101 State St. and two other locations in Santa Barbara; (805) 966-2282, www.wheelfunrentalssb.com.
Six days a week (Mondays excluded), rain or shine, you can find a farmers market, selling fresh produce and handmade souvenirs, within a 10-mile radius of downtown Santa Barbara. The most well-attended farmers market is held Saturday mornings at the corner of Santa Barbara and Cota streets. For schedules and locations, go to www.sbfarmersmarket.org, or call the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Assn. at (805) 962-5354.
SANTA BARBARA ZOO
500 Niños Drive; (805) 962-5339, www.santabarbarazoo.org.
A small, manageable and beautifully landscaped zoological park with feeding times for giraffes, lorikeets and Humboldt penguins that will please the kids, who will also enjoy the rest of Noah's Ark. $11 (about a third of the price for an adult ticket to San Diego Zoo), $8 ages 60 and older and 2 to 12. PIER FISHING, STEARNS WHARF
Stearns Wharf at Cabrillo Boulevard; www.stearnswharf.org.
This 2,000-foot wharf, once partly owned by actor James Cagney, offers seafood houses, a museum, a pirate cruise and even a palm reader. The best bargain of all might be at Mike's Bait & Tackle, where you can rent a rod and reel for $5 an hour. What distinguishes this pier from many others in Southern California is the open design of the fishing deck. No rails. Tip: Families with young kids should try the fishing area near the Ty Warner Sea Center, where standard guard rails are in place.
SUSAN QUINLAN DOLL & TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM & LIBRARY
122 W. Canon Perdido St.; (805) 730-1707, www.quinlanmuseum.com.
More than 3,000 dolls and teddies of all sizes and eras inhabit glass cases in this little-known local treasure assembled by Quinlan, a retired librarian. Don't miss the charming tea room, with murals of dolls and teddy bears enjoying a tea party and beach picnic in Santa Barbara. $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 12 and younger.
SOHO RESTAURANT &
1221 State St.; (805) 962-7776, www.sohosb.com.
Two cavernous rooms with high ceilings, exposed rafters and brick-and-wood walls host a high-energy, mixed crowd served by friendly bartenders. Cover charge varies and so does the music, which includes folk, reggae, rock, jazz and more
CHASE PALM PARK
236 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; (805) 897-1982.
When you tire of the beach and Stearns Wharf, this is a little 10-acre gem with a skate park, a restored swath of Laguna Creek and a wonderful kids' playground with Southwest-style adobes and beached whales (of the cement variety) to climb. The park is open sunrise to 10 p.m.; skate park 8 a.m. to half an hour before sunset. But the real draw: a 1916 merry-go-round with exquisite horses and sleighs for $2 a ride.