Summer adventures in SB with young children

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I have lived in the Santa Barbara area since college, and I feel fortunate that Ive gotten to experience Santa Barbara living as a young woman, as a young married couple, and now as a mom of two young children. How Santa Barbara looked to me at 19 is so very different than it looked at 29. Can you believe that I once remarked to a friend, I dont think there are that many parks in Santa Barbara. How little I knew! Now our days are full of little adventures in the nooks and crannies of our beautiful county. We are constantly discovering a new trail or a new place to stop and get cupcakes. Ive paired up a couple of fun, off the beaten path adventures to help make the most of your long summer days with your little people!

Carpinteria: From Santa Barbara or Goleta, take the train down to Carpinteria and hop off at the Tomol Interpretive Play area (which includes a replica Chumash village). Its easy to make a day of Carpinteria great restaurants and Robitailles Fine Candies.

Downtown: Come to Paseo Nuevo for the ParentClick Playdate, and then cruise up and down State St on the trolley. Its easy (well, easy-ish, depending on how big your stroller is) to hop off and grab a bite to eat.

Goleta: Check out the South Coast Railroad Museum and then walk around Lake Los Carneros. We always find some great wildlife hanging out by the lake! Time it right, and end your walk at Stow House, just in time for Music at the Ranch.

Isla Vista: Pick up cupcakes from Crush Cakes and cruise over to the Dinosaur Park for a unique playground experience.

San Roque:Hike through Stevens Park up to the Jesusita Trail (about two miles round trip) then meet enjoy a picnic by the brand new playground or stop byLa Cumbre Plaza for lunch.

Waterfront: Visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then hop aboard Lil Toot to cruise over to Stearns Wharf for an ice cream cone or visit to the candy shop. The SB Maritime Museum offers a free Community Day on the third Thursday of every month. Your kids can also earn a free adult and kid ticket by completing their first 5 books with the Librarys Summer Reading Program.

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July 8, 2015

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  1. Melaniesays: July 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    We like to go to Somethings Fishy, Its a fun outing and new kinds of eating and dining experience. Its not inexpensive, so its a treat we save for a summer evening when we can linger at dinner and stroll down State Street.

  2. Sarahsays: July 10, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Every summer, my family ditches the car and takes an MTD bus to explore a different area of town on foot. Getting out of the car and diving into community is wonderful! We meet new people, eat new foods and discover hidden jewels.
    Last week we cruised Downtown Goleta and had a blast!

  3. Lucillesays: July 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    We love visiting Ellwood preserve fun walk, beach trip, bike ride, or checking out the wildlife.

  4. Marygracesays: July 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    We have a few spots; museum of natural history has a great play area for water play and exploration.
    Picnics at the zoo are fun.
    The library has fun events storytime for kids & a free lunch for kids on Wednesdays.
    Riding Lil Toot to the harbor from the wharf is exciting.
    Taking a ride on the State St downtown shuttle is fun but sometimes crowded.
    A treat is the carousel on the beach.

  5. Marysays: July 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    My favorite spot in Santa Barbara is Shoreline Park! Because it have a amazing view! I take all my family and friends over there when they are visiting me! I love Santa Barbara!

  6. Heathersays: December 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    We take the family camping every summer atleast 3-4 times. Carpinteria State Beach is awesome and its fun to walk up Linden and the interpretive park by the railroad tracks is fun. El Capitan Beach is our favorite camping spot. Endless fun for the kidssurfing, tree climbing, biking, scootering. Its a safe and wonderful playground for our imaginative kids aged 4 & 6.

  7. Kristensays: July 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    For quintessential summer fun, the wading pool at Oak Park while its open. Get a popsicle afterward and play on the playground. They let a new group in on the hour from noon to 5pm. You can take a beach chair to sit on the grass by the pool, but you have to have snacks outside.

  8. Melaniesays: July 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I like going to the Nite Moves area at Ledbetter Beach, Wednesday nights in the summer. People (runners and spectators) are picnicking, atheletes are finishing in both the water and down the street, and there is live music and lots of fun And were at the beach!

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I have lived in the Santa Barbara area since college, and I feel fortunate that Ive gotten to experience Santa Barbara living as a young woman, as a young married couple, and now as a mom of two young children. How Santa Barbara looked to me at 19 is so very different than it looked at 29. Can you believe that I once remarked to a friend, I dont think there are that many parks in Santa Barbara. How little I knew! Now our days are full of little adventures in the nooks and crannies of our beautiful county. We are constantly discovering a new trail or a new place to stop and get cupcakes. Ive paired up a couple of fun, off the beaten path adventures to help make the most of your long summer days with your little people!

Carpinteria: From Santa Barbara or Goleta, take the train down to Carpinteria and hop off at the Tomol Interpretive Play area (which includes a replica Chumash village). Its easy to make a day of Carpinteria great restaurants and Robitailles Fine Candies.

Downtown: Come to Paseo Nuevo for the ParentClick Playdate, and then cruise up and down State St on the trolley. Its easy (well, easy-ish, depending on how big your stroller is) to hop off and grab a bite to eat.

Goleta: Check out the South Coast Railroad Museum and then walk around Lake Los Carneros. We always find some great wildlife hanging out by the lake! Time it right, and end your walk at Stow House, just in time for Music at the Ranch.

Isla Vista: Pick up cupcakes from Crush Cakes and cruise over to the Dinosaur Park for a unique playground experience.

San Roque:Hike through Stevens Park up to the Jesusita Trail (about two miles round trip) then meet enjoy a picnic by the brand new playground or stop byLa Cumbre Plaza for lunch.

Waterfront: Visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then hop aboard Lil Toot to cruise over to Stearns Wharf for an ice cream cone or visit to the candy shop. The SB Maritime Museum offers a free Community Day on the third Thursday of every month. Your kids can also earn a free adult and kid ticket by completing their first 5 books with the Librarys Summer Reading Program.

ENTER OUR CONTEST BY SHARING YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EXPLORE WITH YOUR CHILDREN

  • What are your favorite spots in Santa Barbara County?
  • Where do you like to explore?
  • Do you have a favorite restaurant? Favorite activity? Favorite beach or park?
  • Where do you like to hike?

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