Goleta, originally deemed “The Good-Land” by the Spanish (for very good reason) was once known for its rich agriculture, and small scale farms that still pepper the landscape. This down-to-earth, coastline sanctuary houses wide-open beaches and hidden gems a plenty. When seeking outdoor adventure, locals flock to beaches for a fun surf-session, or hike along bluffs overlooking untrammeled coastline.
Goleta Beach Park
Goleta Beach is a region of coastline located near Goleta, California, just east of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus. A portion of the shore of Goleta Bay is managed by the County of Santa Barbara as Goleta Beach County Park —GBCP. The beach itself is partly man-made as sand was spread onto an existing sandspit in 1945. The beach is a seasonal habitat for migrating shorebirds including the snowy plover, an endangered species.
The park is a day-use park (open from 8:00 am to sunset) that features 27 picnic tables, four horseshoe pits, three restrooms, a volleyball court and other amenities.
South Coast Railroad Museum
The South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, California, focuses on the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. Special emphasis is placed on the railroad’s contributions to local history, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America.
The museum centerpiece is Goleta Depot, a country railroad station house built by the Southern Pacific in 1901 during completion of the Coast Route joining San Francisco and Los Angeles. Goleta Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Art, Design & Architecture Museum
The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, formerly the University Art Museum, is located on the campus of the UCSB in Goleta, California, United States. Built in 1959, it was originally a gallery for art education at UCSB.
Today the UAM contains a fine art collection of over 8,500 works.
The mission is to serve as a unique educational resource for the various audiences of the university and the community through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of works of art, architecture, and design.