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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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my favorite zoo in the world

As far as zoos go (caged animals), this one is gorgeous. Beautiful grounds in the hills by the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
iraddes
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palos verdes, ca
Cute Zoo

We enjoy the zoo but with most things, it gets expensive. Train rides and feeding the giraffes are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cynthia A
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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 by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, elephants, gibbons, snow leopards and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats.
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As far as zoos go (caged animals), this one is gorgeous. Beautiful grounds in the hills by the ocean. Compact, pleasant to walk, nice spots for a meal. Aviaries were lovely. They have elephants and snow leopards! They have play areas for little kids. You...More

Thank iraddes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy the zoo but with most things, it gets expensive. Train rides and feeding the giraffes are an additional cost as well as rock climbing. Make sure to bring cardboard to ride down ant hill. Not to stress, people leave their cardboard all the...More

Thank Cynthia A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a must see place in Santa Barbara. While animals are really well taken care of, the ocean view of this amazing location and the view to the lake it’s amazing. Also, don’t miss the trip with a train 🚂 which is a nice...More

Thank Lucyinba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I went to this zoo I was in love with the animals. We were having a great time until I slipped on an area of water that had been leaking for a while. It had alge growing. I didn’t see it until I went...More

Thank Valerie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is gorgeous! It’s small so it’s easy to get around and you can see everything in just a couple hours. You can also feed the giraffes which was pretty awesome! The zoo itself was very clean and the animals look to be well...More

Thank jessavena
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Jessvena! We look forward to your next visit. May I recommend taking the train along the coast, then taking a Waterfront Shuttle from the station right to the Zoo's entrance?

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always took family when they came into town, grown ups or kids, its a fun place to walk all over, or just sit and enjoy the gorgeous views of the ocean, the islands, since it sits up high.

Thank doris s
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Doris! Have you considered hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at the Santa Barbara Zoo? A few families pack up their "TG Picnic" and enjoy the views while they celebrate and let the kids run around on the grass.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good walk for the money you pay. It is not a big zoo but it is pretty well organized so you can’t really miss anything. Very clean and a decent variety of birds and animals. Also 2 interesting tropical exhibits. In the center of the...More

Thank Stefan F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a cool little zoo that has a variety of creatures from penguins to lions. The grounds are well-kept and the landscaping and views of the ocean while strolling between exhibits is great. Take the shuttle to the zoo for a relaxing afternoon activity....More

Thank jerjon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The zoo is not too large, but appears to have newer enclosures and a very friendly staff. Was a great way to spend a few hours.More

1  Thank Kellen007
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Kellen! Don't forget, families can enjoy the zoo, then walk across the street to East Beach. Taking AMTRAK up from LA and then jumping on the MTD Water Front Shuttle (just fifty cents!) also adds to the fun. The Water Front Shuttle picks at...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family visit to the zoo with an elderly member was excellent! Great exhibits and close up interactions maje this one of my Favorite places to visit! Consessions are available thru out the facilities!!

Thank 1busyman
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Busyman!

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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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