Monday, July 19, 2021

Santa Barbara Courthouse

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a local icon and the view from the top is a great (quick) destination for kids. A couple years back we discovered you can also go inside to see the workings of the clock which is especially impressive when the clock is chiming. We often picnic here on the anniversary of my first date with my husband.  In non-COVID times, there are tours, but with kids it is better to self tour and if they get bored you can skip parts. 

Why it is a favorite: My kids like the history of mom and dad's first date.

Location: 1100 block of Anacapa St across from the Santa Barbara Library

Courthouse View North

Directions: Take 101 to the Mission exit. Turn toward the mountains and then right onto Anacapa St.

Time Spent: 15 minutes to 1/2 hour (more for the picnic) 

Cost: Free 

Courthouse View East

Hours: M-F 8-4 and Weekends 10-4:30 (call or check since times have changed during 2020/2021)

Parking: Parking Lot 7 is across Anacapa and has free parking

Clock Interior

More info: The Courthouse history and tours and the clock 

Kid Quotes: "(The clock) is so complicated." 10 year old  "I love courthouse picnics." 7 year old

Clock Interior 2


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