Offered on set days, this free (tip-based) tour explores the nooks and crannies of this former warehouse district, now home to nearly 60 wineries, breweries, restaurants and art galleries.  As your local guide leads you through the eight-square block area, you’ll learn about past events and trends that shaped the area’s history as well as proposed future developments that could substantially alter this iconic and eclectic neighborhood.  Your adventure begins at 2pm and ends at 3:30 near the Goat Tree restaurant  (120 State St) directly across from the Hotel Californian.  Your guide will explain how the Funk Zone got its name, the history behind Santa Barbara becoming a premier wine producing region, Santa Barbara’s contribution to surfing, the old and new Hotel Californian, the Lark Restaurant, founding of Lockheed aircraft, the formation of McConnell’s ice cream and so much more.  We’ll go inside a local brewery and maybe visit a local artist!  Hand-picked 11 x 17 old photographs add to the experience.  All tour goers get a copy of our Funk Zone Map and 2 for 1 beer or wine tasting vouchers; redeemable at Validation Ale or Santa Barbara Winery.  And, might you be combining a tour with a birthday?   If so, let us know on the “Note to John” field on the reservation form and receive a free McConnell’s ice cream coupon!  Tips appreciated.  Cash or Cash or Venmo accepted.

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Things to Know

  • The tour is tip-based and our guides rely on your generous gratuities as their compensation. (Cash or Venmo).
  • Reservations are not necessary but highly recommended. Use the reservation system to see available dates and secure a spot.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 10 persons.  Two (2) person minimum needed to run the tour.
  • The tour will last about 90 minutes and is over level ground. We do walk across train tracks.  There are 2-3 places along the route where seating is available but otherwise be prepared to stand 5-8 minutes in between stops.  Most stops are in the shade.
  • See the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Parking Options

  1. Park in the parking garage behind the Hotel Californian.  This is literally just steps away from the tour start and end point.
  2. Park at the Amtrak Station, corner of Yanonali and State St.  Short 5 minute walk to and from tour starting point.
  3. Park at the Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street.  Short 5-7 minute walk to and from tour starting point.

Reserve the Funk Zone Tour today!