http://www.santabarbaraca.com/things-to-do/beaches-parks

2. Get crafty: Stroll Cabrillo Boulevard along the waterfront on Sundays for the all-day Arts & Crafts Show, where you'll find items that include pottery, watercolors, funky hats and more.

Cabrillo Boulevard at State Street; (805) 962-8956, http://www.discoveramerica.com/ca/california/santa-barbara-arts-crafts-show.html

3. Put on your walking shoes: Red Tile Walking Tour of downtown Santa Barbara covers 12 blocks, has 17 stops and introduces you to 22 historic and architecturally interesting buildings.

http://www.santabarbaraca.com/includes/media/docs/Distinctive-Destination-Brochure.pdf

4. Brush up on art: Explore the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which is free on Sundays (donations suggested). More than 27,000 works of art make up the collection.

1130 State St.; (805) 963-4364, http://www.sbma.net

5. Walk on water: Explore the pier at Stearns Wharf, one of California's oldest working wharves, where fishermen unload their catch and tourists line up for seafood. http://www.stearnswharf.org/

6. Check your watch: Catch a great view of the city from the courthouse clock tower at the Santa Barbara County courthouse. You can tour the building, called "America's most beautiful government building," on a free docent-led tour (2 p.m. daily), or explore it on your own.

1100 Anacapa St.; (805) 882-4520, http://www.sbcourts.org/general_info/cthouse_info.htm

7. Join the party: Explore State Street, where you can shop, eat and soak up local culture.

http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/

8. Eat your fruits and veggies: Visit the Saturday farmers market downtown, where you'll find lots of variety, plus a few musicians performing for tips.

Santa Barbara and Cota streets, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; http://www.sbfarmersmarket.org/

9. Have oceans of fun: Visit Shoreline Park, a bluff-top recreation area that's one of Santa Barbara's most popular places. Scout for gray whales from January through March and blue whales from June through August.

Shoreline Drive at La Marina; http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/parks/parks_community_main.html

10. Take a cheap ride: Pay 25 cents for a trip on the Downtown-Waterfront Electric Shuttle, which runs 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

http://www.sbmtd.gov/maps-and-schedules/waterfront-shuttle.html

11. Get a pass to the past: Relive California's Spanish heritage at El Presidio, a Spanish-built fort founded in 1782. Admission $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, children 16 and younger are admitted free.

123 E. Canon Perdido St.; (805) 965-0093, http://www.sbthp.org/presidio.htm

12. Coast along the coast: Rent a bike at Wheel Fun Rentals and take a spin along the waterfront for great views. Beach cruisers, $8 an hour.

633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. and 22 State St.; (805) 966-2282, http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/Content/Home.aspx

13. Wine a little. Tackle Santa Barbara's Urban Wine Trail on foot and avoid the hassle of driving to the vineyards. Tastings $5-$10.

http://www.urbanwinetrailsb.com

14. Say a prayer: Founded more than 200 years ago, Old Mission Santa Barbara is one of the city's top tourist attractions. Self-guided tours, $1-$5.

2201 Laguna St.; (805) 682-4713, http://www.santabarbaramission.org/

15. Smell the flowers: More than five miles of meandering trails crisscross 73-acre Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which contains more than 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. It's a tranquil spot for a picnic or a stroll. Admission $4-$8.

1212 Mission Canyon Road; (805) 682-4726; http://www.sbbg.org

To learn more about Santa Barbara, the walk-in Visitor Center at 1 Garden St. (at Cabrillo Boulevard) can provide tour maps and other details. Visitors also can get information, maps and more on Santa Barbara's Conference & Visitors Bureau website, http://www.santabarbaraca.com or by calling (800) 676-1266.

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