Unique Summer Activities to Experience in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California, is renowned for its sun-drenched beaches and stunning coastal landscapes, but beyond the typical tourist attractions lies a world of unique and unconventional summer activities waiting to be discovered. If you’re seeking adventure off the beaten path, here are some one-of-a-kind experiences to add to your Santa Barbara itinerary:

  1. Parasailing Over the Pacific: Take your summer adventure to new heights with a thrilling parasailing experience over the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you soar high above the coastline, enjoying panoramic views of Santa Barbara’s iconic landmarks and beaches. Whether you’re a seasoned thrill-seeker or a first-time flyer, parasailing offers an unforgettable perspective of this coastal paradise.
  2. Stand-Up Paddle Board Lessons:  Enjoy the harbor and find your balance with a unique excursion on a stand-up paddle board! Cool down as you connect with nature, strengthen your core, and embrace the gentle waves.
  3. Ropes Course and Zipline Tours:  Adventure courses in the area offer various levels of difficulty, so whether you’re a beginner or an experienced thrill-seeker, there’s something for everyone. You can challenge yourself with elements like swinging bridges, cargo nets, tightropes, and more. Plus, the supportive staff ensures your safety while encouraging you to push beyond your comfort zone.
  4. Eco-Kayak Tours of the Gaviota Coast: Explore the unspoiled beauty of the Gaviota Coast on an eco-friendly kayak tour led by knowledgeable guides. Paddle through pristine marine sanctuaries, hidden sea caves, and secluded beaches as you encounter an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, and migratory birds. Learn about the region’s unique ecosystems and conservation efforts while immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this coastal wilderness—an eco-adventure that’s as educational as it is exhilarating.
  5. Sunset Horseback Riding on the Beach: Trot through golden sands, splash through the surf, and feel the salty breeze on your skin as you admire the fiery hues of the setting sun painting the sky. This experience offers a romantic and unforgettable way to celebrate summer.
  6. Family Solstice Celebration at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: Discover the wonders of summer’s longest day at the Botanic Gardens with extended after-hours activities including solstice crafts & sun stories. 
  7. Swing Dance Lessons: Swing dance can be a fantastic way to learn a new skill, get some exercise, and have a lot of fun in the process! Year-round sessions, all ages are welcomed, sessions are hosted at the historic Carrillo Rec Center. 

Make lasting memories and start your visit with us at Vacation Rentals of Santa Barbara so you can experience some of these unique and unconventional summer activities that promise to delight adventurers of all ages.