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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-962-6210
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to Stearns Wharf. A nice view back to the town. A few shops to visit along the wharf. The ice cream shop was particularly nice!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RebekahJ596
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stearns Wharf is a fun area to walk around and enjoy the sights. Beaches, boardwalk, shops, and restaurants; plus beautiful views of the sunset. A must do when in the Santa Barbara area

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sirenazulclaro
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to come here with our social group for walks (it's 3 miles from the wharf parking area to the East Beach Bathhouse and back) and breakfast at Char West. We also love to bring our toddler grandchildren, who enjoy visiting the Sea Center,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ruhskis
Reviewed 1 week ago

The wharf is a great location for a family picnic, fresh shrimp, fishing, watching the pelicans, shopping and great restaurants. Parking is reasonable and usually available. The view of the coastline is exquisite and the Sea Center is great for children.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Denny W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is pretty touristy but the views and amenities are pretty convenient. Worth a trip but wine tastings and food you can get just a few blocks away for better prices and better quality.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brix510
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was interesting that you are able to actually park on this Pier, we parked wandered around the shops and took in some beautiful views. Watched the ocean for some calm and serenity. Many people out here fishing and bike riding.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RoxAnnaF
Reviewed 1 week ago

This busy wharf attracts many visitors to its restaurants and souvenir shops. But don't pass up the Natural History Sea Center, especially with kids. They can get up close to sea creatures and learn about the Pacific environment. Parking on the wharf is limited. If...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Donna H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to watch sunset and Santa Cruz island. It has some good wine tasting rooms, so you can try some good local wine.Two-hour free parking is also excellent.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Passenger601287
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to take photos of lovely Santa Barbara from the water but made the mistake of going to Stearns Wharf on a Saturday. We didn't know cars are allowed along the wooden wharf at the weekend. This made the walk noisy and the cars...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank flowerlady64
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was 70 degrees in December! A nice walk out on the pier. Shops to look in and restaurants if you want to eat. They even had a huge Christmas tree out on the end!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pspoker
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September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
No the shops and vendors are further on
September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
This is my very first visit so I couldn't say if this is the one but there was none or very few vendors at the beginning of the board walk leading up the pier
Maureen B
August 26, 2017|
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Response from Fallbrookian | Reviewed this property |
I have seen pets on the pier, but there's no place for them to do their business so you'll want to see to that first! I'm not positive the souvenir shops would allow them, but there are outdoor cafes where they could join... More