Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Built in 1929, the courthouse is one of the most spectacular buildings in Santa Barbara. Be sure to climb the steps to the El Mirador tower for 360 degree views of the city.

Santa Barbara Mission. Established in 1786, it was the tenth of the twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans.  Self-guided and docent-guided tours are available.

Santa Barbara Zoo. This is a great way to spend a day if you have little ones. Bring a picnic and spend the day visiting with elephants, giraffes, lions, and gorillas - all with a view of the beautiful Pacific ocean.

Granada Theater. Built in 1924, The Granada Theater is the tallest building in downtown Santa Barbara (at a mere eight stories tall!). Home to the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, it is a great venue for taking in a performance.

The Funk Zone. If you are into wine tasting, head on down to the Funk Zone. This up can coming area has evolved into a haven of artisan shops, art galleries, funky restaurants, microbreweries, and a craft distillery.

Self-guided Craft Beer Tasting Tour. If you’re into craft beer, take a peek at our list of all the Santa Barbara area breweries and get started on your own beer tasting tour. Please don’t drink and drive!

Cold Spring Tavern. Take a drive up into the hills and experience this off the beaten path, historical restaurant in an old stagecoach rest stop built in 1886. Restaurant too busy for you? Pick up a tri-tip sandwich from the grill outside.

Grab an ice cream at McConnell’s. These guys have been making ice cream in Santa Barbara since 1949. They don’t believe in preservatives or stabilizers, just fresh cream, milk and sugar. We’re partial to the salted caramel chip.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree. At approximately 80 feet tall, with a span of branches that reaches 198 feet, this awe-inspiring tree is believed to be the largest Ficus macrophylla in the United States.

Farmers Market. With eight weekly markets going on, be sure to make your way to one of the local farmers markets where you can pick up the freshest local produce around and rub elbows with local farmers and food purveyors.

Herbert Bayer's Chromatic Gate: Erected in 1991, and recently restored, this public sculpture is dedicated to the artists of Santa Barbara. The gate is located at ARCO Circle on the corner of Cabrillo Boulevard and Puerto Vallarta.

Santa Barbara Surfing Museum: A funky museum with an special collection of period surfboards including a Miki Dora 'Da Cat' model and an early Bunker Spreckles knee board. This museum is open on Sundays from 12-5.