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Stearns Wharf

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Address: 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-564-5530
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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular...

Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.

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nice walk

Nothing particularly special in terms of attractions but a very pretty walk. Can be a bit windy so be prepared.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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88 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nothing particularly special in terms of attractions but a very pretty walk. Can be a bit windy so be prepared.

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Coppell
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're in Santa Barbara take the time to stroll out on the wharf. Beautiful views and photo ops, great place to watch the sunset. Stop in the Conway Family Deep Sea tasting room for a cozy break and a flight of wine. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Cars are allowed free for 90 minutes with a small fee for longer... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked from our hotel to the pier. Cars can park there for a limited timeframe. We were able to look out to the islands and there are tours that can be taken. We did not have time to do that. Should walk this if you have the time.

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Thank Mary D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The wharf has beautiful photo opportunities with the ocean and mountain backdrop. There are places to grab lunch or a quick snack, although we didn't eat on the wharf. There is parking on the wharf itself (not sure of cost), but we rode the hotel bikes to the very end. A word to parents of toddlers/young children: There is no... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It nice to walk around and check the view and the little shops. I also enjoy next by the park there were some local artist selling pictures, earrings etc.

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Thank WorldCitizen210
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you've come to Santa Barbara, Stevens Wharf is a must. Walk along the boardwalk, check out the little shops. Buy some fudge from the candy shop - it is incredible!

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expected more shopping and stuff to see, but there were just a few restaurants along the pier with not much else to do. Skip this if you're short on time.

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't have alot of time to kill but this place was worth checking out. You can either walk out on it or drive. There are two restaurants on the pier, as well as gift shops and a museum. It was a gorgeous day as well. Lots of people walking around, but still peaceful. We walked around the shops, and... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drive down as far as you can then get out and walk to the very end with your sweetheart for a beautiful view of the city,the water, and the stars.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place, small pier compared to other ones but cleanest one I have been too. Blue waters no stinky fishy smell in the air. Love this place!

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