Lil’ Toots 15 Birthday Party

Take an adventure to the Santa Barbara Harbor or Stearns Wharf to celebrate everyone’s favorite water taxi’s fifteenth birthday! Come join Captain Fred and crew for a special day celebrating all things Lil’ Toot with free kids tickets all day, 20% off of merchandise and gift cards and other great surprises! Learn facts about the Santa Barbara waterfront, snap a great picture of you or a loved one driving the boat and most importantly – have some great, family-friendly fun!

Catch a ride at our Stearns Wharf stop (across from the Moby Dick Restaurant) or at our SB Harbor stop (in front of the Maritime Museum and Brophy Bros. Restaurant) to take a fun, guided ride to the other stop. Get off the boat, enjoy some time at the other side of the waterfront and catch a later taxi back!

Maybe you’ve been riding for 15 years or maybe this will be your first time – but come on down on Saturday, February 9th from 11am to 5pm to enjoy a beautiful Saturday out on the water with Lil’ Toot and Celebration Cruises – Santa Barbara.

Even though the poster reads February 2nd, the party was delayed to February 9th, due to weather conditions.

Live Dive (June – September)

Become immersed in the world below the ocean’s surface. Watch and interact with SCUBA Divers live as they explore our local coastal ecosystems under Stearns Wharf and beyond.

FREE public program

This program runs on select Thursdays, May through September 2018

May 24

June 14, 28

August 9, 23

September 20

Information: Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711, ext 170 or

World Oceans Day Festival

The Sea Center, in collaboration with UCSB, will celebrate World Oceans Day by offering free admission.

The World Oceans Day theme for 2018 focuses on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.

Visitors to the Sea Center will be able to (1) explore a kelp holdfast that anchors kelp to the ocean floor and provides a home to numerous small marine animals; (2) speak with marine biologists to learn about the impacts of ash from the Thomas fire on the marine food web; (3) walk through a kelp forest station; (4) learn about marine debris impacts on the ocean with the Sea Center’s Portal to the Planet program; (5) speak with outreach teams from UCSB, the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); (6) watch a Harbor Patrol Fire Boat water display at 2:00 PM (time subject to change), as well as (7) immerse themselves with grey whales swimming the Santa Barbara Channel via a virtual reality headset in the Sea Center’s Channel Theatre.