Scavenger Hunt

The Sea Center will host a scavenger hunt from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Kids and adults are invited to enjoy the fun and search for answers in the history-themed hunt that will take you all over Stearns Wharf. A special ocean-related prize awaits those who complete the quest. Back to the 150th Anniversary page

Saturday, October 8th Stearns Wharf to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Stearns Wharf is more than a nice place to watch boats or fish, it’s a structure that changed the face of Santa Barbara-literally. 150 years ago, Santa Barbara, being surrounded by mountains, was an isolated pueblo. There were no roads into town, there was no railroad. When John Peck Stearns built the wharf in 1872 … Read more

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  Stearns Wharf, the oldest working wood wharf in California, was built in 1872 by John Peck Stearns to facilitate the transfer of cargo and people from ships to shore. In 1925, the State of California, conveyed the Tidelands and the Harbor area to the City to be held in trust for certain priority uses … Read more


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Stearns Wharf Pet Policy

Dogs are allowed Stearns Wharf and there are rules/laws/regulations that govern animals and/or dogs. Most of the laws are common among municipalities. For example, dogs must be on a leash, less than 6′ in length, the dog must always be under the immediate control of the owner, you must clean up after your dog, and … Read more

Travel Directions to Stearns Wharf

Loading… Free parking in the 90 minute areas are available in several lots along the waterfront on Cabrillo Blvd. View the Stearns Wharf parking lot diagram   Parking Fees on Stearns Wharf: First 90-minutes Free for Single vehicle 20-feet and under: $2.50 per additional hour or part of an hour, $20 maximum per day. Vehicles over … Read more

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