Most hikes promise gorgeous peak views of the coast all the way out to the Channel Islands. As the days cool down slightly you won’t have to worry about overheating.  Take a look at the trails available on Santa Barbara Hikes website, read reviews by other hikers,  get an idea of how difficult the hikes are and where to find the trail heads.


Coastal Sunset Cruises:

Santa Barbara Water Taxi’s sister ship Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara is the most spectacular way to take in the breathtaking view of the Santa Barbara coast and mountains. Located at Stearns Wharf the 42-Passenger yacht runs daily cruises for the whole family – from coastal cruises to Santa Barbara sunset cruises. Check out the daily cruise schedule or book a special event online: 


California Lemon Festival:

For the past 20 years, the California Lemon Festival has been ringing in the fall season and  celebrating the area’s rich history of lemon growing. You’ll find plenty of delicious lemon inspired dishes, a pie eating contest, classic car show and more.  The festival runs October 13th & 14th for 2012 at Girsh Park in Goleta. You can learn more at the Lemon Festival website.

To learn more about great things to do in Santa Barbara during Fall, visit the City of Santa Barbara website.  To book a sunset cruise on Celebrations call (888) 316-9363 or visit Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara online.