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Santa Barbara Zoo

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“train ride”(93 reviews)
“giraffe feeding”(40 reviews)
“animals seem”(24 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 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

1  Thank A250XYcarriem
Reviewed 6 days 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

Thank KonaRod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Alexandria N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank rickalbropainting
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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.

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

1  Thank Billy H
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Great little zoo with big grassy areas looking over East Beach and the ocean. Great for anyone but especially families and kids (or those who are kids at heart)

Thank edinsb2018
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Charming, comfortable in a day and exciting Zoo. The Santa Barbara zoo is a fun experience for kids and adults. You can explore in half a day and get the kiddos home for their nap, or you can spend the day and have lunch at...More

Thank deewiz2017
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

My son, Rich,my grandson, Nixon-Lee, & I had a great time at the zoo.. the giraffe feeding was our favorite..

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Tonka S
8 July 2018|
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Response from Lauren B | 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!