Santa Barbara Sights

Courthouse Jail

History, culture, architecture and produce, too – Santa Barbara has it all and there’s nowhere better to see these sights than on this downtown ride.

The Ride

This easy, urban (shall we say cosmopolitan?) ride takes you to all of Santa Barbara’s top sights. You’ll work up an appetite as you pedal gently uphill from the harbor, so it seems quite logical to end the route at The Arlington Theatre where you can indulge in dinner and a show.

Experience Level

Family-friendly, suitable for all ages and abilities – this ride will have some huffing and puffing on the final stretch up to the Mission.

Riding with children? Consider an early morning departure to avoid mid-day congestion on city streets.

The Courthouse

February marks the beginning of spring at the Santa Barbara Courthouse – it’s when the teacup magnolia trees are in full bloom.

Whatever season you’re visiting you’ll find this landmark worth a long visit. Take the 2pm daily docent guided tour and visit the clock room just below the observatory level where all of Santa Barbara unfolds below.

The Route

Start at the Dolphin Fountain at the foot of Stearns Wharf, pedal up State Street past the AMTRAK Station, under the freeway and as you emerge on the other side turn right on Haley Street then left on Santa Barbara St. and you’ll pass architect Jeff Shelton‘s signature creation, Vera Cruz.

Along this route you’ll pass by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Handlebar Coffee, The Santa Barbara Courthouse, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Mission, The Natural History Museum, The Alice Keck Park and Memorial Gardens, then last stop at Restaurant Row, Victoria at State Street in the shadow of The Arlington Theatre.

Photo credits: Frank Peters