Best Things to Do in Buellton California

Updated: January 28, 2021 | Has affiliate links

Buellton California is a small town north of Santa Barbara. Located right next to the 101 freeway, Buellton provides very easy access to the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley and north towards the California central coast area. However, there is not much to see and do in Buellton itself, but the area around Buellton is full of rolling hills, wineries and tourist attractions. We really enjoyed Buellton as a short stop on our drive from Pismo Beach back to Southern California. Come along with me as we explore my favorite things to do in Buellton California.

My Favorite Tourist Attractions in Buellton California

  • Have lunch or dinner at the Andersen’s Restaurant. You have to try their pea soup and see if you like it. It’s a very famous soup.
  • Stop and feed the emus and ostriches at Ostrich Land.
  • Make time to visit Solvang which is only 5 minutes drive away.

1. Eat at Andersen’s Restaurant.

Buellton California - People enjoying lunch inside Andersen's Restaurant.
People enjoying lunch inside Andersen’s Restaurant.
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This restaurant is what makes Buellton famous. If you ask anyone in Southern California if they have heard about Buellton, they will tell you about Andersen’s split pea soup. Well, this is the place where you can taste this famous soup. The restaurant is very nice inside and it has a pleasant atmosphere even though it is somewhat outdated. Andersen’s split pea soup was…salty for me. It has a very nice texture, but it was a bit too salty for me. However, we ordered some sandwiches for lunch which were very good.

2. Visit Ostrich Land

Buellton California - Ostriches eating vigorously at Ostrich Land in Buellton.
Ostriches eating vigorously at Ostrich Land in Buellton.
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If you have a little more time and especially if you have children, go over the freeway and stop at Ostrich Land. For a few dollars you get some food and a pan and off you go. You will definitely be very entertained as you feed these big birds. For some reason they are always hungry, so you have to be careful and not drop the pan. These birds are very powerful so use both arms to hold the pan. Our kids enjoyed much watching me be very scared of the birds. However, the food does run out very quickly, so maybe you want to buy some more.

How to Get to Buellton California?

Buellton is a small California town located north of Santa Barbara. If you drive north of Santa Barbara you will see lots of signs off the freeway with adverts for Buellton and Solvang. If you want to simplify things, Buellton is on the left of the freeway while Solvang is on the right of the freeway, if you travel North from Santa Barbara. So, it’s very easy to get to Buellton.

Map of Buellton California and surrounding area.

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Is it Worth Visiting Buellton California?

We found Buellton to be a great stop when we came back home from Pismo Beach. We spent about two hours in the area and were very relaxed for the rest of the trip back. Our kids also enjoyed stopping and stretching their legs and looking at the ostriches. All in all, Buellton is a great stop for the California traveler. Additionally, Buellton is a great place to explore the wine country in the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley.

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