Goleta is located about 8 miles west of the city of Santa Barbara, along the coast of southern California. On each side of Goleta you will see the Los Padres National Forest's Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Goleta has several public parks to make for a relaxing afternoon, including Stow Park, Lake Los Carneros, and the Coronado Butterfly Preserve.
While you are visiting Goleta you can see some historical sites such as the Stow House, an 1872 structure stocked with period furnishings. The grounds include the Goleta History Museum, a working Blacksmith Shop, a Maritime Museum and Carriage House. The city's premiere annual event is the Goleta Lemon Festival. The event is held over two weekend days every October.
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