This park is a center piece for many city-wide celebrations, such as the Summer Solstice. It is ideal for many functions because it occupies two blocks, has plenty of open space and has a complete range of facilities. It even has a gazebo.
Alameda is a wonderful family oriented picnic and playground spot that hosts the 8,000 square foot Kids Zone playground. Even though it is close to downtown and the Alice Keck Gardens, you can usually find plenty of parking and a picnic table if you come early.
Directions: From the 101 take the Mission exit and turn towards the mountains. Go through several sets of lights until you reach Anacapa St. Turn right. Continue until you see the Alice Keck gardens on your left. Alameda will follow. You can also take Garden Street from the 101 and turn towards the mountains. Follow it until you reach Alameda, which will be on your left.
Facilities Restrooms, playground, bandstand, several large picnic areas, plenty wide open spaces for Frisbee.
Orange County is not just famous for theme parks and beaches. Art is also a huge draw in Santa Barbara and Laguna. Many studios and shows in the South OC area.
Santa Barbara is a major center of art on the West Coast.
Established in 1965 by local artists, the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show was inspired by the sidewalk art shows of Europe and the prestigious “Jardin del Arte” in Mexico City. Sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department since 1966, the show is now the only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. Whatever the size, subject, media and price-all are original art, done by the artists you meet.
Approximately 200 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work in an informal atmosphere that encourages visitors to the show to talk with the artists about their work — and in some cases even to see them in action. This show is unique in that each artist lives in Santa Barbara County and personally produces every piece for sale.
Mission Santa Barbara, also known as Santa Barbara Mission, is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order near present-day Santa Barbara, California. It was founded by Padre Fermín Lasuén on December 4, 1786, the feast day of Saint Barbara, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local Chumash—Barbareño tribe of Native American people. The mission is the namesake of the city of Santa Barbara as well as Santa Barbara County.
The Mission grounds occupy a rise between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and were consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuén, who had taken over the presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Presidente Junípero Serra. Mission Santa Barbara is the only mission to remain under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars since its founding, and today is a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Santa Barbara has beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and colorful culture makes it a premier resort destination. World-class accommodations and dining await her many visitors. Beautiful beaches and friendly people all over. A very relaxing place to visit.