Visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for Shark Sundays

Visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for Shark Sundays

From countless interactive exhibits to ample learning opportunities, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center are the perfect places for families to visit while in Santa Barbara. Continue reading for all the details you need to know about each attraction and their special Shark Sundays.


About the Museum of Natural History     

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History boasts a collection of over 3.5 million specimens displayed in a variety of state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. Through these exhibits and special events, visitors have the chance to explore and learn about every aspect of natural history. The museum also includes the Central Coast’s only planetarium and the Sea Center, located on Stearns Wharf.


More About the Sea Center

As part of the Museum of Natural History, the Sea Center highlights the diverse marine wildlife living in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Center’s highly interactive exhibits and special programming offer visitors ample opportunities to explore. Touch tanks give guests a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the animals. While the Channel Theater features floating jellies and a captivating octopus. The Sea Center is open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Shark Sundays at Sea Center

Throughout the year, the Sea Center hosts several themed days for visitors, like Shark Sundays. On Sundays at the Sea Center from 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., guests can help feed the sharks and rays at Shark Cove. You’ll have the chance to learn about shark biology from the Center’s experts, then assist in feeding. The best part? This program is included in Sea Center admission. Pro tip: Space is limited, so make sure to arrive early if you want a spot!


Hotel Near Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  

If you’re visiting the Santa Barbara Sea Center with the family, then why not make your trip an entire weekend of excitement with the Family Fun package at Inn at East Beach? This offer includes a two-night stay in a Family Suite, tickets to the Santa Barbara Zoo, tickets to the Moxie Museum of Exploration, pizza delivered to your room, a zoo souvenir and complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay.


The Santa Barbara Sea Center is not only an exciting attraction, but also a perfect learning opportunity. Make sure to stop by during Shark Sundays and don’t forget to book your stay at the nearby Inn at East Beach.




Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546