Lil' Toot is a tug boat with 19 person capacity. It scoots back and forth between the wharf and the harbor daily (during summer) between 12-5:30/5:45. It shows marine life, points out the notable vessels in the harbor and shares local knowledge.
Location: the Harbor (departs on the hour and half past) or the Wharf (departing at 15 past and 45 past the hour)
Directions: To the harbor, take the 101 to Castillo St and turn towards the water. Turn left at the end onto Cabrillo Blvd/Shoreline Dr. Turn left onto Harbor Way. It is located at 113 Harbor Way, docking in front of the Maritime Museum. To the wharf, take the 101 to Castillo St and turn towards the water. Turn left at the end onto Cabrillo Blvd/Shoreline Dr. Turn right onto Stearns Wharf. The office is at 237 Stearns Wharf past the seas center and the shops on the Montecito side of the wharf.
Time Spent: 15 minute narrated ride (Boats leave on time so allow time for buying tickets and you may have to wait to depart depending on arrival time).
On the wharf, if you are waiting, you can visit the sea center, have lunch at Char West or Longboards, eat ice cream at The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company or sweets from Mother Stearns Candy Company.
At the harbor, if you are waiting, you can visit the Maritime Museum, catch the view from the Santa Barbara Visitors Center (above the Maritime Museum), walk the flag walk out to Sandspit Beach or eat lunch at On the Alley or Chomp on the Rocks.
Cost: $5/$2 per one way ride with a beach stroll back and $10/$4 round trip
Hours: the Harbor (departs on the hour and half past) or the Wharf (departing at 15 past and 45 past the hour)
Parking: At the harbor, paid parking is available in the harbor lot with $ per hour (there is a 90 minutes free lot too). At the Wharf, paid parking is available on the pier with 75 minutes free.
Nearby: West Beach, Sea Center, Maritime Museum, Harbor Walk and East Beach
More info: https://www.celebrationsantabarbara.com/cruises/public-cruises/narrated-boat-rides/
Kid Quotes: "I liked Charlie (the sea lion)." -- 7 year old; "I liked feeling the wind and the ocean." 10 year old
|Harbor from the Visitor Center|
|Harbor from Lil Toot|
|Pelicans and Cormorants|
|Visitor Center Deck|
|Wharf from the Water|