Santa Barbara Water Taxi
Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.  The crew may ask you to collapse your stroller.

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.

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 $2.00 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.

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.

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.

  • Kids Parties

    Kids can learn about
    the harbor and help
    steer the boat!
  • Private Events

    Have a private catered
    cruise with up to
    19 passengers
  • Sunset Boat Rides

    Experience Santa Barbara
    with a sunset cruise
    onboard the Azure Seas
  • Narrated Rides

    Discover Santa Barbara
    history, ecology and
    celebrity yacht sightings