Captain Jack's Tours
All tours are available 7 days a week unless otherwise stated. Too much fun stuff!
Our most popular tour and an experience you will never forget! On this wine tour you will spend the day in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. This tour will include stops at four unique wine tasting locations. You will also enjoy an olive oil tasting at a local farm which will enhance your experience of this unique agricultural area. We will make a stop for lunch along the way (lunch not included in price). Included is door to door transportation as well as all tasting fees. We start this tour between 9:00 & 9:30 a.m. and returns to Santa Barbara at approximately 5:30 p.m. We have many partner vineyards, and the tour is designed to work with them. If you would like to go to wineries outside of our partners we can book a customized tour. We can also adjust start and end times for the tour as well. If you are interested in creating a customized tour just give us a call at 805-564-1819 to go over the details. We are happy to create a tour that can fit in any time constraints or special requests that you may have.
See the Santa Ynez valley and enjoy a later start time without missing the fun! We recommend that you have a late breakfast or an early lunch before your tour. This tour includes door to door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara. Your guide will escort you through the beautiful Santa Ynez wine country where you will enjoy wine tasting at three unique venues plus a stop at a working olive oil farm for an olive oil tasting. All tasting fees are included. (We can arrange to include a boxed lunch at one of the wineries for an additional fee of $20 per person).
Want a great way to see Santa Barbara and taste wine at the same time? We will escort you to three wineries here in the city as well as an olive oil and vinegar tasting. Along the way we will stop to eat at a local restaurant (not included in the price). We provide door-to-door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara. While this tour does not visit the vineyards, it allows groups to visit local wine tasting rooms in the city of Santa Barbara. This tour starts between 10:30 & 11:00 and usually gets done around 5:00.
This tour begins with a scenic drive up the coast to a privately owned rustic ranch. Your wrangler will guide you on a beautiful horseback ride that winds through the forest and up into the Santa Ynez Mountains where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. After the ride you will be driven to a popular local restaurant for lunch (lunch not included in price). We will then escort you to two of the regions top wineries where you will enjoy some of California’s finest wines. Tour price includes door to door transportation, 90 minute horseback ride, and tasting fees. Tour returns to Santa Barbara at approximately 4:00 pm.
This tour will visit many of the prominent sites featured in the movie Sideways and is one of our premium wine tours. Our guides will fill in the day with facts about wine, the Santa Ynez Valley, and most importantly, tidbits about the movie. We will also stop at an Ostrich Farm where you will get a chance to feed the ostriches! At the end of the day we will head to dinner at the Hitching Post, Miles' favorite restaurant, and where his love interest begins. Here you can treat yourself to a delicious meal. (not included in the price) [Learn more about the restaurant here](http://www.hitchingpost2.com/). The tour includes all tasting fees as well as round trip transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez. Tour ends approximately 7:30pm.
This tour offers a “taste” of the Old West. Visit two Distilleries (one in Santa Barbara and one in Goleta). One has been family run since 1915 and the proprietor will share with you how their product has been made over the years. The other will give you a behind the scenes tour and allow you to discover their high-quality spirits which represent the agricultural roots of the area. We will then head up to Cold Spring Tavern, a Stagecoach stop from 1865 that now provides a bar and restaurant. Included in the tour price is a tri-tip sandwich (or a menu item of equal value), tasting fees, and transportation. Tour begins at 1 p.m. and departs the Tavern at 5:30 p.m.
This tour combines an ocean kayak tour with a horseback ride. We will kayak in the morning at the beautiful Santa Barbara Harbor. Following our kayak ride, a delicious lunch will be enjoyed next to a babbling brook under the shade of Sycamore trees. After lunch we'll head up to a private ranch for a scenic 90-minute guided horseback ride. This ride features spectacular oceans views along forested trails. (Riders must be at least seven years old and those between the ages of seven and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian). **Tour Includes:** Round-trip transportation, all kayak gear, a brief kayak lesson, the horseback ride, lunch, and a courteous, CPR certified guide. Tour returns to Santa Barbara at approximately 4:00 pm.
Experience the beauty of the Central Coast on this full day tour. Your day will begin with a 90-minute guided kayak tour in the Santa Barbara Harbor and Channel. Next, you will be transported to a secluded resort nestled between a babbling brook and evergreen sycamore trees where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Following lunch, experience a breathtaking horseback ride (no experience necessary). After a brief orientation, our wranglers will guide you on a trail which winds through shaded canyons and makes its way to the top of a mountain with stunning ocean and valley views. (Riders must be at least seven years old and those between the ages of seven and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian). After the horseback ride enjoy wine tasting at two venues in the city of Santa Barbara. Tour Includes: Round-trip transportation, kayak gear, horseback ride, lunch, and a courteous, CPR certified guide. Tour returns to Santa Barbara at approximately 6:00 pm.
On this three-hour tour you will learn all about the history and architecture of Santa Barbara. You will visit the Old Mission, Stearns' Wharf, the Presidio and many other fabulous sites. During the tour your guide will share information about these locations as well as stories about the city. We will also stop at the Santa Barbara Courthouse where you will be invited to climb the clock tower which offers one of Santa Barbara's most beautiful views. If you want to see all that Santa Barbara has to offer, this is the way to do it!
Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours conducts guided 1.5 - 2 hour kayak tours of the Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 daily. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun for the entire family. Your tour starts at the boat launch, winds through the harbor, under Stearns Wharf, and out to the one mile buoy. Chances are good the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphins, California sea lions, and harbor seals may cruise by to say hello.
