Chase Palm Park
||Santa Barbara, CA|
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Chase Palm Park, informally called Shipwreck Park, is so beautiful that you won't want to leave. From the moment you enter it on the corner of Cabrillo Blvd and Garden Street, you are treated to luxury. A classic Spanish fountain in a grassy terraced oval greets you (unfortunately this has become a homeless hangout lately) and up ahead you see the antique carousel. Take your little one for a ride! This is nicer than most carousels because the huge windows looking out on trees make you feel like you're outdoors.
Next you walk through lush landscaping over bridges and a stream filled with ducks, past long wispy grass and flowers and fountains pouring over rocks, to the playground! It's a fantastic playground with an outline of a ship to climb, sand galore, whales that spurt water out, monkey bars, a little cave filled with gems to hide in, and a pastel-colored adobe village where kids can play hide and seek. There's a slide that is made of an interesting material- kids can stand on it with their socks on and have a blast surfing down! Make sure you bring socks for your kids so they can slip all over- they will be laughing and playing for hours! There's an area with an octopus and fish carved into the rock where water runs out, plus a huge spongy starfish kids can jump on. The designer of this park really went to town and you're the one who gets to benefit!
Past the playground are rolling hills and a stage. Here an easter egg hunt is held on the Saturday before Easter (April 7, 10am, 2012), and in summer the city hosts free concerts on Thursday nights from 6-8:30pm (June 28-August 16, 2012). The concerts can be a little too crowded, especially if you have kids who want to play on the playground- it's a madhouse! But if you come without kids it's fun to dance on the grass by the stage on a warm summer night and let it all hang out!
From Chase Palm Park, you can see the rows of tall palms along the Cabrillo Bike Path. It's a wonderful happy atmosphere!
In months other than August and September, this park can be a little chilly since it's right by the ocean. Bring a sweater. Also, bring a blanket so you can sit on the little hills by the playground and watch your little tike have the time of his life!
There are restrooms by the playground.
A nice place to eat just west on Cabrillo Blvd is El Torito Mexican Grill. It has a fantastic view of the pier and the ocean! Rusty's Pizza, in the white lighthouse, also has a marvelous view. Also, you can buy snacks (such as candy bars) across Garden Street at the tourist office.
There's some great bikeriding around here: Cabrillo Bike Path leads east to East Beach and the gorgeous Andree Clark Bird Refuge Bike Path, or west to the pier, West Beach, the harbor, and all the way to beautiful Shoreline Park.
Other places to visit near Chase Palm Park are: Santa Barbara Zoo, with its views over the ocean and the riviera; Doubletree Walk, a walk along Cabrillo Blvd under palms and past tropical flowers; and East Beach, with its playground in the sand.
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Chase Palm Park is located at 323 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
From Highway 101, exit at Garden Street and turn towards the ocean. Turn left at the end, on Cabrillo Blvd. Park along the road for free. If it's the weekend, you won't be able to find a space along the road and since this is a busy area, it'll be awful to drive round and around. So, instead, pull into one of two parking lots. There is a lot on your right at the end of Garden Street before you turn onto Cabrillo Blvd. Or instead of turning onto Cabrillo Blvd, go straight and you will be in a parking lot. Both lots cost a few dollars. Bring cash.
The carousel costs $2 a ride and is open daily from 10-5pm weekdays and from 10-9pm weekends in the summer, and daily 12-6 on weekdays and 10-7 on weekends the rest of the year.
There are restrooms by the playground and also by the stream.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|I love this place|
|Saw this when it first opened...simply wonderful.|
|This park is truly one of a kind. My daughter explored it for hours.|