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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Critzer

Day Trip from Ventura to Santa Barbara

The most perfect day trip itinerary!

  • Pacific Surfliner Train | Amtrak Purchase train tickets online for around $26 round trip (depending on the times)

  • Board train! Allow time for parking (pro tip: pack a few Claws, or your Starbucks for the ride

  • Depart 11am- 39 East Harbor Blvd, Ventura

  • Arrive 11:40- 209 State St

  • 20 min walk to bike rentals

  • Grab a sip(on the way to the bike rental) at Santa Barbara Winery

  • Go online while you get your drink on and reserve the bikes/fill out waiver for an easy pick up!

  • Santa Barbara Bikes to go! There are other bike rentals down by the water. I liked that this place was a bit of a walk through the Funk Zone

  • (25/person for 3hrs)

  • City Tour Bike Map

  • Ride up to Mission Rose garden

  • BYO charcuterie and champs

  • Joy ride! Ride down to the beach or grab an afternoon pick me up

  • Dune Coffee

  • Return bikes by 4pm

  • Dinner in the Funk Zone at Lama Dog Tap Room

  • Grab an ice cream cone if you have a minute before your train at McConnells

  • If you’re ready for another drink, drop by J Wilkes

  • Hop on the train back to VTA

  • Depart 7pm

  • Arrive 7:40

What to Pack:

  • Sunscreen

  • Comfortable walking sandals or cute tennis shoes

  • Jeans you can move in and a cute/ functional top!

  • A light sweater!

  • Backpack/cooler with drinks for train and picnic

  • Charcuterie supplies

  • Picnic blanket

  • Portable charger if you’ll be out all day!

Have so much fun!


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