Possibly one of the best sights in Carpinteria - the Harbor Seal Rookery! Every winter the harbor seals take shelter on the Carpinteria beach to give birth to their cubs and warm up on the beach. Since the cubs aren't born with a protective layer of fat, they collect heat by laying out in the sun during the winter months.
Historical tourists will find Santa Barbara an interesting place to visit, with its many ancient cultural gems interspersed throughout the city. Most of the sites blend so nicely into the landscape that you might not even realize that they’re on the National Register of Historic Places! These are a few of our favorite…
Allan Herschell 3-Abreast Carousel – 1916
Painted Cave – 200-1000 years old
Santa Barbara Presidio – 1782
Casa de la Guerra – 1828
Santa Barbara Courthouse – 1929
Santa Barbara Mission – 1786/1927
Santa Barbara Post Office – 1937
Los Banos del Mar Pool – 1939
(Great history of the pool on Friends of Los Banos)
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