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Tucked into a canyon in the back of a beautiful San Roque neighborhood, Steven's Park offers a feeling of seclusion and escape. Actually, it's so secluded that I don't feel safe if I'm the only one there! There's a toddler play structure, rock archway to run underneath, baby swings, and regular swings. Above you, there are pretty views of Foothill Rd bridge and the Santa Ynez mountains. The tall trees that surround the playground add to the uplifting feel of this park. There's a large grassy area for playing ball and a rock-lined creek bed to explore! Kids love to run across the bridge over the creek. In winter after rains the creek bed becomes a full-blown stream and it is wonderful to sit and listen to the babbling sounds. Kids instantly stop whining and become peaceful around these sounds! If your infant is fussy, bring them here and get some relief for both of you.
A popular, shady hike begins under the bridge and offers lovely springtime meadows. Many people bring their dogs offleash on this hike. Half an hour into the hike you come to a clear stream and can go no further with young kids. Experienced hikers can cross the stream and continue on deep into San Roque canyon.
There are restrooms at Steven's Park.
If you're hungry, cross State St to Loreto Plaza. Here you'll find Via Maestra 42 Italian Restaurant, which has out-of-this-world yummy gelato, Italian sandwiches, and pasta dishes (ravioli spinaci, you awe me) in an atmosphere pretty both indoors and out. Another attractive restaurant with great European food is Renaud's Patisserie, where you can also sit both indoors or outside, beside the fountain.
If you take Las Positas Rd back toward the ocean you will come to a great beach, Hendry's Beach, where tons of people are always around walking their dogs or grabbing a bite to eat at the oceanfront restaurant.
For another nice toddler playground, check out Hidden Valley Park, which is in a peaceful recessed area by a creek. Many young mothers gather here with their kids during the week. Also nearby is Elings Park where there is a sunny walk along a hilltop, offleash dog trails, and a small playground.
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Steven's Park is located at 258 Canon Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93105.
From Highway 101, take the Las Positas exit. Head toward the mountains. Continue along Las Positas Rd, through the State Street intersection. Las Positas Rd becomes San Roque Rd. Turn left on Calle Noguera. Turn right on Canon Dr. Take the left fork to stay on Canon Dr, and then the park's driveway is on your right.
Via Maestra 42 Italian Restaurant, 3343 State St, call (805) 569-6522.
Renaud's Patisserie, 3315 State Street, call (805) 569-2400.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|walk the trail every monday, such a beautiful way to start a brand new week.|