Santa Barbara Funk Zone

Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone has become a favorite in recent years. Over the past few decades, this district, which spans the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and is adjacent to the Amtrak station, has enjoyed an upswell of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that cater to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side.

Converted warehouses and buildings decorated with graffiti murals and contemporary art pieces set the tone for this hopping section of town. Surfboard shapers, winemakers and up-and-coming chefs all practice their crafts here. Visit art galleries; shop vintage and modern home goods at The Blue Door; taste at the fun, hip Municipal Winemakers (whose wine club is affectionately known as Club Awesome), and enjoy a five-star dinner at The Lark.

Walk the largest part of the Urban Wine Trail — a self-guided trail of 20+ tasting rooms representing Santa Barbara County wines — and easily discover why Santa Barbara’s wine country is easily world class. Tantalize your taste buds with an Eat This, Shoot That! food and photo tour through the neighborhood for bites of artisanal eats at Lucky Penny, glasses of craft brews from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., tastes of Riverbench wines, and sips from Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, the city’s first distillery since Prohibition.

Whether you’re new to Santa Barbara or returning for the hundredth time, this ever-evolving artistic neighborhood is one spot to visit again and again.

MOXI - New Santa Barbara Children's Museum

The mission of MOXI is to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. As Santa Barbara’s newest hands-on destination for families and curious minds of all ages, MOXI is a place where you can explore and discover new things about the world around you, ask questions, seek answers and have a blast doing so.

You can visit today started as a dream more than 20 years ago. A group of dedicated and dynamic community volunteers came together with the desire to create a world-class museum in their own backyard that would provide opportunities for learning outside the traditional classroom. After a few starts and stops, in 2013, the City of Santa Barbara made it possible for us to create this place on a plot of unused land on lower State Street. The MOXI has now in a 50-year lease agreement with the City, ensuring our science museum will have a perfectly positioned home for many years to come.  The Barry Berkus-designed building also has the distinction of being the first LEED Gold certified museum in Santa Barbara County.

Our Opening Day on February 25, 2017 was the culmination of years of work by a determined and tireless group of community volunteers, supported by countless individuals, businesses and foundations from the Santa Barbara region and beyond. It was, however, just the beginning of something far greater – delivering on our promise of igniting learning for all through our exhibits, programs, community outreach and more.