Established by local retiree John Ummel in 2017, Walking Tours Santa Barbara was inspired by the tip-based tours commonly found in Europe. We offer three tours (Waterfront, Funk Zone and Old Town) each lasting about 90-105 minutes. We offer free and private paid tours.
For our free (public) tours, our guides rely on your generous gratuities as their compensation. We work hard to make your experience worth every penny. If there is no public tour offered on a day/time that is convenient for you, please contact us to inquire about arranging a private tour.
All tours are easily walkable. Some seating is provided on both the Waterfront and Funk Zone tours. Tour size rarely exceeds ten people which allows for more interaction.
It is not uncommon for people to comment that our tours rank among the best they have encountered. Whether it’s learning about how our harbor was constructed, the events that ushered in the City’s unique architectural style, or the history of growing grapes in Santa Barbara, rest assured our tours are informative, entertaining and fun. Considerable time was spent researching the content for each tour, uncovering fascinating facts that even the locals don’t know about.