This exciting Pirate escape game calls for those hardy individuals looking for adventure. If you and your mate(s) are among them, this Pirate - themed challenge is waiting for you! Your team’s senses and abilities will be tested in many aspects. Get on board and have one hour of fun in this authentic atmosphere of Pirate Ship Escape Room, where your magical journey is flavored with adrenaline-raising special effects, maps, puzzles & skeleton keys. The game starts with your party being captured and you have been locked up on Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship. The captain and crew will be gone for one hour. This will be your one and only chance to escape. The clock is ticking, are you up to the challenge? Other choices include the Psycho Dentist room or the Alien Spaceship room. This event can be added to any other events to create your own custom private tour. Call 805 564-1819 to schedule your reservation.
On this tour you will enjoy three of the area's prime brewing locations. At the second you'll enjoy lunch which is included in the price along with tasting fees and transportation. Tours of the beer making process are based on the availability of the brewery staff and the discretion of the guide.
This coastal ride is 1.5 hours long and is a 30 minute drive from Santa Barbara. Transportation to the ranch is not included. During this ride you will wind through a forest, past a seasonal waterfall, and up to the top of a mountain where you will have beautiful ocean views. Our wranglers will even stop and take your picture during your tour! We start our rides at 9:30, 11:30, 2:00 & 3:30. For more information please call us
Enjoy the invigorating (and romantic) thrill of a glorious Santa Barbara Beach Ride in this acclaimed private or semi-private 90-minute excursion. Just 15 minutes south of Santa Barbara this ride gets you down to the sand and right near the waves! Transportation to start of the ride is not included. Just let us know when you would like to go and we will arrange the rest! For more information please call us.
The perfect way to spend your day in Santa Barbara. You'll experience a fun and exciting cruise while enjoying beautiful views of the coast and the channel islands. This 50' Catamaran offers 1400 square feet of deck space while the multi-hull construction makes her comfortable, stable & safe. You'll find plenty of room for you and a guest or a large party. On board you'll find a beer, wine and soda bar. Light snacks and restrooms are on hand for your convenience. Friday nights we offer live music cruises for a relaxing atmosphere. Note: Music cruises run from June 1st - August 31st only.
The roomiest little boat in the harbor. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on this ‘Duffy’ style electric yacht. She holds 12 people comfortably but due to local coast guard guidelines, the maximum capacity for this boat is 6 guests. She is perfect for small intimate dinners, cocktail, brunch and wildlife cruises. Another great feature on this boat is the ability to bring your own beer and wine without paying any corkage fees. You may also bring your own food or we can provide it for you (at an additional charge). Includes a US Coast Guard certified Captain so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Santa Barbara’s harbor. We also offer many other types of [private chartered boats and yachts](/boat-charters).
Captain Jack's favorite! Enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise on a private skippered yacht. Your skipper will be entirely at your command as you pick your destination. Find out why Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera" as you enjoy the sunset and the sparkling lights of the city. The price includes 2 hours on a private yacht. Cruise duration can be extended and does not necessarily need to go out at sunset. We also offer many other styles of boats and yachts, view our [private chartered boats](/boat-charters) for more information.
Come enjoy Santa Barbara Whale Watching aboard a 50′ Sailing Catamaran. Morning and afternoon trips leaving daily. The Santa Barbara Channel is home to an incredible assortment of marine mammals, including over 30 different species of whales and dolphins. The most common whales sighted on our whale watching adventures are the majestic Pacific Grey Whales, but sometimes we also see the enormous Blue Whales, which can reach up to 100 feet in length and are the largest animals on the planet! On most of our whale watching trips we also see Common, Risso’s and Bottlenose Dolphins, California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and lots of other marine life. Occasionally, we are even lucky enough to spot Orcas, Humpback, Minke, and Pilot Whales. Whether you live in Santa Barbara or you’re just visiting, you owe it to yourself and your family to come whale watching. This is a treat we’re sure you’ll remember forever.
The "Wonders of Our National Parks" on the Discovery Channel highlighted the outstanding abundance of marine life in the Santa Barbara Channel and named it “One of the 10 Best Places in the World to View Wildlife.” The Channel Islands are on the migration path of the California Gray Whale. The islands offer an opportunity to watch the whales on their way to Baja where they give birth, and then again as they migrate north with their babies. More than 30 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions frequent the area, including the majestic blue whale, the acrobatic humpback whale, the barnacled gray whale, the powerful orca, the playful long-beaked common dolphin and the gregarious California sea lion. This 4 1/2 hour trip takes place on a 75-foot catamaran with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Join us for a fun-filled deep sea sport fishing trip! This 65’ boat has a full galley, three large bait tanks, and a custom sun deck. It is the largest, fastest, cleanest half-day fishing boat in the Santa Barbara harbor and is the perfect choice for a casual trip with friends, or a serious saltwater outing. Rods, bait, tackle and fishing licenses can be provided at an extra charge. We also offer private charter fishing trips, view our [private boat charters](/boat-charters) page for more info.
Don't see the tour package you were looking for? We are happy to put together a custom tour for groups of 2 or more. Choose a combination of any of our activities: Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Sailing, Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting & even Paragliding! Just give us a call or send an email to discuss the details. You may also want to check out our [private chartered boats](/boat-charters) as well as our [group events](/group-events).