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Santa Barbara Zoo

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“giraffe feeding”(41 reviews)
“animals seem”(25 reviews)
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

Santa Barbara Zoo is not a huge zoo, but it is fun place to go to view different animals. It's a kid friendly zoo with interactive descriptions about the animals. There is a short train ride that will take you around the zoo.From Flamingos to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank judizm2018
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed an afternoon walking the zoo. There were multiple volunteers or staff around sharing bits of information about the animals.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank squoofy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a small zoo compared to others. However, it was worth the visit if you love animals. We got to walk through the entire zoo within 4 hours and still got the chance to visit some spots twice or more. The most surprising thing for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EJ885
Reviewed 1 week ago

I take my kids here when I need a little day trip from Los Angeles. They have a cute train ride and a cute picnic/play area that my little guys enjoy. We basically just come here for the train ride, the Dippin Dots and the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank the_real_flipflops
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Barbara Zoo is great for a fun visit. This small zoo gives you an intimate experience with all the different animals they have here - Very good for kids.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank scuba-chuck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Zoo is a wonderful surprise right in Santa Barbara. It has a varied group of animals seemingly centred on Africa but with some variety. The animals generally are in good cages with excellent viewing areas. Worth going just to see the California Condor if...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brian and Debbi... K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara I picked up a brochure for the zoo at my hotel. It had been awhile since I'd been to a zoo, and I was excited to check it out. While fairly small (around 30 acres), the grounds are...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 622jeanetteb
Reviewed 13 February 2019

We enjoyed our visit today with the grandkids. The map needs to be better detailed sp you can find your way around.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank susankN6295QM
Reviewed 24 January 2019

The SB Zoo is ideally located overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The SB climate being what it is, means the zoo is pleasant any month of the year you want to visit. It isn't the largest of zoos but has a good variety of animals and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

In short, beautiful and accommodating. Just wow! So so sooo impressed with the party experience. Working with Tanner from prebooking to the day of the event was beyond expectation. He provided insight for the different venues available and I decided on the most beautiful location...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Adriana J
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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!