by Emma Zavala and Kristen Sell
Summer is creeping up on us, and although most people are looking forward to getting out of school, some might not know what to do with all this free time. Luckily, for us, Santa Barbara has many opportunities to get outside and have fun during summer.
Santa Barbara has many natural wonders: the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and the luscious rolling hills. But you could also have a blast shopping downtown and joining interactive summer camps.
With the heat of the hot summer sun shining down on Santa Barbara, you could almost go to the beach any of the 90 days of summer. There are plenty of opportunities for a great time at the beach including playing volleyball with friends, boogie boarding, surfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, tide-pooling, or even just walking on the pier.
The only days you can’t go to the beach due to weather are what we call “June Gloom” days. We suggest to save these days for the other activities available. There are tons of hikes for all different sorts of fun. Some of our favorite hikes are Tangerine Falls, Inspiration Point, Knapp’s Castle, Gaviota Wind Caves, Gaviota Hot Springs, and Tequepis Trail. For a more strenuous hike, Arlington Peak is a great trail to hike. Even though the drought has made most areas dry, there are still some amazing views of the city and the ocean from these hikes.
Over the summer, many people choose to get involved with camps such as Junior Lifeguards (JG’s) or a UCSB Camp. JG’s is a great way to get in shape and spend time at the beach while also being able to hang out with friends. UCSB Camps offer many different activities to take part in at the UCSB campus.
Many people forget that summer also has holidays! Well… sort of. Don’t forget to attend the Summer Solstice Parade and Fiesta Days for some great experiences that celebrate the warm summer season. Summer Solstice is a fun way to celebrate the long days of summer and go to a fun festival. Fiesta, both the parade and the festival, celebrate the old Spanish days of Santa Barbara. There are horses, booths, and rides to entertain people of all ages.
So if you’re thinking of staying in town this summer, it may not be as boring as you may think. There are many fun things to do with friends or just by yourself, so whatever you choose to do, make sure to have a fun summer in Santa Barbara!