Things To Do In Santa Barbara

On the Rocks Package for Two at Santa Barbara Rock Gym (53%Off)

Santa Barbara Rock Gym

Lower State

Duos get to experience indoor climbing with help from a trained instructor

$60 $28

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Four or Eight Weeks of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Santa Barbara Jujitsu Kai (Up to 67% Off)

Santa Barbara Jujitsu Kai

Santa Barbara

During jujitsu classes that teach both technique and coordination, students learn self-defense skills while also building confidence

$120 $49

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One Month of Martial Arts Classes with Optional Two Weeks of Fitness Classes at Martial Arts Family Fitness (53% Off)

Martial Arts Family Fitness

Lower State

Martial arts classes infused with karate techniques

$99 $49

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3, 5, or 10 Adult Dance-Fitness Classes at Westside Dance (Up to 55% Off)

Westside Dance

Santa Barbara

Group fitness classes fuse ballet, cardio dance, free weights, and stretching for a rhythmic, well-rounded workout

$30 $15

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$135 for $300 Worth of Services at United Studios of Self Defense

United Studios Of Self Defense

Santa Barbara

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$300 $135

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12 or 18 Sunrisers Bootcamp Classes, or 12 Launch at Lunch Classes from Coley Fitness and Massage (58% Off)

Coley Fitness and Massage

Lower State

Outdoor bootcamp classes held at 6 a.m. for full-body conditioning; lunchtime classes are specifically for women

$165 $69

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for Two or Four (50% Off)

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara

A 72-ft. blue-whale skeleton stares down at you, and Chumash Indian relics wait for their secrets to be uncovered or hike a nature trail.

$24 $12

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Two-Hour Glass-Blowing Class at Santa Barbara Art Glass (60% Off)

Santa Barbara Art Glass

Lower East

A veteran glass artist leads classes, offering step-by-step instruction that results in a unique piece of self-made artwork

$250 $99

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$25 for a Two-Month Membership Including Personal Training and a Fitness Assessment at Curves ($207 Value)

Curves

Santa Barbara

Women’s gym focuses on 30-minute circuit-training sessions that deliver a complete strength and cardio workout

$207 $25

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Teen or BYOB Painting Class at The Woods Art Studio & Classes (Up to 63% Off). Six Options Available.

The Woods Art Studio & Classes

Santa Barbara

In an eclectic outdoor studio, teens practice their painting skills while adults pair their lessons with a glass of wine

$40 $19

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Dance Classes at World Dance for Humanity (Up to 73% Off)

World Dance for Humanity

Santa Barbara Downtown

Staff members blend cardio and dance during fun classes and disperse 100% of proceeds to local and global charities

$100 $29

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Five Boot-Camp Classes at BDfitlife (55% Off)

Bdfitlife

Eastside

Bootcamp is catered to your group, with only five people in each class! Can do prenatal to strength conditioning, cardio, and stretching.

$500 $225

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Four or Eight Adult Ballet Classes at Santa Barbara Festival Ballet (Up to 51% Off)

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet

Santa Barbara Downtown

Classes broken out by skill level and no experience necessary for adults learning ballet; instructors with professional dance experience

$55 $27

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60-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson for One or Two from Soma Get Fit (Up to 80% Off)

Scott Crawford of Soma Get Fit

Santa Barbara Downtown

Students learn the ins and outs of standup paddleboarding, including how to balance on the board and how to maneuver through the tide

$125 $25

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Mesa Yoga (53% Off)

Mesa Yoga

Santa Barbara

Instructors lead small groups through Vinyasa-based asana sequences during yoga classes held at several times each day

$85 $40

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$95 for a Flight-Simulator Package at Above All Aviation ($149 Value)

Above All Aviation

Santa Barabara Municipal Airport

A certified pilot gives personal instruction to students, who further their education in a full-motion flight simulator

$149 $95

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Classes with Nutritional Counseling at Sirens Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Sirens Fitness

Santa Barbara

Before starting, an in-depth evaluation helps clients create effective, science-based regimens; guests also meet with nutrition coaches

$310 $109

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5 or 10 Barre Fitness Classes at Barre 101 (Up to 50%

Barre 101

Multiple Locations

60-minute barre classes combine cardio with muscle-sculpting moves to tone the entire body while blasting calories

$95 $49

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Four or Eight Weeks of Boot Camp with Nutritional Guidance at WAC (Up to 64% Off)

WAC

Santa Barbara

Your trainer can help you strengthen your body in boot camp and eat better with nutritional guidance

$175 $65

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Mestre Mariano Silva, a dancer and student of the Brazilian martial art capoeira, has always believed that "if you can walk, then you can dance." This positivity permeates everything he does, from his work with underprivileged youth to his time professionally dancing. It was this contagious optimism that caught the attention of master Amen Santo in Brazil, who invited him to tour globally with the renowned Ballet Folclorico do Brasil. As it turned out, Mariano was a huge hit, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. His skill and popularity on the stage led Amen to convince him to relocate to Southern California and bring his passion for Afro-Brazilian dance to the States. Today, Mariano owns Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara along with the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara, sharing his talents and affirmative worldview with adults and children through a slew of classes and community-outreach programs.

Each of mestre Mariano's fast-paced classes introduces pupils to the rhythmic techniques and cultural significance of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance forms. Capoeira—considered Brazil's second national sport—fuses martial-arts techniques with the rhythmic and collaborative elements of dance. He teaches stylistic combat maneuvers, which weave in aerial acrobatics and various instruments. During his Afro-Brazilian dance class, he'll calibrate students' hips to swivel to movements that fuse traditional African dance with Brazilian moves, and in his Samba classes, he introduces students to the history, culture, and traditions inextricably linked to each movement. He also lets dancers try their hand or fourth toe at banging timbaus, repiniques, and other Brazilian drums in the Brazilian batucada drumming course.

5370 Hollister Ave
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Yasa Yoga?s name comes from the Sanskrit words for ?good-hearted,? a reflection of the studio?s noncompetitive, welcoming community of yogis and instructors. They gather to practice in a red-tiled, Mission-style building originally constructed in 1912. Husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Stephanie Besler lead a majority of the classes, accommodating students of all skill levels with a variety of yoga styles. During Yasa Basics classes, students absorb foundational yoga poses and breathing techniques in a naturally lit practice space with 20-foot arched ceilings. Yasa Flow yoga instructors crank up the room temperature to bolster flexibility and teach challenging, inverted moves during workouts suited to intermediate stretchers. Students also gather inside the building?Charlie Chaplin?s former home and production studio?for a variety of other classes such as prenatal, deep-stretch, and flow-style sessions.

Though each course strengthens core muscles and focuses the brain, students also calm their minds with meditation or revel in the camaraderie of like-minded classmates as they learn to control their breathing or tendency to constantly blurt out their credit-card numbers.

22 W Mission St.
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

All 78 acres of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are bursting with life. More than 1,000 species of native Californian plants and regional flora line its 5.5 miles of serene, public trails, allowing visitors to witness the overwhelming diversity of the Pacific coastline's plant life. Along with stands of oaks and riparian woodlands, botanical collections inhabit precisely arranged landscapes, echoing the founders' goal from 1926 to create a garden that would "unite the aesthetic, educational and scientific." In 2003, Santa Barbara County rewarded the garden's decades of cultural and scientific contributions, granting County Historic Landmark status to 23 of the acres.

The garden's specimens and displays exist just as much for education as they do for appreciation. Guests can gather landscaping ideas from the Home Demonstration Garden, a cottage surrounded with water-conserving plants. The Japanese Teahouse and Demonstration Garden melds traditional East Asian design with California-native flora. Throughout the grounds, tour guides dispense invaluable information on the displays and the retired tree nymphs that tend them. Additionally, scientific researchers use the facilities in their efforts to both study and conserve numerous rare and endangered species.

1212 Mission Canyon Rd
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Once a costumer for TV shows including House and Weeds, Tami Macala switched careers midstream when she discovered the art of creating mosaics, according to a Santa Barbara Sentinel profile. She started mosaicking everything from fireplaces to fountains to other, lesser mosaics, eventually landing high-profile projects at the Florida Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Arby?s restaurants.

After more than a decade of working as a professional mosaic artist, Tami opened the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art (SBSMA). At the school, Tami and guest artists from near and far teach how to trick out tables with colorful shingles, coax gently luminous Mexican smalti into intricate patterns, or fuse glass for even more complex designs. Students can pick up tools and tiles at the SBSMA supply store and drop by during lab hours to work on independent projects.

1815 State St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

In 1917, the Ranger was a sport-fishing yacht?the first built on the West Coast?that hosted celebrities trying their luck at snagging tuna, swordfish, and other swimmers. Flash forward nearly a century, and the Ranger is now a lure, one of several vintage boats that entice visitors to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Inside a former Naval Reserve building, the museum traces the history of the California Coast seas, from cannons to seaplanes and surfing to the environment. The Munger Theater brings the sea to life with films that could feature maritime history or a trip around the coast, and lectures and other events further enrich the experience.

113 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

For more than 20 years, Channel Islands Outfitters's Paddle Sports Center has helped humans commune with nature through their guided expeditions, courses, and gear rentals. Their expert guides lead kayakers and hikers to California destinations such as Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island, where explorers enjoy picturesque scenery and native wildlife that haven’t yet learned about sarcasm. The outdoor fitness center also offers instruction for outdoorsmen ranging from courses that cultivate Wilderness First Responders to lessons in the art of standup paddleboarding. Meanwhile, their surf shop doles out aquatic equipment such as surfboards, paddleboards, and an array of kayaks that are available in single-seat or tandem models.

117 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara,
CA
US