Harbor Way at Cabrillo Boulevard.
At the center of it all is the harbor, the heart of maritime Santa Barbara, complete with marina, walkable breakwater, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (113 Harbor Way,  962-8404, www.sbmm.org) and myriad restaurants, including the Breakwater, Brophy Bros. and Chuck's Waterfront Grill. To get out on the water yourself, you can rent a sailboat or take lessons (Santa Barbara Sailing Center, 133 Harbor Way,  350-9090, www.sbsail.com), try a kayak (Paddle Sports, 117B Harbor Way,  899-4925, www.kayaksb.com) or relax on a dinner cruise (Condor Cruises, 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.,  882-0088, www.condorcruis-es.com).
URBAN WINE TOUR
There may not be any vineyards, but tasting rooms are scattered around downtown Santa Barbara. The local granddaddy, Santa Barbara Winery, was established in 1962 and has one of the best-developed tasting centers, with a $5 charge. Several other wineries are within a three-block area, dotting a neighborhood across State Street from the Santa Barbara Railroad Station. Others are found around the city. For more information, see www.santabarbarafresh.com, or contact the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau, (805) 966-9222.
SANTA BARBARA MISSION
2201 Laguna St.; www.sbmission.org
In the middle of all the new things Santa Barbara has to offer, it's easy to forget its past. The mission is the place to reconnect with the town's Spanish colonial roots. Surprisingly, Junípero Serra was not its founder (he died two years earlier), but the mission was among his plans. Exhibits show how the Indians and the clergy lived. Weekdays attract the boisterous school tours, but no matter: The sanctuary is beautiful and peaceful as only an old spiritual place can be. Admission $5.
THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
1100 Anacapa St.; (805) 962-6464
Talk about photo ops. From the clock tower, you get a great sense of the lay of the city, the red roofs and green hillsides. The lush courtyard, a favorite for school tours, was the site of 16 weddings last Valentine's Day. But most breathtaking of all is the Mural Room. Once used for meetings by the county Board of Supervisors, it ranks among the most spectacular public spaces in America.
See the city's main tourist attractions in 90 minutes from aboard a vintage red-and-gold trolley car. Tours run hourly 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (www.sbtrolley.com,  965-0353). You can ride straight through or hop off and on. Tickets cost $18 ($16 online) for adults and $9 for kids. Main pickup stops are at Stearns Wharf and the Old Mission.
BIKE ALONG THE
SANTA BARBARA COAST
From shoreline park to Andree Clark Bird Refuge.
Breathe in the brisk ocean air while riding a rented bicycle along the shore. A paved, 3-mile bike path runs from Shoreline Park to Andree Clark Bird Refuge, past several restaurants and shops along Cabrillo Boulevard. The path is relatively flat, good for family bike riding. For a map, go to www.santabarbaracarfree.org.
WHEEL FUN RENTALS
101 State St. and two other locations in Santa Barbara; (805) 966-2282, www.wheelfunrentalssb.com.