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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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SB Zoo

Favorite attraction here in Santa Barbara for my grandchildren. A smaller zoo with fun animals and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Santa Barbara, California
Nice Zoo for Toddler

I visited the Santa Barbara Zoo for the first time with my 3 1/2 year old grandson this month. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jeannie D
West Hills, California, United States
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (87 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (36 reviews)
“animals seem” (22 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed yesterday

Favorite attraction here in Santa Barbara for my grandchildren. A smaller zoo with fun animals and beautiful grounds just across f rom the ocean. Zoo has a great kids play area with a grass hill for sliding (bring a piece of cardboard) Also has a...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited the Santa Barbara Zoo for the first time with my 3 1/2 year old grandson this month. The zoo is beautifully situated and landscaped well. The playground kept him busy and it was creative. The animals are somewhat limited and the cages seemed...More

Thank Jeannie D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Santa Barbara has a lot to offer! It is really nice to enjoy the beach, go shopping, enjoy the food. When you have some extra time I would really recommend to visit the zoo! It's very small, but so so cute! It was awesome seeing...More

Thank jordidelcroix123
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a great place for a family to see a variety of animals. Great size! Open year round. Slight hills but easy to walk. My kids enjoy the lion, elephants, and giraffes. