Self-Guided Bike Tour

Discover Santa Barbara

This bike tour will guide you through downtown Santa Barbara, stopping at numerous points of interest around the city, including the Santa Barbara Train Station, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, El Presido State Park, and the Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

Explore Santa Barbara the way it should be done: on a bike! Departing from our Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort location, this laid-back self-guided bike tour covers everything to see in downtown Santa Barbara – whether you’re looking for shopping, dining, historic landmarks or beaches! Experience the sights and sounds of this bike-friendly community as you cruise past the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Stearns Wharf, De La Guerra Plaza and more!

Starting at $31

Skill Level

Approx. Time

1.5 - 2 hours

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Opened in 1941 in a building formerly occupied by the Post Office, this museum packs a whopping 27,000 works of art in its relatively modest-sized space. The museum is easily located right on State Street and offers bike racks for you to park your bike and explore the exhibits!

Paseo Nuevo

A beautiful, upscale mall that draws clientele from around the world to take part in this extravagant shopping experience.  Walk your bike through the exquisite landscaping as you pass by casual eateries, fine dining, designer boutiques, and specialty shops.

Lobero Theater

California’s oldest, continuously operating theater. First built as an opera house in 1973, the theater now functions as a performing arts center that hosts events over 250 days out of the year.

Santa Barbara Mission

This historic landmark has been dubbed the “Queen of Missions” thanks to its commanding position and grand proportions, and is a popular site to visit for both locals and tourists alike. After riding to the top of Los Olivos Street, take a moment to sit on the huge green lawn in front of the mission and admire the view of the city.

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Included with this

Self-Guided Tour


  • YOUR CHOICE OF BIKE
  • ROUTE MAP WITH GREAT POINTS OF INTEREST AND HISTORICAL FACTS
  • A HELMET
  • BASKET/BIKE BAG TO HOLD BELONGINGS

Gear up for the trip

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Easy riding at the bike path. All the way to bird refugee lake. Good way to discover Santa Barbara. We had a good ride.

Ivo L. - TripAdvisor Reviewer

We were in town for one day and found this a great way to cover some ground quickly. The ride along the waterfront is a must and really beautiful.

TripAvisor Reviewer

The staff was very friendly and helpful and the prices were very affordable for the area. It was the best way to see all of Santa Barbara without worrying about a car.

Eric B. - TripAdvisor Reviewer

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What to bring & wear

  • COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND SHOES
  • SUNGLASSES
  • SUNSCREEN
  • WATER BOTTLE
  • YOUR CAMERA
  • SNACKS, OR CASH FOR LUNCH

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Tour FAQs

WHAT'S INCLUDED ON MY TOUR?

Our self-guided tours include your choice of bicycle, a route map with all the great points of interest and historic facts about the area, a helmet, and a bike bag or basket. Plus, our rental clerks are happy to help you select the perfect bike for your adventure.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We have your ride and route covered - so all you need to bring are comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and your camera. And don't forget to bring some cash for lunch or a snack along the way! Bike bags/baskets are provided on all bikes for easy storage of items.

HOW LONG IS THE TOUR?

While on one of our self-guided tours, you can expect to be out exploring for 3 to 4 hours. This includes approximately 2 hours of riding time and 1 to 2 hours for lunch, shopping, photo opts, and exploring the area.

I WANT TO TAKE THE TOUR...

You've made a great choice! We have plenty of bikes available, so no need to call, just come by. When you arrive, mention the bike tour. Our fantastic staff will ensure that you have everything you need. We don't take reservations, so please stop by our location.