6/19: All SBPL locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for Juneteenth.


5/21-7/14: Eastside Library will be closed due to construction work.

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Ambassador Park

Learn more about the Chumash Cultural Project at Ambassador Park here.

Located across from West Beach, this small park has a scenic view of the harbor, wharf, and islands. Once part of the Chumash village of Syuxtun, the park contains Burton Mound, a California Historic Landmark named after former owner Don Luís Burton. Beginning in 1902, the site provided a promenade from the beach to the Potter (later, Ambassador) Hotel; the land became a City park in 1924 after the hotel burned down in 1921.

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  • Dogs On-Leash
  • Audio Tour (See Below)
Mission Creek

Explore the Coast

Santa Barbara is situated along the California Coastal Trail - a network of trails along California’s coast intended to provide use and enjoyment for walkers, bikers, equestrian riders, and wheelchair users, as well as connect coastal communities. Currently, 60 percent of the trail is complete, covering over 700 miles of California’s coastline. Within Santa Barbara, the trail includes over six miles of paved multi-use paths adjacent to some of Santa Barbara’s most popular beaches, dirt trails through open space parks, and amazing vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel and offshore islands. Users will experience the coastal breeze and enjoy sounds of the waves, while also noticing the bustling and thriving community nearly 90,000 people call home.

Download our free audio tour files and explore the coast like never before. They are provided in MP3 format and are compatible with most devices. The printable Santa Barbara Coastal Trail Map directs you to 11 stops as you listen to the stories that helped transform Santa Barbara's coast. Watch this video to learn more. 

Maps, podcasts and video were funded in part by the California State Coastal Conservancy through the "Explore the Coast" grant program.