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Santa Barbara Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Santa Barbara Zoo General Admission
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“slide down”(13 reviews)
“giraffe feeding”(41 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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All reviews train ride slide down giraffe feeding animals seem perfect size few hours ocean view all ages great for kids bird refuge couple of hours beautiful grounds los angeles state street cardboard enclosures exhibits
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Reviewed 4 days 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 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
1  Thank A250XYcarriem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Thank KonaRod
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Love the Zoo, Great for a day trip in Santa Barbara! Lots of animals! Very relaxing setting for families and couples on a date!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Alexandria N
Reviewed 24 October 2018

After a show at the santa barbara bowl the next day we like to relax at the zoo great place to take a walk and relect about life looking at the veiws.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rickalbropainting
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Had a relaxing morning wandering round this nice wee zoo, which is well kept and doesn't mean your legs are aching after a real hike after going round. I went during the week when it was quiet. GIven its size I suspect at weekends it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Heidbummer
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Location is great. Weather is pretty good almost 12 months out of the year. No bad time or season to go. One day is enough time to see everything. Great for kids of all ages.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dina857
Reviewed 12 October 2018

My wife and I lived in San Diego for a number of years and were members at the San Diego Zoo. The Santa Barbara Zoo is not the San Diego Zoo but no other zoo is. This zoo maintains a high level of quality in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Billy H
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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!