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- 98%Family Travelers
- 86%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Budget Travelers
- 83%Local Culture
- 57%Adventure Travelers
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- Stearns WharfMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 22, 2013
Chat with fishermen as pelicans land nearby at the end of Stearns Wharf, then meander along the wooden path with the mountains as a backdrop, and see which restaurant takes your fancy. If you get a bit lost, take a peek at the giant compass and regain your bearings.Recommended for:
- Stearns WharfMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 04, 2012
I only spent about 30 minutes here each time I visited. It's a pretty popular place for people to check out. I love how there are these blankets with signs/buckets placed along the pier that solicit money from you. Whoever came up with that idea was a genius! So the signs pretty much as you for money or have some joke/insult that challenges you to toss your money into the targets/buckets/etc. It's really funny and I have only seen it here at Stearns Wharf.
- Stearns WharfJan 08, 2014
In 1872 construction was completed on what had just become the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California's South Coast for over a quarter century.
When the railroad finally reached Santa Barbara in 1877, Stearns added an additional spur to the wharf, providing a necessary transport link to his lumberyard and the nearby Southern Pacific Depot. The spur was damaged by severe storms in the early 1900's and was ultimately abandoned in 1923. A railroad logging car remains on the spur as a legacy of the times.
The Harbor Restaurant was built on the wharf in 1941, marking an end to the shipping and transportation era of the 1800's. The restaurant proved to be the economic backbone of the wharf.
Since its beginning, Stearns Wharf has had its share of natural and economic disasters, from the big earthquake in 1925 to a fire in 1973 which caused its closing. The wharf stayed closed for six years until restorations began, and in the fall of 1981 it finally reopened. Yet another fire in the winter of 1998 devastated the last hundred and fifty feet of the wharf, including Moby Dick Restaurant. Though the rest of the wharf remained open during this period, the rebuilding took over two years. The new Stearns Wharf stands today as Santa Barbara's most visited landmark, with restaurants, shops, and the Ty Warner Sea Center drawing visitors.
- Stearns WharfMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersMay 22, 2013
Just a great place to stroll and people watch in Santa Barbara. You can walk to the end of the pier and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at one of the restaurants there, or you can rent a little bicycle cart with fringe canopy on top and pedal your way along the beach path. After you're done in the area, walk up towards the restaurants on State St. for dinner!
- Stearns WharfNov 18, 2012
rain ISN'T falling...
When I realized this pier was a 5 minute walk from my hotel (Hotel Oceana), I knew I had to go here. Lucky me was able to take a Sunday morning run along this pier and on the walkway along the Pacific. It was around 7am, so there wasn't anyone around besides other morning joggers and/or tourists. So I can't tell you how busy this place is. But I can tell you that there are a few restaurants on the pier and a parking lot, which you must pay for.
There are benches to sit on to admire the Santa Barbara coast and I felt at peace even though I was sweating from running. The walkway along the coast is also pretty nice to run/walk along. There were quite the amount of people working out, walking their pets, or riding a bike. A few homeless people are along the walkway, but nothing where I had to deal with a pee puddles to run around!
- Stearns WharfMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 8Jul 05, 2012
This photo is from the First annual Turbo SB Beach polo tournament. Lots of people came around to watch the games from the bird's eye view from the pier. This is a great place to visit in general, but it's great to be part of the summer time events in Santa Barbara. The tournament was held in conjunction with the annual Semana Nautica festival.
- Stearns WharfFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Go during the summer - like I did this past weekend and the weather was PERECT. I wore shorts and a tank and the sun was on me but you felt the ocean breeze. It was perfect and around noonish.
NO BARE FEET OR HEELS!
I wore sandals but this is a warning for anyone going there especially if you want to eat a nice dinner on the wharf and the ladies want to wear heels... don't.
Lots of restaurants and small souvenir shops. Also FISHING!
It was a nice place to walk around and smell the fresh sea air.
The beach next to it was eh dirty-ish but it's a nice place nonetheless.
Some hobos and panhandlers asking for money too.
There is the electric bus for 25 cents that brings you to and from State Street. Good deal.
Take a photo with the famous Dolphins Statue!