Santa Barbara is my favorite escape in California, but now that I have two kids I have changed my agenda for our next visit.

The zoo is small when compared to others, but there are very few zoos that have such a breathtaking view of the ocean.

2) Carlitos or Palazzio

Both of these restaurant meet my requirement of having delicious food with generous portions, crayons for kids to color on the table and are right downtown on State St.

3) Ty Warner Sea Center

The sea center strive to teach chidren about the natural wonders of the sea via interactive exhibits like live tidepool encounters and hands-on experiments.

xoxo, C

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