Stearns Wharf is California's oldest working wharf. Visitors can see local fishing boats off-loading their morning catches, touch marine life in a special aquarium, enjoy a narrated whale-watching cruise aboard the Harbour Queen, shop the many stores, and enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and the coastline.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • There's something for everyone at this longtime Santa Barbara landmark. It's California's oldest working wharf and you can still watch the fishing boats off-load their morning catch.
  • You can take a whale-watching tour from the wharf; you can also fish, and if you need bait, tackle, or other necessities—including good local information—there's a bait and tackle shop on the wharf.
  • Eating and shopping are prime activities here, along with visiting a small natural history musem. Perhaps the oddest activity is getting a reading from Madame Rosinka, who has been at the wharf since 1951. Maybe she can tell you if the fishing will be good.

Cabrillo Blvd at State Street
Santa Barbara, California

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Telephone Number: 805-564-5526
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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