Sightseeing in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum – Up to Half Off Visit 

Waterfront

$30 $15

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Exhibits, historic sailing vessels, and films bring the California Coast and other areas of maritime history to life

40% Off Tour from Blue Ocean Kayaking

Channel Islands Harbor

$250 $149

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Groups hop aboard a custom-built boat before getting into kayaks and paddling through Anapaca Island's natural sea caves

Half Off at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Ventura County Maritime Museum

$10 $5

Discover the history of the Channel Islands Harbor through artifacts, ship models, and art related to local maritime industry and culture

50% Off from The Pirate Boat Ride

Hollywood

$30 $15

Boat rides showcase Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay, particularly birds and sea lions and breathtaking Anacapa Island

Up to 58% Off Whale Watching

Oxnard

$50 $25

Three-hour narrated tours educate voyagers as they spot whales, dolphins, and sea lions amid the waters of Channel Islands National Park

Up to 54% Off Segway Tours of Solvang

Downtown Solvang

$150 $89

Guided tours summit Figueroa Mountain, explore the culturally Danish city of Solvang, or stop at Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards for a tasting

74% Off Tour and Tasting at Rideau Vineyard

Solvang

$134 $35

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Visit the vineyard, learn how wine is made and the etiquette of tasting it, and enjoy five samples of the winery's Rhône varietals

Wildling Museum – 50% Off

Downtown Solvang

$10 $5

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Museum has hosted more than 40 exhibitions such as Santa Ynez River Watershed and Patrick O’Hara’s Art of California Native Plants

Up to 78% Off Wine Appreciation Class

J. Hamilton Wines

$80 $19

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Award-winning winemaker Justin Tatum shares insights into the winemaking process as guest taste varietals and create their own blends

Gibbon Conservation Center – Up to 50% Off

Canyon Country

$30 $15

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Educational center houses endangered primates that sing and leap as visitors learn more about them and their plight

Select Local Merchants

The walls don’t look the same for long at Red Brick Gallery. Since opening in 2006, the space has featured works by more than 150 different artists, exposing the public to paintings, metal sculptures, woodwork, glass pieces, and more. The gallery almost exclusively seeks the talent of emerging and mid-career artists, with an emphasis on locally commissioned works. “At any given time,” co-founder Jennifer Livia told Food and Home Magazine, “about seventy percent of our art is by local artists.” To bolster the public’s appreciation for art, Red Brick Gallery also teaches students of all ages and skill levels how to paint with acrylics and watercolors, create mosaics, and even take and edit photographs.

315 E Main St
Ventura,
CA
US

Gull Wings Children's Museum appeals to many childhood aspirations as it teaches—the Blast Off area lets kids pretend to be astronauts, the Home Town Hero exhibit lets them play firefighters, and the Lego-a-Go-Go room lets them portray immobile plastic bricks. Aside from the many exhibits, there are a series of regular programs in reading, science, and other subjects. The museum also hosts special events such as storytellers and dance groups.

418 W 4th St
Oxnard,
CA
US

With more than two decades in the industry, FCI Aviation jets passengers into the heavens above the Malibu coast and Southern California's rippling hills and valleys. The company appeals to varying interests with an assortment of different tours, including wine tastings in the sky, whale watching, and shark pursuits that track great whites and mako sharks.

1601 W 5th St.
Oxnard,
CA
US

Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.

2120 E Ponderosa Dr
Camarillo,
CA
US

At Ostrich Land, visitors quickly learn that ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand—they'd much rather bury them in a bowl of food that you hold out in front of you. They're also not fond of waiting their turn, and at any given moment, you might have four beaks dipping into your supply. The experience is a far cry from throwing bread at ducks or pigeons. These birds are the world's largest: they can reach up to 9 feet in height and weigh 350 pounds. At top speed, they hit 45 miles per hour on their massive, two-toed feet.

Having been raised around people and trained to eat from outstretched bowls, the park's 50 ostriches and emus welcome spectators from their savannah-like enclosure. They're also celebrities in their own right, with bit roles in the film Sideways as well appearances in a Santa Maria Times video feature and a tongue-in-cheek homage in an episode of The Simpsons. Dispensing the animals' supper is only one way in which guests can get close—a stop inside the gift shop reveals shelves of ready-to-cook ostrich and emu eggs, ostrich feather dusters, and savory ostrich meat shipped in from a separate farm not affiliated with Ostrich Land. Also in stock are vials of emu oil, a substance with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that can soothe the skin.

610 E Highway 246
Buellton,
CA
US

The impressionist painters who inspired winemaker Bion Rice raised shimmering mirages in which soft-edged daubs of paint seem to grant motion to ballerinas or swaying river rushes. At Artiste, Bion draws inspiration from their work, attempting to raise distant landscapes with grapes rather than rough brushstrokes. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes call up the sun-steeped fields of the Napa Valley, and chardonnay grapes carry one away to the Russian River Valley on straw-hued sweetness. Bion calls the blends “impressionist cuvees,” and he produces small batches of them, their corks sealed beneath thick, hand-dipped cloaks of crimson wax.

The bottles are labeled with colorful impressionist paintings, and in a tasting room and studio, the harmonious relationship between wine and art is even further cemented. The whisper of brushes on canvas drifts from paint-dappled tables, where guests bring to life sweeping forest vistas or criminal lineups of pine trees. A rotating array of paintings lines the walls, including works from artists such as Aldo Luongo, an Argentinian artist whose contrasting colors and rippling brushstrokes seem to gaze up from a clear lake. Wine glasses chime together, punctuating the lilting rhythm of classical guitarists or the constant weeping of trombone players during live music events.

2948 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos,
CA
US