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! This wine country tour will escort your party out of Santa Barbara and through the Los Padres National Forest, offering amazing views of mountains, lakes and sprawling hills. This tour will include stops in both of our popular AVAs, the Santa Rita Hills and the Santa Ynez Valley. You will taste wine a 4 unique locations. You’ll also enjoy an olive oil tasting at a local farm which will enhance your experience of this unique agricultural area. To many of our guests this is the highlight of their day. To further enhance your epicurean adventure we will make a lunch stop (not included in the price) at the Santa Ynez Valley’s Number 1 rated restaurant Trattoria Grappolo. (Mondays a different location will be chosen.) The price includes door to door transportation, as well as all tasting fees. We start this tour between 9:00 & 9:30 and drop back off around 5:00 & 5:30. This is a one of a kind experience for those looking for that "special" day. Captain Jack guarantees it! 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 private/ custom tour. We can also adjust start and end times for the tour as well. If you are interested in putting together a private/ custom tour of the Santa Ynez Valley, 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! Please Note: There is no stop for lunch on this tour. We recommend that you have a late breakfast or an early lunch before your tour. If you would like a lunch stop included please see our 'Wine Country Tour' below. 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 3 unique venues plus a stop at a working olive oil farm for a olive oil tasting. All tasting fee's are included. Note: due to time restraints we do not include a lunch stop on this tour. You are welcome to bring a snack. A little "afternoon delight anyone"?
Want a great way to see Santa Barbara and taste wine at the same time? We will escort you to 3 wineries here in the city as well as an olive oil and vinegar tasting. Along the way we'll stop and grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant.(Not included in the price.) We include door-to-door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara including hotels, rental houses and even the train station!! While this tour doesn't go into the vineyards, it is perfect for groups who are on a tight schedule or who want to be close to downtown to keep the fun going! This tour starts between 10:30 & 11:00 and usually gets done around 5:00.
This tour includes three of Captain Jack’s favorite things. You’ll share his love of horses, great wine and the beauty of the Central Coast. We offer door to door transportation from any location in the Santa Barbara area. The day begins with a scenic drive up the coast to a privately owned rustic ranch. It may look a little like a movie set than a ranch but you can rest assured this ranch and the wranglers are the real deal. Your wrangler will guide you on this beautiful horseback ride that winds through the forest and up into the Santa Ynez Mountains where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. They’ll tell you stories, some of these stories may even be true! After the ride you will be driven a popular local restaurant for lunch (lunch not included in price). Following lunch, we will head to the Santa Rita Hills Wine Trail. Here you will witness some of the most beautiful scenery in the Santa Ynez Valley. We will escort you to two of the region’s top wineries where you’ll enjoy some of California’s finest wines. Captain Jack's will then pour you back into Santa Barbara.
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 may well be the closest to "heaven" you will ever get...in this lifetime. Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours is proud to offer our most breathtaking tour ever. This tour combines an ocean kayak tour with a horseback ride. During your morning kayak tour at the beautiful and famous "smugglers cove" (Refugio Beach) chances are good that the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphins, sea lions, and the migratory Grey Whale may cruise by (in the distance) to say hello. Next, you'll be transported to a secluded resort nestled between a babbling brook and evergreen sycamore trees where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch (lunch not included in price). After lunch, back into the transport, and off to one of the most breathtaking, scenic guided horseback rides on earth. This ride features spectacular oceans views throughout the ride. Find out why President Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, and Brad Pitt, having the ability to live anywhere in the world, chose California’s Central Coast to call their home. Spend the day with Captain Jack, and you too will see why Captain Jack calls this the "Heaven on Earth" Tour. **Tour Includes**: Round-trip transportation, all kayak gear, kayak lesson/brief (kayak knowledge and special athletic ability NOT required), scenic guided horseback ride, no previous riding experience necessary (must be 12 or older), all California Park and Recreation fees, professional, knowledgeable and courteous guides.
Get along little doggies and hold on to your hats! Experience the beauty of the Central Coast on this full day tour. Captain Jack's Tours is proud to offer this unique adventure to visitors of the central coast. Your day will begin with a guided kayak tour of the famous "Smugglers Cove" and the Gaviota Coast, one of the last unincorporated areas of the California Coastline. Chances are good the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphins, California sea lions, harbor seal, and the migratory Grey Whale may cruise by (in the distance) to say hello. Next, you'll be transported to a secluded resort nestled between a babbling brook and evergreen sycamore trees where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch (lunch not included in price). Following lunch, you will experience a breathtaking horseback ride (no experience necessary). After a brief orientation, our wranglers will guide you on our trail which winds through shaded canyons, crosses over a stream several times (most of the year), and makes its way to the top of a mountain where you will have stunning ocean and valley views. Riders for our guided trail rides must be at least 7 years old. Then, the finish to a perfect day, wine tasting as you review the day's activities. You'll visit 2 local winery tasting rooms where you will have a chance to taste some premium Santa Barbara County wines. Tour Includes: Round-trip transportation, all kayak gear, kayaking lesson, all wine tasting fees, all California Park and Recreation fees, professional, knowledgeable and courteous guides.
