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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara's 140-year-old pier, is the city's number one tourist attraction with an estimated 5 million visitors each year.
SANTA BARBARA, CA (Catholic Online) - The pier, which extends nearly 2,000 feet into the ocean off of State Street, seemed to have nearly all its visitors on one sunny day as tourists strolled along during Spring Break.
The popular pier features restaurants, gift stores, ice cream shops, boat rides, bait shops, a fortune teller, and amazing views of both the city and the Santa Ynez Mountains. It seems that this wharf has it all to offer.
Built in 1872 by John P. Stearns, the Stearns Wharf is California's oldest working wharf. The pier once served gambling interests, was closed by the Navy during World War II, and suffered fires in the years 1973 and 1998 that closed the wharf for a few years.
Today, Stearns Wharf is an excellent place to visit if you're in the Santa Barbara region. The pier is free to walkers, while parking is $2.50 an hour or first 90 minutes free with a parking validation.
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