Saturday, March 19, 2011

Unique Santa Barbara Area Weekly Walking Tours

Tour Unique Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito, Cachuma and Coastal Areas

Saturday and Sundays 2-4 pm
Rancho La Patera and Historic Stow House Tours
(photo from stowhouse website)
304 North Los Carneros Road, Goleta
$5/adults; free children 12 and younger

Sundays 10-noon
on the coast north of Goleta
Arroyo Hondo Preserve Docent Tours
Between Refugio State Beach and Gaviota State Park

(photo by Randy Leffingwell from Landtrust website)
Join docents on hike along creek and to lookout point with ocean and canyon views.
The 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve is called the "Jewel of the Gaviota Coast.". 
Reservations required 567-1115;  Free

Daily 9am -5 pm
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara
(photo of painting by B.J. Stapen; )
Admission:  $8/adults - $6/seniors, children13-17,
active military with ID,
$4 children 2-12, under 2 free

Daily 2pm; 10:30 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Tours
1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
begin in the Mural Room on second floor
Courthouse Garden Tours
10:30 am first & third Saturday of month
Meet under large Courthouse Arch on Anacapa Street

Saturday (Sabado) Tour  10-noon
Historic Downtown Santa Barbara Art and Architecture Walking Tours
See the historic de la Guerra Adobe, El Paseo, The Hill-Carrillo Adobe
the Meridian Studios, Lobero Theatre and much much more.
Learn what created the stunning transformation and forever changed
Santa Barbara from ordinary to extraordinary.
Leaves from the centrally located de la Guerra Plaza
Sundays (Domingo) 10-noon
Central Library 40 E. Anapamu Street
Post 1925 Earthquake Architecture, Landscape Design and History of Santa Barbara
Both Tours Presented by the
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
no baby strollers or dogs; rain cancels.
$10 general, free to children age 3-12 (must be accompanied by adult)

Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 23rd
10 am - 1:30 pm
Madame Ganna Waleska's Lotusland

Art Exhibit and Tour
"Gone," 25 paintings of extinct plants, recreated from historical descriptions by botanists.
Docent-guided tour.
$35 adults 19 +, $10 youth, $10 5-18, free children 4 and younger
reservations must 969-9990;

Saturday 10 am
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park Docent Tour
Park entrance across from Sandyland and Ash avenues in Carpinteria
Docent-led tour provides history of the landmark's rescue and geology, flora and fauna
free 684-4060

Saturdays 10 am - noon
Cachuma Nature Walk

Meet at Cachuma Lake Nature Center
2265 Highway 154
Lake Cachuma naturalists and volunteers lead one-mile walk on Oak Canyon Trail
Free with $8 park admission/per vehicle
Also available are 2 hour Nature Lake Cruises approapriate for all ages including handicapped.
688-4515 or
Watch for the April 16th Annual Trout Derby April 9 & 11th

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