8 Best Santa Barbara Tours: Boat Trips, Wine Country, Apple Picking & More!

santa-barbara-toursFrom hot air balloon rides, feeding ostriches and jeep rides through the sand dunes, Santa Barbara sure has lots to offer! Whether you are looking for an exclusive wine-tasting tour to the vineyards or you would prefer a dinner cruise in the Santa Barbara Channel, a limo provider can make your excursion even better. What could possibly be better than arriving for your plane- or boat tour with a stretch luxurious limousine? Whether it’s for a birthday party, an outing with friends or for a romantic getaway — let us help you plan out your dream day on the American Riviera. Looking for a tour where you can pick your own fruits? Or would you prefer a tour of the Native-American historic places, or maybe a safari whale-watching cruise in the harbor? These are our picks for the best getaway tours in the city of Santa Barbara!

8. Apple-Picking Tours

apple-pickingA fun adventure for the whole family could be apple-picking at an apple farm. You’ll have many choices in picking an apple farm, but Apple Lane Orchards in Solvang is the most popular for limo service clientele and should definitely be checked out! Here you can pick Golden- and Red Delicious in September-October and  Granny Smith apples October and November. Other alternatives for apple-picking include the Ballard Apple Farm, Greenhaven Orchard, Golden Hills Orchards, Country Harvest Apple Orchard, Loyal’s Family Farm and Mueller’s Apple Farm.

7. Feeding Ostriches

feeding-ostriches-at-ostrichlandFeeding the ostriches and emus as Buellton’s Ostrich Land U.S.A. has become an increasingly popular activity. Our limousine services often head here on tours with families, for kid’s birthday parties and other trips. Here children and adults alike can have fun while photographing and hanging out with the world’s largest birds. And let’s face it, how often do you get the chance to feed ostriches yourself? You can also try out ostrich meat, if you dare, and you can check out or buy gigantic ostrich eggs. Ostrich feathers, oils and jerky are just a few more of the souvenirs available at their gift shop. Being located in Buellton nearby the magnificent wine country, a trip to OstrichLand U.S.A. is easily combined with a Santa Barbara wine-tasting tour by limo or party bus.

6. Touring the Channel Islands


The sand dunes at Santa Rosa Island

Yet another limo service destination is the Channel Islands National Park. These five islands make up the majority of the California Channel Islands and is a place visited for numerous reasons. Nicknamed “the North American Galapagos Islands”, these islands are home to many animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth. In fact, there are 145 plant- and animal species on these islands that are found nowhere else on the planet. One example is the Channel Island Fox, an endemic fox species that inhabits most of the islands. As each of the islands are unique and different from the others, do some research on the different islands and find out which one you’d like to pay a visit to. Santa Cruz Island is the largest and maybe most diverse. Here you can find caves, forests, beaches, mountains, cliffs and more. Santa Rosa Island may have the most scenic white sandy beaches, while Anacapa Island is small and relatively easy to explore. The national park can be visited by Island Packers.

5. Jeep Riding Tours

With off-road jeep trips in the mountain side, on the beaches and in wine country, Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours are a great way of bonding with friends or family while at the same time enjoying beautiful sceneries and a lot of fun! There are four types of trips offered: sunset-, mountain-, discovery- and wine-tasting tours. The trips take place in six-passenger jeeps and take place in the Santa Ynez Mountains and Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara’s backyard wine country. Have fun, explore the vineyards, check out the Ronald Reagan Ranch and enjoy the backcountry! These trips are becoming increasingly more sought-after for limo and airport sedans clients in Southern California. Prefer riding in the sand dunes? Check out Pacific Adventure Tours for Hummer rentals at the Oceano Sand Dunes and Pismo Beach!

4. Sunset Dining Cruise

One of the most romantic getaways on the American Riviera are the sunset dining cruises in the Santa Barbara Channel offered by the Sailing Center. Here you can enjoy wines, cocktails and beer in the full bar while enjoying a dinner with your significant other while watching the waves at sea. Private dinner cruise rentals are available by the Condor Express. For alternative trips, check out the various tours offered by Sunset Kidd, the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and Condor Express! Some of the trips offered by Sunset Kidd include their full moon cruises, valentine’s day cruise, parade of lights cruise and others. Wine-tasting cruises are offered by both Sunset Kidd and the Sailing Center. Live music tours are offered by the Sailing Center and the Condor Express.

3. Whale-Watching Cruise Tours


A dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel

Whale-watching watching boat tours in the Santa Barbara Channel can be a lot fun, enjoyed by families or couples. Here you will get the chance to observe dolphins, porpoises, Blue whales, Humpback whales, seals, sea lions, killer whales, and more! These tours are offered by Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises, Santa Barbara Sailing Center’s Double Dolphin, Condor Cruises, Captain Don’s on Stearns Wharf, and by Island Packers in Ventura. Why not book a limo service to the harbor to go whale-watching with the kids, family, significant other or anyone with an interest or love of wildlife.

2. Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Wine Country

Experiencing the Santa Ynez Valley and its gorgeous vineyards from above can be a beautiful experience. Here you can bring your significant other along for a romantic balloon ride above the rolling green vineyards and picturesque nature. Contact Sky’s the Limit Ballooning in Los Olivos for a unique balloon ride over Santa Ynez. Alternatively, check out Windhaven Glider Rides or Red Baron Aviation for plane rides over the valley.

1. Santa Barbara Wine-Tasting Tours

There are many wineries, vineyards and wine-tasting venues spread throughout the American Riviera, in the city as well as the nearby wine country in the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Maria Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. Some of the most popular Santa Barbara wine-tasting tours are those to wineries such as Bridlewood, Sunstone and Firestone. These mansions are located in maybe Southern California’s most gorgeous vineyards and are surrounded by pristine nature, rolling hills and ever-green vineyards. Our limousines and airport sedans are daily servicing these vineyards, where we offer top rated wine tours with exclusive price-match-guarantees for all our customers. The small vineyard towns of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos are definitely worth the visit, for the night or just for the day. Here you can stroll the streets of these all-American small towns and enjoy the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of the wine country.

See also: Top 5 Best Southern California Wine-Tasting Tours!

Horseback-riding at the Alisal Guest Ranch

Of course there are many more tours to be enjoyed in Santa Barbara. Prefer a flight over wine country and the city to take photos? Check out Spitfire Aviation, which specializes in flights for photographing over Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley! How about a tour of the various wine-tasting rooms in the city? Try the Urban Wine Trail! For those interested in checking out the city, check out the red-tile tours, Segway tours or trolley tours! For those with an interest in local history and Native-American pictographs, why not get a limo or party bus to see the historic sites of the city and the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park? For surfing, check out the Lovewater Surf School, and for go-karting, research the great Jim Hall Kart Racing School. The tours “Eat This, Shoot That!” and “Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours” are two great tour ideas for those interested in visited the great eateries and learning more about the great diners and iconic Santa Barbara dishes. If you’re looking for horseback-riding you’ll have many choices in Santa Barbara. One of our favorites include the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, where you can try horseback-riding in one of Southern California’s most beautiful nature areas with forests, creeks and mountains. For whatever tour and for whatever reason or occasion, limousine services can add an additional tour to your tour, and make your day a day to remember for life!

Limousine service at Santa Barbara Bowl

8 Best Santa Barbara Tours: Boat Trips, Wine Country, Apple Picking & More!