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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 2 days ago

We walked up from our hotel. Enjoyed the views and then caught the free bus on the corner to go downtown to shops and little wine spots.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Betty J
Reviewed 3 days ago

California beach towns love their wharfs. Stearns wharf is a great destination for a walk and perhaps a touristy meal. It's a good family experience and worth an hour or two during your Santa Barbara visit. Parking is limited, so consider other options for getting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to the pier when we arrived for a day visit to Santa Barbara. No doubt it is historic and you read some of that history on the plaques along the walkway. But unless you want to purchase inexpensive souvenirs, fish off the end...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lallan329
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family visited the Wharf the last night of our trip. There are shops for clothing, souvenirs, food and ice cream. There is also the beautiful view of the ocean. This is a good way to round up your trip and grab any collectibles to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DVasser
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the shopping to the ice cream, dolphin watching and oh....the sunset! So glad we didn't skip this stop.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tammy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The five of us strolled across its worn, wooden planks during the day and visited the Sea Center and experienced "hands-on" marine life. There are also four seafood restaurants. The views of Santa Barbara are awesome. Our evening stroll was a beautiful moonlit ocean experience....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Duane H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A big fat wooden pier with lots of gifts shops, restaurants and even a palm reader. Its rare that you can actually drive your car along the pier to the end and park it there too. The very last restaurant, the shellfish company, serves great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Arkadiusz W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stearn's Wharf (actually a pier) is historic in Santa Barbara and worth a stroll. Go to the end and watch people fishing or watch the sunset. As in most touristy places, there are souvenir shops and restaurants. I would avoid them and shop and dine...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TSinParis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice old pier with unusually free parking for 90 mins. Great views across the bay. Plenty of trinket shops and restaurants.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Stainlesteve
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love visiting the Wharf. Whether to visit the amazing retail stores, the ice cream store, the fabulous restaurants or the Ty Warner Sea Center (where they have amazing and educational touch tanks - even sharks!) - it’s always fun, relaxing and entertaining. You can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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