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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Sights

Sea Center

  • 211 Stearns Wharf Map It
  • Santa Barbara
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Updated 05/18/2015

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A branch of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the center specializes in Santa Barbara Channel marine life and conservation. Though small compared to aquariums in Monterey and Long Beach, this is a fascinating, hands-on marine science laboratory that lets you participate in experiments, projects, and exhibits, including touch pools. The two-story glass walls here open to stunning ocean, mountain, and city views. Purchase a Nature Pass, available here, for discounted admission to the center and the natural history museum.

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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California, 93101, United States

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  • $8
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 05/18/2015


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Nov 30, 2007

Gem in Santa Barbara

My husband and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Santa Barbara and found a gem. The Ty Warner Sea Center is small but great for the entire family. I really wasn't up for a museum and wanted to spend the day shopping on State street. My children talked me into it and I think I had as much fun if not more fun than they did. They have an area where you can bring up sand from the bottom of the ocean and sift through it. We found all sorts of creatures

that we examined under the microscope. They also have baby jellyfish, something I have never seen before. We will definitely be back again.

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