santa barbara boat rides
aboard Lil’ Toot,
Santa barbara’s official water taxi

Experience Santa Barbara’s beautiful waterfront onboard the happiest boat in the harbor!
Running daily from noon until sunset, 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. 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!

Experience the two exciting sides of the Santa Barbara Waterfront: From Santa Barbara to Stearns Wharf, we’ll 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 Stearn’s Wharf! From the Wharf to the Santa Barbara Harbor, we’ll 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.

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.

Need a ride to or from your boat along the Water Taxi route? We’ll take you from the Wharf or the harbor to your boat and back again. Call us on VHF channel 12 or 805-465-6676 to arrange a pick-up.

One-way tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids

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  • 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

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