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Recreation Opportunities

Santa Barbara is a rich and inviting environment for any type of recreation, from visiting the zoo or museums, to going hiking or laying on the beach.

Santa Barbara - Activity Guide offers a comprehensive list of activities and recreation opportunities in and around Santa Barbara. - Activity Guide

Santa Barbara - Community Guide also has a comprehensive list of community resources in Santa Barbara. - Community Guide

Things To Do in Santa Barbara - Outdoor Recreation

Pick your passion in Santa Barbara! From great food and shopping to outdoor adventure, Santa Barbara has it all! - outdoor recreation

Santa Barbara Parks

The abundance and beauty of Santa Barbara's city park system enhances the pleasure of both residents and visitors alike and contributes to the city's worldwide reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world. With 57 parks totaling nearly 1800 acres and an abundance of 35,000 public trees, the outdoor environment greatly enhances the quality of life in Santa Barbara.

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Adult Sports Leagues

Santa Barbara is perfect for year round sports and City Leagues are popular, competitive, and lots of fun! Depending on the season, you can sign up your team for softball, basketball, soccer or indoor and beach volleyball leagues. Register your team or you are encouraged to register as an individual player.

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Aquatics Programs

Aquatics programs include swim instruction, fitness swimming, lifeguarding classes, water safety classes, outrigger canoe paddling, and recreational swim.

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Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo encompasses 30 acres of land and houses 500 animals. There are ample things to entertain you throughout your visit. The park offers a barnyard where you can feed sheep, giraffe feeding, How to Train Your Dinosaur Show, a large picnic area for families, and the Kallman Family Play area for children to enjoy. Although the average zoo visit is 2.5 hours, there is plenty of things to see and do to keep you occupied for much longer.

Located at:

500 Ninos Drive
(805) 962-5339

Presidio State Historic Park

The Santa Barbara Royal Presidio is a military fortress that was founded April 21, 1782. It is located in the original Presidio site in modern downtown Santa Barbara at the intersection of Santa Barbara Street and East Canon Perdido Street. Come enjoy the rich history of the coast of Southern California.

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Located at:

123 East Canon Street
(805) 965-0093

Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California with a variety of terrain, vegitation, and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day use and extended backpacking opportunities.

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