Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, CA

Where are we going?

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd
Santa Barbara
CA 93105


What is there to do?

It's all about Mother Nature at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! A living museum, kids and the family can spend the day wandering around amazing gardens, flowers, and learning all about the wonders and the amazing diversity of California's flora.

The collections throughout the garden are arranged in seasonal displays, and you can learn all about them through the signage across the gardens, as well as docent led tours. Did you know that there are about 78 acres to explore? 

Well, we should start then!

First thing you will notice when you arrive, are the sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains, as well as the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Amazing landscapes! The perfect spot for an amazing botanic garden experience.

There are over 1,000 different plants on display (did you know there were that many in the state alone?)

There are 5.5 miles of pathway to explore, as well as featured areas within the gardens. There is even a bit of history within the garden too with the historic Mission Dam dating back to 1807. Pretty cool! You can even see an authentic Japanese Teahouse and Tea Garden. 

Throughout the gardens, you can make your way through meadows, trails and redwoods. There are canyons to explore, and native gardens to learn about.

If you want to know a bit more about the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens and your visit, a great place to start is the Information Kiosk where they can answer all of your questions.

It's a day out with Mother Nature in Santa Barbara, and with everything to see and learn, you'll never look at another garden the same again!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $12

Children: $6 (Ages -12) / $8 (Ages 13-17)

Free Under: 2 years, and free for active military in uniform


Need a little extra help?

Due to the Garden’s varied topography, portions of the historic landscape may be inaccessible to some visitors. Much of the Garden’s display area is accessible by stone-paved pathways, however, due to the historic and natural location of the Garden in Mission Canyon, certain paths may be narrow, rough, uneven or steep. The Garden Shop is accessible


When can we go?

9am - 6pm. 5pm close Nov - Feb.

Year round


Any top tips?

For dog loving families, the Trails 'n' Tails event for visitors with dogs is held in August

I’m Hungry!

The Garden Shop offers some cold drinks and snacks! Then you can continue to enjoy nature on a full, happy tummy! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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