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Santa Barbara Zoo

#4 of 177 things to do in Santa Barbara Features Animals
500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Cute Zoo!

We enjoyed this well maintained zoo. It is easily do-able in 2.5 hours and a good experience for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Small zoo that's looking rather 'tired' but worth an hour of your time

I'll start by saying that my 'gold standard' for a zoo are the San Diego Zoo and the Columbus Zoo... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anchorage, Alaska
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This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of more than 500 animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion that once presided over manicured lawns and gardens is gone—replaced by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, elephants, gibbons, snow leopards and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (85 reviews)
“perfect size” (31 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed this well maintained zoo. It is easily do-able in 2.5 hours and a good experience for families with children 10 and under. Feed the giraffes! Good picture moment!

Thank Mismel2kl
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'll start by saying that my 'gold standard' for a zoo are the San Diego Zoo and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium so I realize my standards are high. This little zoo would be great for families with young kids who are wanting nice areas...More

Thank PamelaAlaska
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great zoo for kids young and old. Beautiful grounds, animals seem happy and well cared for in carefully designed habitats. Good food options, places to play and run, a train, you can feed the giraffe (for addl fee).

Thank E9376TNsusanc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful zoo, the prettiest I've seen. Take the zoo train to gain a perspective on all the exhibits and the layout. It's an intimate place and one can view the animals quite closely. Personnel is exceptionally helpful and friendly. A thoroughly enjoyable visit. Not...More

1  Thank Leon P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fun easy walking zoo. Lots a great animals, the giraffes were my favorite and really fun to watch! It also had a very cute train that ran around the whole park. A fun time!

1  Thank E4605JRsusanc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a Tuesday at opening. There is good parking, which might be a challenge later in the day. We budgeted $37 for our trip to the zoo. But being disabled seniors we wound up paying $26 total. Hint: get your tickets online to...More

Thank Rene V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo really impressed. Beautiful grounds, so much so that the landscaping could be its own exhibit. Beautiful views and location. And an incredible layout that spreads out both the animals you came there to see and the other zoo-goers you didn't come there to...More

Thank Amy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo was a wonderful surprise. I was a bit skeptical of the zoo at first but the size and quality was perfect for adults and small kids.

Thank attiecat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

perfect size and animals seem very content and happy and well cared for. very clean and employees very friendly and for the area a very good bargain

Thank fd172
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this zoo and we were so happy that we did! Our daughter loved it and so did we. What a hidden gem!

Thank Jay W
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Questions & Answers
1 August 2016|
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Response from Dean N | Property representative |
Hello, EC: You might want to google the link to the bus system. There's lots of good info above. See you at the Zoo!
Gwendalyn B
1 May 2016|
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Response from Christy W | Reviewed this property |
You can bring food in the park and there are some really nice grassy areas in the back of the park to set up a picnic and let the kids run around.
Damilola E
25 March 2016|
Response from Richard B | Property representative |
Thank you for considering a visit to the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo! Admission for adults (13-64) is $17; children (2-12) is $10; seniors (65+) is $13; and children under 2 are free. Parking is $7, but there is ample... More

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