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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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Always Fun

Grew up in SB going to this zoo. Now when I visit I take my daughter.Though not a big fan of zoos... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ally G
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Auburn, California
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GREAT LITTLE ZOO!

We had a wonderful day at the zoo. This is a lovely little zoo with a fantastic and well informed... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JFSD
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Tuxedo Park, New York
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (90 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (39 reviews)
“animals seem” (22 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Grew up in SB going to this zoo. Now when I visit I take my daughter.Though not a big fan of zoos - this one is gorgeous and the animals seem to get good care. My daughter has enjoyed it many times.

Thank Ally G
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a wonderful day at the zoo. This is a lovely little zoo with a fantastic and well informed staff! Zoo is very well maintained. We personally got to feed the 5 giraffes. Amazing! Also notable was the train conductor who knew all about...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is one of our favorite zoos! It is small and manageable. It is so pretty with views of the ocean. You can bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it in the very spacious lawn and even watch a Dino show. The kids can...More

Thank 333Christie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Practically perfect in every way. The size is not overpowering and the crowds do not get in the way of a perfect day. For families with young children and even couples who simply want a pleasant walk it is a enjoyable zoo. Perhaps the San...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice small zoo, with large zoo quality exhibits and unique species at peril in the wild that are being conserved here in partnership with world wide network of wildlife conservation organizations such as WCF. Easy parking

Thank robgriffith5365
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small and beautiful zoo, easy to see most everything in an afternoon. We had closeup views of gorillas, giraffes, lions and many other creatures. When our feet got tired, we hitched a ride around the perimeter on the photo-worthy little train. A...More

Thank Curlyque99
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks, Curlyque. Many kids say our train is their favorite "animal at the zoo!"

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located directly across the street from Santa Barbara’s East Beach, this should be on everyone’s “must do” list for visitors with children. It is small and easily walkable, with a nice assortment of animals. There is a train ride around the perimeter of the zoo...More

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

Thanks for the kind words and support!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is difficult to review the zoo because I guess it’s kind of cute for what it is. What it is is a very, very small zoo that would be a nice day trip for families with very young children who tend to tire out...More

Thank jlormeau
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this zoo is not large, it is charming. A great place for children, easy to see all the animals in a day, lovely places to picnic AND a charming miniature train ride around the perimeter. Factor in the (usually) beautiful weather and superb location...More

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

Thanks, Jacqueline!

Reviewed 11 December 2017

This is the perfect outing for young families. Not huge but charming and sweet, right near the water. Your kids will love it!

Thank luvtotravel4ever
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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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