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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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I saw some of the reviews and say it was rated at #4 But I just don't see it. The zoo can be done... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kat S
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US
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A nice small zoo

This is a small zoo as compared to Los Angels zoo or San Diego Zoo. The zoo is well maintained and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mansi_Vij
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Bengaluru, India
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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.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I saw some of the reviews and say it was rated at #4 But I just don't see it. The zoo can be done within an hour or so not to much to see and some of the animals look disarray. The bald eagle they...More

Thank Kat S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small zoo as compared to Los Angels zoo or San Diego Zoo. The zoo is well maintained and its beautiful. From some points you can enjoy the beautiful sights of sea and hills. There is a small play area for toddlers and...More

Thank Mansi_Vij
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this zoo! Reminds me of the world famous San Diego Zoo. It's not as big, but the feel and details were there, which are definitely above average, and has a great variety of animals. Includes a fun & informative train ride throughout the...More

Thank jessica_green87
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a relatively small zoo but beautifully kept and it felt much more like a park than many other zoo's Ive seen. The animals are extremely heath and happy looking and the knowledge of the wardens is amazing. A great day for nature, knowledge...More

1  Thank jmckavoy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A smaller but fun packed zoo, it a great way to spend a day in Santa barbara. All the regular animals r here & a few hidden surprises await you, just behind a rock...

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the amazing review! I found it to be a hidden surprise in our SB Zoo TripAdvisor feed this morning! :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just got back from the Santa Barbara Zoo - wonderful experience, beautiful grounds and layout, great selection of exhibits, nice activities for kids as well as adults. The grounds are spacious and lush with greenery. Make sure you get there early...the parking lot fills up...More

1  Thank CoastalPicRick
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow, thanks for the wonderful headline, Coastal Pic Rick. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Santa Barbara Zoo feels like it's part zoo and part park. There are many open spaces which seem to want a picnic in them. The staff there is accommodating and highly knowledgeable. Also, the zoo is small enough for a day trip to see...More

Thank 157veekan
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, 157!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is across the street from the beach adjoining a small lake which makes it an ideal setting for kids. We are members of the Sb zoo and go at least once a month. There is always something fun happening for the kids daily....More

Thank Californiamamma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Santa Barbara Zoo is small but well laid out. It took about 90 minutes for my husband and I to view the exhibits. Parking was easy right at 10am but when we left at 11:30 the small lot was jammed. This is definitely a...More

Thank Rubysoho111
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review, Ruby. As you indicate, mornings and late afternoons are great times to visit the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our families favorite zoo. The animals seem happy and well cared for. The size isn't overwhelming. And the ocean views and breezes are wonderful. Highlight is feeding the giraffe - must pay extra. There's also a train for the locomotive lover in your...More

Thank Colleen C
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Colleen. The Santa Barbara Zoo is a great place to 'beat the heat' thanks to our seaside location. We look forward to your next visit!

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ecl921
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!
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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.
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Damilola E
25 March 2016|
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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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