Everyone knows Santa Ynez Valley wineries and Santa Ynez golf courses bring visitors from all across the country to this beautiful spot along the central coast, but there is more to do than wine tasting if you’re considering visiting Santa Ynez this weekend. So here are our top 10 things to do in Santa Ynez (besides wine tasting).


 1. Hot Air Balloon Rides in California

With over 24 plus years experience, over 60,000 passengers, this locally owned family operated business, will lift your spirits and take your experience to new heights. Enjoy a breathtaking morning champagne flight over Santa Ynez Valley or a romantic evening champagne take off with vineyards view or celebrate with your clan of up to 16 people for a special occasion and once in a lifetime experience and one of the best things to do in Santa Ynez this weekend. 

Price Range: $225-$1850
2432 Railway Avenue,Suite A, Los Olivos, Ca 93441


 2. Sky Dive Santa Barbara

Thrill seekers look out at the Santa Ynez Valley while plunging out of a helicopter 18,000 ft above the seas and vineyards. Great for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and even engagements. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, what better way to relive your experience than to replay your very own skydive with your family and friends with a custom video of the once in a lifetime experience. 

Price Range: Starting at $159
1801 North H Street, Suite G, Lompoc, Ca 93436


 3. Wheel Fun Rentals

There is fun for the whole family with Wheel Fun Rentals in Santa Ynez. Rent a family sized Surrey and enjoy the town of Solvang with sites and treats at every corner or take a solo ride though the vineyard trails safely stopping at your favorite wineries. Whatever your choice, Wheel Fun Rentals has it all!

Price Range: $12-$50 an hour
475 First Street Solvang, Ca 93463

 4. Art Spot on Wheels

This mobile full service art studio experience is not just another sip and paint class. During your 3.5 hour session you will taste estate wine, paint the beautiful view in front of you and walk away with an original piece of artwork. Available for private events, such as, birthdays, bridal showers, team building events, and more! 

Price Range: $65-$125 Per Person
Location: It’s on wheels! 

 5. The Ultimate Escape Room

Are you a fan of live action adventure? Good at solving puzzles and intrigued by mystery?  The Ultimate Escape Room is for you. Quickly solve clues and puzzles before your time runs out in one of the fantasy escape experience rooms with your friends and family. Great for birthdays, graduations, team building and much more! Walk-ins and Reservations available. 

Price Range: Starting at $78 for two people
485 Alisal Road, Suite 120, Solvang, Ca 93463


6. Forage Florals

Ever been envious of that friend that seems to always create the perfect handmade bouquets? Join the workshops at Forage and Floral.  Learn to design the most beautiful bouquets with locally sourced flowers within a 5 mile radius of the shop located in Santa Ynez.  All bouquets at Mother Nature approved and sure to be a hit at your next party. 

Price Range: Contact this email forageflorals@gmail.com
1095 Meadowvale Road, Santa Ynez, Ca 93460

7. Vino Vaqueros

The 75-90 minute horseback ride takes place on the private Estelle estate in the Santa Ynez Valley. Horses provided are for all levels and children 8 years old and up are welcome. Enjoy a walking pace experience with cinematic views. Better yet? Bring your own picnic from one of the local Santa Ynez shops, such as
Panino, The Lucky Hen Larder, or SY Picnic Co to make for an ultimate day of good company, food, and fun. 

Price Range: $150 per person, Two person minimum
Estelle Vineyards 2178 Mora Avenue, Santa Ynez, Ca 93460


8. Ostrichland USA

Just a pit stop along the way to the charming town of Solvang, Ostrichland USA is a must see. Nicknamed “Buellton’s Favorite Pets” there are over 100 plus Ostriches and Emus at the ranch.  This is an experience that you will remember and hopefully return visit your new found friends. Come feed, watch and get to know the Emus and Ostriches at Ostrichland USA. 

Price Range: $5 for general admission, $2 for 12 years old and under
610 E Highway 246 Solvang, Ca 93463

9. Chumash Casino

Are you feeling lucky?  Look no further than the Chumash Casino.  Enjoy a day of games, cards, and wins at the only casino in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Chumash Casino has been rated the #1 casino on the central coast valley for decades. They offer a free shuttle from the Santa Barbara area if you are staying there and in town spa services if the dice isn’t your vice. Either way The Chumash is a must visit if you are in the Santa Ynez area. 

Price Range: They Sky’s  the Limit
3400 E Highway, Santa Ynez, Ca 93460

10. Space VR

Whether you are a single player or joining your friends in a multi-player adventure, you will experience a state of the art Virtual Experience. Actively participate in full 360 degree with their HTC vive systems driven by powerful computers and superior graphics at Space VR. There are over 500 of the newest and most exciting games to choose from to make your Virtual Experience as real as it gets.  

Price Range: $20 for 30 mins, $35 for an hour
320 Alisal Road, Suite 104, Solvang, Ca 93463