Incorporated on April 9, 1850, the city of Santa Barbara is popular destination Ventura County folks as it can be reached in about an hour via the 101. Santa Barbara is referred to as the American Riviera, with the longest south-facing section of coastline on the west coast.
The city was inhabited by the Chumash over 13,000 years ago. But it received its name from Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602 when he entered the channel on December 4th, the day of the feast of Santa Barbara.
If I had to move from the Conejo Valley to some other place in the world, Santa Barbara would be on my short list for its temperate weather, laid back feel and oh so many things to do, which we will highlight below.
Museums and Historic Sites
- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
- Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
- Mission Historical Park and A.C. Postel Garden
- Old Mission Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
- Reagan Ranch Center Exhibit Galleries
- Santa Barbara Historical Museum
- Casa de la Guerra Museum
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art
- MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
- Carpinteria Valley Museum of History