Family Friendly Spring Break in Santa Barbara

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Spring is fast approaching, giving families a chance to take a break and get some fresh air. Compared to America’s many solid spring break destinations, Santa Barbara stands out as a top family spring break destination in the U.S.

The coastal city boasts the perfect blend of festive and laid back environments, perfect weather, and enlightening cultural institutions. If you’re thinking about where to spend your spring break, be sure to check out these reasons why Santa Barbara is one of the top west coast spring break options.

Be One with Nature

Milo_Neighborhood_Posts_WhaleWatching_FeatureAppreciate some fresh air and experience the beautiful landscape and various species of animals during your stay in Santa Barbara. See the spectacular exotic animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo, located less than two miles from Hotel Milo. The zoo features a stunning array of exotic animals, housing 146 different species all together, including a giant anteater, a California Condor and an Asian Elephant – to name but a few.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, just 15 minutes from Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, is another must-see for families. Art, culture, nature, and science converge in this museum filled with interactive exhibits and play areas, which create a sense of wonderment for kids of all ages.

If being in and around the water is your preference, go on a whale watching cruise and be in awe at the amount of different species of whales and dolphins are just waiting to be spotted. (The Santa Barbara Channel is home to over 27 different species throughout the year!)

The City Itself

Mission1600x500Santa Barbara is just plain beautiful, which is honestly the most important element in choosing an ideal spring break destination. You and your family can relax on our amazing beaches, explore wine country with various tours and bike riding excursions, or check out the amazing art scene in our renowned Funk Zone neighborhood. The options and fun are seemingly limitless, which makes this Santa Barbara one of the best places to go on spring break in the United States.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is located mere minutes from Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, the beach, and a wide variety of things to do along the California coast. Teenagers will appreciate the youthful vibe of the Funk Zone and parents can take advantage of the many delicious adult-beverages (local wine and craft beer) for which the area is well-known.


Dinner Party

Evenings filled with revelry and relaxation are at the core of the spring break spirit. As veterans of the Santa Barbara nightlife scene, our first recommendation for vacationers would be to stop by The Neighborhood for a quintessential bar experience, including fun games and an easy atmosphere. Check out The Velvet Jones or The James Joyce for good live music and great cocktails.

Family-Friendly Hotel


Our family friendly hotel offers spacious guestrooms and a convenient location  just across the street from the beach which make bringing the whole family enjoyable and easy. Hotel Milo Santa Barbara has two pools, access to West Beach, and complimentary continental breakfast each day. Cribs are available for complimentary loan and children can sleep in the existing bed for free. Included in our resort free, bike loan and high speed Wi-Fi (for that tween/teen of yours that can’t seem to disconnect) are available throughout your stay.