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Santa Barbara Zoo

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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...more
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed 3 days ago

With an impressive variety of animals big and small, the Santa Barbara Zoo is an economical and fun way to spend an afternoon. It's small enough that it will only take you 1.5-2 hours to get through, and is close to East Beach so you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank heatherhey
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's not the biggest of zoos, but I felt like it had a lot to offer. Obviously if you goto one of the big zoos you are going to see a lot more... but don't be deterred here. We took my 2 yr old daughter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pennstateshah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a smaller zoo that is impeccably maintained with lots of interactive things for kids to do. Adults without kids would also enjoy spending several hours here in this ocean adjacent location.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a beautiful way to spend a sunny day in California! There was so much more here than I expected. The animals are plentiful and look well cared for. The grounds are easy to navigate as you stroll through nature's finest. I wish I was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ImTravelin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in December so nice and quiet and allowed us to take our time wandering around, the Zoo is very well kept and the staff are so friendly. The views from the Wave Cafe are stunning and turned our ‘quick bite’ into a relaxing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nyc_fi1597
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This zoo has a small footprint. I first visited as a stroller child. Later I took my daughter there also. I was playing tourist in SB last year after having moved away over 15 years ago. I wanted to visit the zoo since I knew...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Lorraine J
Reviewed 11 December 2018

I had driven past this zoo for decades, thinking that it must be a typical roadside zoo. WRONG. The facilities were well designed and maintained. Very nice exhibits. Biggest surprise was that it is as much a park for families as it is a place...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Neil B
Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

I’ve been going to this zoo for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved it. It’s a smaller zoo but is absolutely worth the trip. Absolutely can spend an entire afternoon for most people, or longer. They do a great job with exhibits...More

Thank sford4491
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Our family was in Santa Barbara for my husband's birthday. We went to the zoo for a fun activity with our four adult kids and our four grandsons, ages 9, 7, 5, and 2. This is not a giant, every animal species alive kind of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

So grandma and grandpa decided to drive down and take the grandkids to the Santa Barbara Zoo for a day visit. For a zoo, it is on the small side which was fine for the attention span of a 2 and 4 year old. However,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Tonka S
8 July 2018|
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Response from G5815AGlaurenb | Reviewed this property |
Yes, credit cards are accepted.
Rosa J
15 June 2018|
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Response from Dean N | Property representative |
Yest you may!
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!