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Kid Friendly
Virtually the entire Funk Zone is kid friendly, including tasting rooms, breweries, eateries, etc.

Below are some suggested activities for the kids. 

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum – Sea Center 
Located at the wharf and it has fun, small interactive activities for the kids including touch tanks. 

MOXI, Wolf Museum of Exploration
In the Funk Zone, next to the AMTRAK station, is a children’s interactive museum focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. 

Santa Barbara Zoo
is, well… a zoo. Lots of animals, but the giraffe with the crooked neck passed away several years ago. Still lots of other fun animals to see!

Breakfast 
Helena Avenue Bakery
Fresh baked goodies, awesome breakfast options for both kids and adults. 

Chad’s Cafe
After changing its ridiculously offensive, antiquated, racist, name from Sambos to Chad’s the food somehow now tastes way better. Plenty of options for the family. 

Lunch
Metropulous
This is the Radde’s go-to place for delicious sammies and salads. They are great to go and have a lovely picnic on the beach. You can buy drinks on site, including beer and wine to go. 

Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio
Hands down another Radde’s haunt with some incredibly amazing food and small craft brews. The meat there is incredible. They are first and foremost a butcher shop, but their menu is amazing. This place is good for dinner too!

Lucky Penny
Delicious woodfired pizza, salads, and paninis. I had them cater my 30th birthday and they were amazing. We’re pizza monsters so obvi another fave. 

Dinner
The Lark 
A farm to table experience, family style, lots of good food, and service is incredible.  

Flor de Maiz
A spin off Los Agaves, this place has a crazy, tasty menu with craft cocktails and mouth watering bites.

Brophy Bros
Delicious food, strong drinks, with a view of the harbor.

Santa Barbara Public Market
Indoor (now outdoor) mixed use building with something for everyone: Pizza Veloce, Corazon Cocina, Empty Bowl Noodle Bar, Wabi Sabi, and more. (Italian, Mexican, Sushi, and Noodles). 

Brews-
Institution Ale
SB Biergarten
Captain Fatty’s Brewing Company
Topa Topa Brewing Company
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Wine-
Pali Wine
Municipal Winemakers
Margerum Wine Company
The Valley Project

Coffee-
Dune Coffee Roasters
Handlebar Coffee Roasters