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The walkable destination of Santa Barbara is a great choice if you've been considering a vacation with the kids. The biking trails, beaches, and cafés are just some of the things that make this an attractive family vacation destination. Arrange a flight into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), which is the closest airport, or Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is located 25 mi (40.3 km) from the city center. Santa Barbara offers 135 child-friendly hotels and other accommodations so you'll have a variety of options when you're deciding where to stay.
Families on vacation have good things to say about these accommodations:
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach: Offers an outdoor pool, free parking, and free breakfast. Guests like the central location at this 3-star hotel.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria - Features an outdoor pool, free valet parking, and free buffet breakfast. This 2.5-star hotel is popular with guests for its overall comfort.
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara - Offers 2 outdoor pools, free cribs, and in-room refrigerators. Guests like the overall comfort and central location at this 3.5-star hotel.
Inn By The Harbor - Features an outdoor pool, free parking, and free breakfast. The overall comfort and central location make this 2.5-star hotel popular with guests.
Hotel Corque - Offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and free parking. Guests like the overall comfort and central location at this 4-star hotel.
You're likely hoping for good weather for your family trip. Use these tips to plan when to pack up the kids and head to Santa Barbara.
While you are visiting Santa Barbara, you might want to round up the kiddos and make time to see interesting attractions such as Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in the area's activities like Presidio Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Mission Santa Barbara.Santa Barbara is also well-known for its:
If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from Santa Barbara Station, Goleta Station, or Carpinteria Station. Santa Barbara might not have very many public transit options so consider renting a car to explore more.