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 2.5 - 3 hour guided Santa Barbara kayak tour is an extension of our Harbor kayak tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. The coastal tour offers breathtaking views of Santa Barbara's famous "Riviera Coast". Tour starts at the Harbor and paddles south along the coast before turning around and returning to the Harbor. Hopefully the locals, dolphins, sea lion, harbor seals and marine birds will stop by to say hello. Too much fun! We provide snacks, water, towels, and even a plastic bag to store your wet clothes will be provided.
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 the tour you'll enjoy 3 of the area's prime brewing locations. In Santa Barbara, The Brew House is a lively full service restaurant, and M. Special Brewery up North has bands and food trucks rotating on a regular basis and claims what we believe is the longest bar in SB County made from a single piece of a fallen tree. Carpinteria is home to Island Brewing Company and has been brewing award winning beers in this little slice of paradise since 2000, they have won international acclaim for their hand crafted ales. The Beer Tour includes all tasting fees and transportation. At one of these stops you'll be given time to enjoy lunch. (Lunch not included in the price.) Tours of the beer making process are based on the availability of the brewery staff and the discretion of the guide and may not be possible on busy days. This tour has a minimum of 4 people.
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.
Experience the sites of the historical Stearn's Wharf Pier, wild marine life, and the gorgeous cliffs of Santa Barbara with our Stand Up Paddle Board tours. Take a look at the ocean from a new perspective with one of our 2 hour long excursions. These exciting activities can be done on weekends as part of a public tour or scheduled as a private tour any day of the week between 9:30am and 4:30pm. These tours come with all the necessary equipment and launch from the Santa Barbara Harbor. Give us a call to book your Stand Up Paddle Board experience today!
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.
Get ready for a new way to see the sights. The Segway HT is perfect for touring Santa Barbara. Choose from 4 guided segway tours (prices vary) taking place daily, each highlighting different parts of the city. Your guide will cover the history of Santa Barbara as well as some of the more current points of interest along the way. Tours are offered every day 7 days a week by reservation only. All tours include a lesson and all necessary gear. Renters must be 14 years or older. Call for more information and availability.
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.
Choose from two great paragliding options: tandem flight or paragliding lessons. ## Tandem Flights $175 per person This flight has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands, and the Santa Barbara Mountains. During these 2 short flights we fly out toward the Pacific making gentle turns before landing. There is no prior experience necessary for a tandem flight and age is not a factor. We can get just about anyone up on a tandem flight. We use a larger canopy designed to carry the weight of two people. Each person has their own harness, and the passenger and instructor are connected together with spreader bars. The Tandem instructor sits in the back and the passenger sits in front. We organize our equipment and do a simulation before our actual launch. The instructor double checks your buckles and straps, clips you in, and we turn and wait for a nice launch cycle. ## Paragliding Lessons $225 per person Participants will enjoy the panoramic views during the lunch break (lunch not included in price). After lunch you will use the experience gained during the morning flying to build their skills for the afternoon flying. Most participants are simply amazed they are able to launch, fly, and land the world's most evolutionary aircraft many times on their very first day. We encourage you to organize a family outing, bachelor party, team building event, or birthday party for what has to be one of the most unique adventures on the planet. The flight area has great facilities, we contract with top-notch instructors and state-of-the-art training equipment. You will appreciate the concern for safety and the focus on developing paragliding fundamentals that will help provide you with safe secure flights.
Soar to new heights with a morning Santa Barbara balloon ride! The year-round near perfect climate and light prevailing winds in the Central Coast of California makes this an ideal place for ballooning. FAA Commercial Certified Pilots offer a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget! On an average day you may catch a glimpse of “Neverland Ranch” while floating over wine vineyards and rolling hills. We offer 45 minutes to 1 hour duration flights that capture views over the Beautiful Wine Country surrounded by Transverse Mountain Ranges, the Channel Islands, Lake Cachuma and the historic towns of Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Maria and Paso Robles. Call for more information. Private Tours Available
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).