The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Ty Warner Sea Center is a fun, engaging, interactive marine education facility located on Stearns Wharf. Owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Ty Warner Sea Center fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world.
We love this place! This is a not a huge museum but it is worth stop by with the kids every now and then. Very hands on! There's a shark tank where you can interact with and pet the sharks and other sea life, a tidepool tank and various other displays such as an octopus, moray eel, jellyfish, etc. There's also an area of where they dredge up sand and sea life from below and let you sift through it, looking for interesting things under easy to use microscopes.
Make a day of it in Santa Barbara, have lunch, stop by the carousel at Chase Palm Park, ride bikes along the beach, shop and eat on State Street, etc.
The Sea Center is located at 211 Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., major holidays excepted. As of August 2011, admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+) and teens (13-17) and $5 for children (2-12). But BETTER YET...do as we did and purchase a family membership at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and get in FREE anytime you want to both museums! It's great!
For more info visit www.sbnature.org/seacenter or call 805.962.2526.