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Santa Barbara Zoo

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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Good little zoo

We enjoyed visiting Santa Barbara zoo. There are lots of animals, and it's a nice park too (for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Duncan H
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Skipton, United Kingdom
Pretty good

Pretty good! Basically! It's a good zoo, pretty small though. If you get there for opening you can... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
McApples
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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...more
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed visiting Santa Barbara zoo. There are lots of animals, and it's a nice park too (for people from outside the US, it's pretty exciting to see the hummingbirds, mockingbirds and night herons that are flying around wild, not part of the zoo collection!)...More

Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Pretty good! Basically! It's a good zoo, pretty small though. If you get there for opening you can get it done in a morning. Seems to be great for kids, lots of activities and interactions for them.

Thank McApples
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo isn’t very big one. But it is clean and cozy inside. You can see most of the animals very close and some of the birds you can almost touch or take a very close look. You can pay for feeding the giraffe (it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great small zoo. Beautiful location and plenty of shady and grassy areas to relax. It’s well loved. Animals are very well taken care of. Informative staff.

Thank Leslie M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic zoo for families with small kids. It is small enough to visit in as little as two hours, yet it has a number of the larger animals. Animals include: Elephants, Lions, Giraffes and Gorillas. Our favorite is the Asian Small-clawed Otters.

Thank kintnerr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by here on a Sunday afternoon before heading out of town. We took the shuttle from the Wharf and it was really easy and cheap. The zoo was having some kind of Princess Day so all the kids had their costumes on and...More

Thank datherto
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Most of the animals seem happy. It’s decent for a small zoo. I would like to see more larger animals like zebra. A lot of the extra activities are costly. Severa dollars to feed the farm animals. $6 for a train ride. Somewhere around $6...More

Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to see the new baby giraffe, and wasn't disappointed. Was watching the lion while he roared, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Quite an amazing juxtaposition. The zoo only needs an hour or so to see, unlike huge destination zoos like San Diego.

Thank Lori B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re in the area, then spare a couple of hours for the Santa Barbara Zoo. They have all the standard zoo animals and the enclosures are quite good and what you’d expect from a professional zoo that cares about its animals. The only complaint...More

Thank Didge432
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

The grounds of the zoo are gorgeous! The birds were fabulous. I loved unobstructed views of the elephants and giraffes. However, because of its small size some of the exhibits has to be behind glass and I felt sorry for the animals because habitats weren’t...More

Thank Dsar6798
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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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