Hidden Valley Park
||Santa Barbara, CA|
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Hidden Valley Park has a special feeling to it. Sometimes it feels spooky, other times beautifully peaceful. Deep in a sunken area in Hidden Valley, at the bottom of a steep path is the playground. This is a great place to come on windy days because it is completely wind-still and sheltered. A steady stream of mommies come with their little ones throughout the day to enjoy the toddler playground, which is low to the ground and safe. There are slides, baby swings, a bouncy zebra, and benches all around. The creek goes by the park and older kids enjoy throwing gum nuts over the fence into the water. The tall trees and the moist feeling in the air make this park a nature-filled place to renew your spirits when your kids are driving you crazy! Come down here and talk to the other moms and leave feeling refreshed!
Another playground to check out is the one at Elings Park where there is also a sunny paved walk along a hilltop and offleash dog trails. Also nearby is Steven's Park, where there is a toddler playground and a hike past meadows to a stream.
If you're hungry, head to La Cumbre Mall where there are some nice outdoor cafes hidden around the corner from the Sears, or drive north on Las Positas to Via Maestra 42, for an out-of-this-world yummy gelato or an Italian sandwich.
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Looking down at the park through the lovely-smelling eucalyptus trees.
The play structures.
View of line of palm trees in a private driveway nearby.
Tall, tall trees surround you and your toddler.
Hidden Valley Park is located at Torino Dr and Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara CA 93105.
Exit Highway 101 at Las Positas Rd and turn toward the ocean. Turn right on Modoc Rd at the big intersection. Turn left on Palermo Dr and then right on Torino Dr. When you see all the eucalyptus trees on your right, park along the road. A path leads down to the park.
There are no restrooms.
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|There is a new play structure there now that is about half the size of the one pictured. The sand is gone and has been replaced with barkchips surrounding a rubber mat. The only swings there are the toddler/ infant swings. There are lots of tables and BBQ pits. It is still a beautiful location and quiet and a good place for very young kids(1-3yrs).|