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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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A great small zoo!

The Santa Barbara Zoo encompasses about 30 acres and is home to around 500 animals/birds/reptiles... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Nebraska O
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Sutherland, Nebraska
Fun time...

The 'feed the giraffes' was amazing...I had never fed a giraffe before and was so excited...train... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
vicki618
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Fresno, California
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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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“train ride” (88 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (38 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed yesterday

The Santa Barbara Zoo encompasses about 30 acres and is home to around 500 animals/birds/reptiles (Heaven knows how many bugs... the hissing cockroach exhibit was packed!). It is the perfect visit for a day with young children. We took my two granddaughters, ages 4 and...More

Thank Nebraska O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 'feed the giraffes' was amazing...I had never fed a giraffe before and was so excited...train ride was informative...gift shops throughout zoo was a nice touch...very enjoyable day...

Thank vicki618
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this...great walk! Good variety for such a small place. Very kid friendly with easy to follow course.

Thank Larrossi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time at the Santa Barbara zoo. Not a big zoo, but has a nice layout, good animal exhibits. Enjoyed watching the “pumpkin smashing” by the elephants. Ideal zoo for families with young children. If you are in Santa Barbara, you should certainly check...More

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

Thanks, Eric. We hope to see you at the SB Zoo next Thanksgiving!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very small. Probably good for young children. Most animals were laying down and very depressed it seemed to me. Only the elephants were somewhat active. We ordered some food right when we entered the zoo and they lost our order. The grounds are clean and...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely zoo staff very friendly we opted for the giraffe feeding experience the zoo operates a conservation program would recommend for younger families with picnic areas train rides check ahead as it doesn’t run every day can be toured in 2-3 hours

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

Thanks, Ashleigh!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many people have said this Zoo is the most beautiful zoo they have ever been to. Views of the ocean, and mountains are abundant. The little train is fun for all! The exhibits have been very well funded by generous benefactors, and are of very...More

Thank Heathenone
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Awesome! Couldn't have said it better ourselves! We are thumping our trunks on the ground and trumpeting with excitement.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone is so nice who works at the zoo. The zoo is clean but smells bad everywhere in comparison to the Ohio zoos. There are really gorgeous macaws in the zoo. There are also neat animal exhibits, just not a ton of animals at the...More

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a small zoo, with a very different approach to larger zoos. Beautiful area with tables and benches so you can bring a picnic and enjoy being right in the heart of it. And you can feed giraffes!!., I did! Our grandchildren loved being...More

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

Thank you, Vicki! We appreciate your ongoing support and kind words.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped on the way from Santa Ynez Valley to LA. Clean, well-maintained exhibits and young, friendly staff. We saw animals out at every exhibit. Not sure if that was good luck or the norm. Very pleasant way to spend a couple hours on a...More

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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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