Local lumberyard owner John P. Stearns built this wharf in 1872 so deep-water ships could park here and offload goods and passengers safely onto dry land. Stearns Wharf was the longest deep-water pier between San Francisco and Los Angeles at the time.
Today the historic wharf is Santa Barbara’s most visible and visited landmark. Walk to the end for great views, and check out the shops, restaurants and the Sea Center along the way.
Park on the pier (limited spaces available) or in the nearby waterfront lots. You can park free for 90 minutes if a merchant validates your ticket.