Our conference is intended to be an experience of rest, recreation and rejuvenation. We have crafted the schedule accordingly. We hope you enjoy:
- flexible mornings with optional worship,
- free time in the afternoons to spend on or off campus,
- optional afternoon seminars on Monday and Wednesday afternoons,
- and our "Sabbath Day" on Thursday with no programming until our closing banquet.
We encourage you to plan ahead for how you would like to spend your free time. To help, we have a list of Santa Barbara activities and attractions below. In addition, there will be an Activity Table and group outings are likely to be planned at the conference. We will also have access to Westmont College’s swimming pool and sporting facilities. Activity Stations, informal evening social activities and group outings are likely to be planned at the conference.
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Santa Barbara and the surrounding area have plentiful recreation opportunities. The list below is not comprehensive, but intended to help get you started as you explore what the area offers for rest and relaxation or an active lifestyle vacation. You can also download a copy of the list compiled by Larissa Heatley.
Places To Explore
Casa Del Herrero
(Historical House of the Blacksmith) This is a 1920s house museum and is national historic landmark. Which includes expansive gardens, and a blacksmith workshop. Guided tours are offered when booked in advance (can only be book on Wednesdays and Saturdays). It is a 90-minute tour and is $25 per person.
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a calm and quiet walk through a beautiful garden featuring landmarked features such as the Campbell bridge, Clara Small Smith entry steps, Blaksley Library, Indian Steps, and the Mission Dam. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+), $8 for students and children, $6 for anyone 12 and under, free for anyone under the age of 2 or active military personnel in uniform.
Ganna Walska Lotusland Gardens
(one of the ten best in the world)
A beautiful garden with open pathways, 21 different areas to the garden and wonderful guided tours. Call or go online to make a reservation. The guided tours are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $48 for adults, $24 ages 3-17.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta
The theme this year is “Celebrate Traditions”. This is a week long celebration of Santa Barbra’s Spanish heritage. It will be taking place August 1-5 this year. Different events are held at different places including a parade on Cabrillo Blvd. (reserved seats are available for $18), and multiple rodeos ($15-$40 depending on the day), amoung a few other events.
Karpeles Manuscript Library
A large Library featuring original manuscripts of “The Wedding March”, Einstien’s formula formula “E=Mc^2” and many more manuscripts through the ages!
21 W Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3107
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
This art museum has a permanent collection featuring paintings as famous as Monet among many others and has other interesting exhibits such as Summer Nocturne (Works on paper from the 1970s), Fauvism to Fascism, and Nam June Paik: TV Clock. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for students and children.
Double Dolphin Sunset Cruises
Buy tickets to get on board the 1400 square ft. costal cruiser for harbor cruises, sunset cruises, coastal cruises, whale watching, refreshments or music on the water. You can buy tickets online $40-$50 for adults and children, $25-$30 for college students depending on what cruise or event you’d like to buy tickets for.
Paddle Sports Center
If you are feeling sporty and adventurous then this is the place for you to be! Here you can rent kayaks surfboards, and SUPs (Standing Up Paddle-boards) with prices ranging between $12 and $24 depending on what you rent.
Santa Barbara Sailing Center
This sailing center includes everything from publice cruises to boat rentals($40-$50), whale watching($25 college, $50 adult), and kayaking ($12)!
Santa Barbara Zoo
Over 500 amazing animals located in one place. Be prepared to get your steps in for the day as it is 30 acres! Open 10-5, tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for children.
Santa Barbara City Hall
This is a wonderful place to learn about some of the history of Santa Barbara and get some extra maps or intelle about this wonderful seaside city.
State Street shops
This is one of the most pedestrian friendly downtowns due to the amazing choices of shops. With shops ranging from some that are special to Santa Barbara to well known national brands it’s likely you’ll find what you’re looking for or at least have a fun day of strolling in beautiful Santa Barbara. https://www.downtownsb.org/discover/shop-and-stroll
Food and Coffee
A wonderful small brunch or coffee restaurant with two locations in Santa Barbara. They have everything from quality coffee to mouth watering waffles, and tempting baked treats.
805-966-1717 / 15 E. Figueroa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-687-8701 / 3607 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105
A wonderful café and deli to enjoy a homemade and homegrown meal in for lunch or dinner! Open from 7am-9pm
24 West Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Started by a former professional cyclist he took what he learned about roasting coffee from around the world and brought it to Santa Barbara. Open 7am-5pm.
128 E Canon Perdido St Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The French Press
A Cozy coffee house that serves hand crafted drinks and pastries. There are two located in Santa Barbara, both are open from 6am-7pm.
528 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2712 / 1101 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Thanks to Larissa Heatley for compiling this list and creating graphics.