Two days ago we headed up to Santa Barbara for more fun and adventure (as mentioned in the two previous posts, we were also there just a week ago to go to the zoo). This time, after a brief stop at Goleta Beach, we spent the day on Stearns Wharf. This is Santa Barbara’s pier and it features lots and lots of fun stuff – restaurants, shops, sightseeing and private boat trips.We started off with lunch at Longboards Grill. My husband and I have eaten here many times before and have always enjoyed it. The food is great and you can sit outside on the upstairs patio and enjoy the sunshine and panoramic view. On their menu they have specialties such as fish and chips, fresh salmon, mahi mahi, swordfish, shrimp, steak, chicken, ribs, Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, appetizers and oyster bar. They also have a kids’ menu, smoothies, desserts, and all kinds of specialty drinks.
Afterward, we explored Ty Warner Sea Center, which is a museum and mini aquarium that kids love. Lots of its displays are touchable (i.e. you can touch and even pick up sea stars and a sea cucumber), and others are just for viewing, like the creepy octopus and the cute Monkeyface Prickleback (love that name).
Then we got an ice cream cone from The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company, sat on a bench and enjoyed the perfect weather and beautiful views.
Other notable features of the wharf include the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, Mother Stearns Candy Company, Coastal Treasures and other shops, and Captain Don’s Pirate Cruises (for private whale watching trips and cruises).
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