To really get a feel of this gorgeous city, you should definitely make a trip to State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.A lovely little strip teeming with shops, boutiques, restaurants, major department stores, movie theatres, spacious sidewalks and varied restaurants serving fantastic food at reasonable prices.
State Street is essentially a highlight in this extremely ‘tourist-friendly’ city. If you’re in town on a weekend, be sure to check out the weekend farmer's market, a real treat.
The lower part of State Street leads to the harbour and waterfront for those that are looking for a proper shore-side sight-seeing experience. From the harbour you can take a nice walk along the shore and visit the numerous shops and beaches, the Funk Zone, and hotels.
It would be advisable to try and avoid State Street on weekends and hot summer days as the streets will be swamped with a lot of tourists eager for photo-ops that you’ll have to awkwardly jostle past in. If you’re the sort that likes to do things at your own pace, you should try and come by late in the afternoon and round off your day with a couple of drinks at a bar in the side-streets.
State Street Travel Tips
- Free parking is widely available for 75 minutes on side streets, and there are also numerous parking facilities with merchant validation.
How to Reach State Street
- Visitors to Santa Barbara enjoy riding up and down State Street and along the waterfront in a small, open-air, quiet, electric shuttle (pictured on right). The fare is only 50 cents. Shuttles run until 6 PM year-round, and until 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays from April through October (daylight savings times).
- Petrini's Italian Restaurant
- Opal Restaurant & Bar
- Soho Restaurant & Music Club
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90.38% of people who visit Santa Barbara include State Street in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
70.41% of people start their State Street visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see State Street
51.02% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting State Street