Santa Barbara Spotlight: 15 Ways to Play in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is exploding with adventure and fun for corporate travelers! Here are our picks for 15 Ways to Play in Santa Barbara. As our dear old friend Stefan from Saturday Night Live says:

this place has everythingFor the Wine Connoisseur

“Sideways” Wine Tour: This tour visits prominent sites featured in the movie Sideways. Retrace Jack and Miles’ journey with visits to Lafond Winery, Firestone Winery, Fess Parker Winery, and Lincourt Vineyard.

Sommelier’s Delight Tour: An adventure for novices and wine snobs alike! Starting with blind and barrel tastings, participants will exercise their newfound knowledge with private tastings at two wineries.

Urban Wine Trail: Taste some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County, all within blocks of downtown and the beach.


Wine Country Tour: This comprehensive tour features an olive oil and vinegar tasting at an actual olive farm and two wine tasting stops in the Santa Rita Hills wine region.

For the Sightseer

Art Walk: Each first Thursday, galleries and museums extend normal business hours and host receptions for new exhibitions.

Eat This, Shoot That: This casual food tour takes guests through the artsy Funk Zone for small bites and beverages. Along the way, guests receive pro photography tips for our guide.

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Sail the Channel Islands: Hop on board a luxury charter with a seasoned captain at the helm.

Santa Barbara Zoo: The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to some 500 mammals, reptiles, birds and insects representing 146 species.

Trolley Tours: Enjoy the cool ocean breeze while exploring Santa Barbara aboard a privately chartered open air trolley.

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Whale Watching: Over 27 different types of whales and dolphins inhabit the Santa Barbara channel at different times of the year, making these waters the best whale watching area in the entire world!

For the Sports-Minded

Golf: It only makes sense that “The American Riviera” possesses some of the most incredible golf courses in the country. Santa Barbara offers six public 18-hole courses, four of which are a short drive from downtown Santa Barbara.

Paintball and Palate: Enjoy a beer or wine tasting on the way to the paintball course, sample additional beverages during the event, then stop at a brewery/winery on your return trip. Your thirst for competition (and your thirst in general) will definitely be quenched!

Santa Ynez Mountain Jeep Tour: Climb aboard a custom Jeep and take off on a thrilling adventure through the amazing back-country of beautiful Santa Barbara.

Seaside Bike Tour: This enjoyable Santa Barbara biking tour is designed to show the beauty of coastal Santa Barbara. Our guides will be biking with you along the way, stopping at points of interest for photo opportunities and talking about natural history. We ride along coastal bluffs amongst eucalyptus groves, watch the surf and see quaint neighborhoods and orchards. This biking tour provides amazing views of Santa Barbara, as well as a refreshing physical challenge that will inspire, awaken, and bring your group together.

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Water Sports: Catch some rays, burn some calories, and have some fun while kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more! Private lessons and exclusive group tours available!

Santa Barbara – Need More Info?

If you’re a meeting planner looking for Santa Barbara event experts, look no further than The Event Team. We’d love to help you put together an unforgettable tour program for your attendees. Contact The Event Team today to learn more!