A fun place to hold a team building activity in Santa Barbara

Event Description: During this fun treasure hunt adventure, you’ll explore the streets of Downtown Santa Barbara, enjoying the palm trees, the public art and the historical signage around every turn.

Location History:

Like most California towns, Santa Barbara’s first residents were Native Americans – in this case, the Chumash Indians. The Chumash gave way to Spanish soldiers in the 18th century, along with Spanish priests. When Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1822, Santa Barbara became part of Mexico and later joined the union in 1850. Big changes arrived during the Gold Rush, when the town change from a sleepy pueblo to a bustling town. In the 1900s, a railroad connected Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, further ending the town’s relative isolation. Perhaps the most significant event in the town’s history was the earthquake of 1925 that wiped out the downtown State Street corridor. The new-look architecture – “El Pueblo Viejo” – gave the city’s core historic district a distinctive look, characterized by red tile roofs, white stucco walls and decorative wrought iron.

Today, downtown Santa Barbara is pleasant place for a stroll and for shopping, with myriad cafes and restaurants to explore.


During your hunt:  Expect to encounter…a mysterious window cleaner…mosaic bookends…a literal house of clues…the oldest drugstore in California… and much, much more.


Not every corporate team building program is the same.  Depending on your group, your focus may be integrating new people into the team and breaking down personal boundaries and divisions.    Or you may have an existing department where teams could, with a little practice, cooperate and communicate more smoothly across teams and divisions.  Or you might simply have a group that thrives on the use of technology.    Let Dr. Clue customize your hunt program by selecting the content focus that best matches your group and your needs.



Gather along State Street, near the Art Museum

  1. Introductions/Ice Breakers/Rules–30 minutes
  2. Hunt ~90 minutes
  3. Team Building Wrap-Up & Discussion–30 minutes