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access for all

Everyone is Welcome

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden works to ensure all visitors feel welcome, and we are committed to helping our guests have an engaging and safe experience while visiting. With multiple programs in place, we also aim to make the Garden accessible to all members of our community throughout the year.

Many of the Garden’s display areas are accessible by stone-paved pathways and compact earthen trails. Other areas can be reached in a variety of ways including stair-free options; however, these paths may be narrow, rough, uneven, or steep. Due to this varied topography, portions of the Garden’s historic landscape may be inaccessible to some visitors.

Access for All

To ensure the Garden is accessible to every guest, the Garden has several programs to reduce or eliminate admission fees.

Through our partnership with Museums for All, the Garden offers Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cardholders, and their household, reduced admission to the Garden. With a valid ID and EBT card, our general admission is $3 per person or $20 for an annual family membership. Purchases can be made at the Garden’s Entrance Kiosk or by contacting our Membership Team.  

In partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library, family memberships can be “checked out” with any library card. These family memberships can be used for one week and cover the admission for two adults and any accompanying children under the age of 18.

Thanks to the generous support of Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, the Garden is open to seniors 60 years of age and better during six days throughout the year. For more information and dates, see the Garden’s calendar.

Wheelchair Access

Accessible parking is available in the main visitor parking lot at the Garden entrance and at the entrance of the Pritzlaff Conservation Center. Accessible and family restrooms are located behind the Entrance Kiosk. The Garden does not have wheelchairs for rent.

While many areas of the Garden can be accessed, our trails do not meet current ADA-standards. This means some trails may not be suitable for guests who use wheelchairs. Please ask a guest services associate if you require assistance.

Family Friendly

Most areas of the Garden are accessible with a stroller; however, some areas, including the Backcountry, may require an off-road model. Family restrooms, including changing tables, are available at the Garden’s main entrance and in the Pritzlaff Conservation Center. A more primitive, composting toilet is accessible in the Backcountry.

Service Animals

Service dogs — and all dogs — are welcome at the Garden when on a leash. If allowed, our Our Guest Services Team has treats at the front entrance if you’d like to indulge your pup, and the team can point you in the direction of watering stations to ensure your dog stays hydrated during their visit.

Coming Soon: Social Narratives

To better support our guests needing a more guided experience, we’re looking for resources to help us develop a visual story and sensory tools that make visiting the Garden a little easier. Special landmarks, quiet spaces, and other helpful information will be found in our social narrative while sensory tools like fidget cubes and headphones will be available for loan. If you are interested in helping us build out these tools, we’d love to hear from you.

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