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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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Beautiful zoo with nice assortment of animals

This is a cool little zoo that has a variety of creatures from penguins to lions. The grounds are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jerjon
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Mojave California
Great day trip stop from Los Angeles.

The zoo is not too large, but appears to have newer enclosures and a very friendly staff. Was a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kellen007
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Los Angeles
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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 yesterday

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 2 days 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.

Thank Kellen007
Reviewed 4 days 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 3 days ago

Thanks, Busyman!

Reviewed 1 week 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
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Your review made our day. Thanks for the thoughtful posting, Ally.

Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank JFSD
Reviewed 1 week 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
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks, Christie! We look forward to your next visit.

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

Wow! Thanks for the lovely note, Cavydad. I will share it with the rest of the team.

Reviewed 2 weeks 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
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks, Rob. Please check out the cover story in last week Santa Barbara Independent on Amur leopards. It has some terrific photos of Ajax and Wyatt. Fingers are crossed for cubs later this year.

Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 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!

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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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