Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Explore California’s unique natural landscape at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a magnificent, 78-acre living museum designed completely with California-native plants. Five miles of easy walking trails crisscross the wild-crafted gardens, so you can venture from a towering coastal redwood forest to an inland cacti-filled desert in just one hike.
Take in sweeping views of the San Ynez Mountains and Santa Barbara’s Channel Islands and wander among more than 1,000 plants, trees and flowers that exemplify the diverse botanical beauty of the region. Along with an incomparable array of native plant life, the Garden is also home to several interesting historical sites. Situated on Mission Creek is the Mission Dam, a dam and aqueduct system built in 1807 to supply fresh water to the Santa Barbara Mission. Another highlight is the authentic Japanese Teahouse nestled among coastal live oaks, moss and ferns in the peaceful Tea Garden.