Whether you are a long-time local resident or a first-time visitor, this guided tour is a great way to learn about Santa Barbara’s unique past while walking along (and a few blocks behind) our beautiful waterfront. Topics covered include:
- Early explorers, Channel Islands, and Santa Barbara’s founding
- The Chumash Indians and life under the Missions
- Early travel modes and the SB train station
- 1925 Earthquake and impact on SB’s architecture
- Los Banos del Mar; how SB achieved health resort fame
- Stearns Wharf and the dolphin fountain
- Potter Hotel: A 5 star hotel for the rich and famous
- Moreton Bay Fig Tree: Spoiler Alert: It is NOT the biggest in the U.S.
- 1969 Oil Spill: Catalyst to the Environmental Movement?
- SB Yacht Harbor: An engineering feat or folly?
- Lockheed Aircraft and Sambos Restaurants: It all started here
- The Funk Zone: Transforming SB’s warehouse district
In addition to these main points of interest, you will learn fascinating facts about Santa Barbara’s past that even locals are largely unaware of. Finally, your tour guide has hand-selected key old photos (11 x 17) to help place you “back in time” for those places of interest addressed on the tour.