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It's a smaller version of Fisherman's Wharf in SF. It's beautiful, and there's pier parking -- free for 1 hour, I believe. It's a must tourist destination if you visit here! PS: s/o to the custodian who cleaned up the 9/11 diarrhea explosion in the women's bathroom. My god, wtf is wrong with people. I can never unsee it.
There is something magical about being on top of the ocean, breathing the salt air and immersing yourself in the stunning views before you. Stearns Wharf, in Santa Barbara, is just one of those places that rewards you with just that, and more. Recently, I have been traveling to Santa Barbara regularly (mainly to eat) and the Wharf should be a "must see and visit" item on your itinerary. Apart from the relaxing vistas, there are several places to dine, and the restaurants come with superb oceanfront views. Stearns Wharf is a pleasant walking distance from the Amtrak train station. So you have no excuse to not pay a visit to this charming destination in Santa Barbara.
Beautiful wharf with gorgeous views just perfect for a two hour stroll. You can park on the wharf however I would recommend parking on the main streets outside and do the walk there and back to get the whole experience. Lots of restaurants and folks fishing, plus an ice cream and candy shop for the kids. There's also a little cruise station which has a ramp down to the water and is stroller friendly.
It's a pier that can be walked or driven with parking. I've seen larger and heavier duty piers on the east coast though this one has many businesses. You can only fish toward the end where there is a cleaning station, large horizontally laid poles to sit on and fishing rods holders. The best part of the pier are the views you can see from the shore. The bathrooms are decently kept.
Great spot to take plentiful pictures of Santa Barbara and the beach. A few shops mostly with souvenirs and such. A few restaurants and a museum. We were disappointed the museum was closed by the time we arrived. Check in advance! A bit noisy as the vehicles are driving across the wooden wharf. There was a bit of a line to enter the Wharf but paying for parking was easy. Great place for great views!!!
An absolute must visit while during your time in Santa Barbara. Parking is pretty easy, and you'll enjoy walking the platform. If you're tempted to eat ice cream, don't do it--it's quite bad and an overcharge for such poor quality. The seafood spots are legit, and you'll find something you like. They have lobster rolls! Last, take lots of photos. It's extremely scenic, born the ocean view and Santa Barbara from a distance.
This place was fun ! A unique experience for sure ! You can drive up on the pier and park and get some food. In my opinion none of the food looked good but it's a nice walk along the pier and a great view of the ocean! Parking is free first 1 1/2 hours free first 2 hours with disability placard.
Stearns Wharf is a popular wharf in Santa Barbara. It was touristy and crowded, but it does have some pretty views. It's probably a must see for its location in Santa Barbara, but I didn't find it to be one of the highlights of exploring Santa Barbara!
Pretty dead place on a Monday morning, with lots of tourists ambling about with nothing to do. There are eateries, but only two of them are open and most of them have no opening times posted. Pretty lame.
COOL LANDMARK ! My wife and I were up in Santa Barbara for a few days to celebrate her birthday. On Saturday we rented a couple of eBikes from E-Bikery and rode along the beach bike path. We checked out the iconic Stearns Wharf which has been in operation since 1872. AMAZING ! There are a number of restaurants and other businesses on the wharf which attract 1000's of visitors every day. Many yachts and small sail boats are moored beside the wharf. VERY POPULAR ! NOTE - Of course with over 22 million views of my Yelp reviews and pics in 2022 I can tell you what is great !
Review of Stearns Wharf, from Tripadvisor
Ranked #24 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara. No visit to Santa Barbara would be complete wtihout a stroll down this beautiful wharf. Also a great place for that Kodak moment while visitng Santa Barbara.
Amy K. Los Angeles
Review of Stearns Wharf, from Gogobot Reviews
Relax by enjoying a meal outdoors on the patio of the Harbor Restaurant, then walk around the wharf breathing in the fresh ocean air. Christine M