Visitors of Santa Barbara come for year-round sunshine and active days spent under the sun. While you’re here, however, it’s important not to forget to experience some incredible moonlit fun as well. Here are a couple of our favorite nighttime adventures:
Check out the Full Moon Paddles with the Paddle Sports Center, located just down the street from Hotel Milo. Participants paddle out just after the sunset, when the sky is still pink, to watch the moon rise. Rides cost $25 and are led by an instructor. Meet at the Harbor center between 6:30 and 7:30 pm for a two hour paddle and be sure to bring a headlamp!
Paddle Sports Center. 117 Harbor Way. 805 617 3425.
One of the most romantic ways to experience the full moon in Santa Barbara is aboard a sailboat with glass of wine in hand. Try booking a ride on the iconic Sunset Kidd for a night of music, drinks and spectacular views of the city and the mountains. Cruises last about two hours so dress warm and bring blankets!
Sunset Kidd Sailing Charters. 125 Harbor Way #13. 805 962 8222.
To truly enjoy the moonlight out in nature, try a night hike in Santa Barbara’s most expansive park. Located in the foothills, Parma Park has over five miles of trails and stunning views of the entire city. Try taking the Ridge Trail to Rowe’s table and consider yourself on top of the world at 775 feet!
Happy Hour at Boathouse
The Boathouse bar and restaurant on Hendry’s Beach is one of the best spots in town for a scenic happy hour. With an outdoor patio and huge glass windows, it’s not uncommon to see dolphins from your table. Get there for the sunset and stay into the night sipping the signature Blood Orange Margaritas.
Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach. 2981 Cliff Drive. 805 898 2628.
While you’re here, head to Shoreline Beach Cafe and treat yourself to a seafood dinner under the stars with your toes in the sand. Offering casual but quality dishes and located right on Leadbetter Beach, this place is a local favorite. Get there early to avoid crowds on the weekends and be sure to try the Ahi Salad.
Shoreline Beach Cafe. 801 Shoreline Drive. 805 568 0064.