Stern's Wharf Santa BarbaraStern's Wharf is a major attraction at the south foot of State Street, in between the east and west beaches.
Built in 1872 for cargo and passenger ships, Stern's Wharf has weathered earthquakes and fires. During World War II, it was used by the military as a naval installation. Fire damaged the wharf in Nune 1986 and on November 18, 1998. Now, millions of people a year visit the wharf, its shops and restaurants.
The short walk to the end of the pier takes visitors on a stroll for siteseeing, craft shops and fresh seafood restaurants with ocean views from many tables. The wharf is home to The Museum of Natural History's Sea Center and Captain Don's Whale Watching excursions. See more Stern's Wharf Photos.