Santa Barbara Attractions Only Moments Away
The Inn at East Beach is located one block from Santa Barbara Beach and within minutes of all the most popular Santa Barbara attractions and events. From history and culture to outdoorsy adventures, an authentic Santa Barbara experience is never far away.
Stay at Inn at East Beach, one of the most affordable inns in Santa Barbara, when visiting to see any of the favorite things to do nearby.
Frank's Favorite Santa Barbara Attractions
Santa Barbara Beach
No visit to "The American Riviera" is complete without a day at sunny Santa Barbara Beach. Our Santa Barbara beach hotel is located in easy walking distance to East Beach, which is famous for its friendly life guards, beach volleyball facilities and excellent weather year-round. Santa Barbara Beach is a great place for singles, couples and families looking to soak up some sun and spend a leisurely afternoon. Be sure to enjoy a good meal at the East Beach Grill, where the only thing better than the menu is the incredible view. Read More.
Santa Barbara Zoo
One of the most popular "small" zoos in America. Santa Barbara Zoo is home to more than 500 animals, with species spanning the globe. Plan at least 2.5 hours to explore the impressive habitats, home to massive Asian elephants, majestic African lions, playful penguins, skyscraping giraffes and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Inn at East Beach is located in walking distance. It's no wonder we're one of the favorite Santa Barbara Zoo hotels. Read More.
Santa Barbara Wineries
Santa Barbara County is home to more than 100 wineries and today is one of the most exciting growing regions in California. Even better, you don't have to go far to see it. There are more than a dozen quality Santa Barbara wineries within walking distance of The Inn at East Beach Hotel. Take the "Urban Wine Trail" to visit all the local favorites, or hop a ride on a Santa Barbara Wine Country tour to visit the vineyards along the countryside. Don't miss our "Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Tour Package", one of most popular Santa Barbara vacation packages. Read More.
Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara
Our budget-friendly Santa Barbara motel is all about an authentic Santa Barbara vacation on the cheap. You might be surprised to discover that some of the best attractions in Santa Barbara cost nothing at all. Acclaimed museums, fascinating history, a heart-healthy hike, fun for the tykes ... we've hand-picked some of our favorite things to do in Santa Barbara for free. Read more.
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More Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara
State Street / Downtown
The heart of the action is State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Beginning at Stearns Wharf where East Beach and West Beach meet, State Street offers several blocks of boutique shopping, eclectic dining and top-notch people watching.
Take in the sights of Santa Barbara Harbor as you stroll historic Stearns Wharf. Be sure to browse the shops to find that perfect souvenir of your Santa Barbara vacation.
Mission Santa Barbara
First built in 1820 and active to this day, Mission Santa Barbara is our signature historical attraction. The Mission is open to self-guided tours daily and also features a museum and gift shop. Please donate to support the preservation of this remarkable structure.
Inspired shopping and dining in a lively atmosphere, all in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Paseo Nuevo is the largest shopping mall in Santa Barbara and is also home to several popular events all throughout the year.
Santa Barbara Trolley Tours
The Santa Barbara Trolley company shows the best of Santa Barbara in this too-brief 90-minute tour. The trolley starts and ends on Stearns Wharf, with service every hour on the hour. Get an all-day pass to board anytime and anywhere you like. Voted the #1 Santa Barbara tour.
A37-acre botanical wonder featuring tropical plants from around the world. This stunning estate founded by Polish opera singer Ganna Walske in 1941 must be seen to be believed. Lotusland is located in Montecito, just east of Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is located directly behind Santa Barbara Mission and has fun and kid-friendly exhibits on geology, marine life, the Chumash Indians, outer space and so much more. Don't miss the signature exhibit: a 73-foot long complete skeleton of a blue whale.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
One of the top art museums on the West Coast. The impressive collection spans over 4,000 years from the ancient Greek and Chinese sculpture to modern art. Free admission offered on Sundays (donation suggested).
Santa Barbara Bowl
Hosting many top artists, Santa Barbara Bowl events are primarily music concerts. Everyone from rock legend Bob Dylan to today’s chart-topping acts like Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons has performed at the Santa Barbara Bowl. With a spectacular view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, each concert is an intimate experience with seating for 4,500 lucky fans.Read More.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Fun interactive exhibits make the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum a favorite for the kids, while mom and dad will love the fascinating historical exhibits. Model -makers shouldn't miss the incredible boat model gallery.
However you plan to spend your vacation, stay well and well within your budget at The Inn at East Beach. Book our Santa Barbara hotel on our official site for our Best Rate Guarantee.