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Family Fun, Goleta Style

Family Fun, Goleta Style

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When it comes to packing up the family and heading to the California coast, Goleta makes an excellent next stop. The affordable, friendly, activity-filled destination has plenty to keep people of all ages happy and having plenty of fun. To help ensure that you do, we’ve put together a few ideas of activities the fam won’t want to miss during their visit!

Your Itinerary

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  South Coast Railroad Museum

Start with a stop by the South Coast Railroad Museum. As the name suggests, this fun spot brings the history of railroading to life. The centerpiece is a county railroad stationhouse built in 1901. The authentic elements don’t stop there. Caboose No. 4023 has been a museum staple since 1986, and is always open during museum hours. Kiddos will love hopping on the miniature train for a ride through the grounds, and the handcar gives a real life lesson in how railroaders did things back in the day.

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  Lake Los Carneros

After a visit to the museum, take the family for a walk around beautiful Lake Los Carneros. This special freshwater enclave is great for bird watching or feeding the ducks and offers an easily doable mile-long walk around the lake.

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  Goleta Beach Park

For those looking for a full—(or half-)—day at the beach, Goleta Beach Park is an excellent place to stage your family beach vacation. The nice long fishing pier is a fun place for kids to watch people cast a line. Plenty of picnic tables and BBQ grills are available for easy food prep and onsite picnics.

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  Beachside Bar-Café

Or, if you prefer to head to a restaurant nearby, the Beachside Bar Café is conveniently located and serves up plenty of fun, fresh coastal dishes. Other activities include bird watching, biking, swimming, and volleyball.

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5
  Ice in Paradise

If you want to extend the fun into a second day—or you simply want to infuse the trip with a truly unique experience—consider a visit to Ice in Paradise! That’s right, ice-skating on California’s sunny coastal shores is possible. This indoor ice-skating rink offers public skating throughout the day and week.

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