Anyone who has lived in, or been to Santa Barbara knows that Stearns Wharf is the place to go for food and fun. Stearns Wharf is located at 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 93109 (www.stearnswharf.org). If you follow State Street to the ocean, you will find it! Ian Filippini is a frequent visitor of Stearns Wharf and can tell us all about it.
Stearns Wharf is named after the man who built it, John P. Stearns. The wharf was built in 1872 and served both commercial shipping and passenger vessel needs for over 25 years. More information about the history of Stearns Wharf can be found at http://www.stearnswharf.org/history.php.
Ian Filippini knows that there are so many fun activities to do at the wharf, and he talks about some of them here. Ian loves that you can take a ride on a water taxi around the Santa Barbara Harbor. It is a great way to see the coastline and hopefully see some local sea life!
Another way Ian loves to see the Santa Barbara sea life is to visit the Sea Center, also on the wharf. There are some great educational opportunities there, and also a lot of fun to be had. If you want to get even more up close and personal to some sea life, you can go to Stearns Wharf bait and tackle and do some fishing right off the pier!
Of course while you are having all of this fun, you may work up an appetite; this is why Mr. Filippini recommends visiting any of the wonderful restaurants on the wharf. There is Moby Dick’s (www.mobydicksb.com), Longboard’s Grill (www.longboardsgrillsb.com), as well as the Harbor Restaurant (www.harborsb.com).
On the wharf there are also souvenir shops, ice cream and a wonderful candy store. If you are a local, or just visiting Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf is a great place to go spend the day to experience a variety of fun activities!