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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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 13 January 2019

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 13 January 2019 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 30 December 2018

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 27 December 2018

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 17 December 2018 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 12 December 2018

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
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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!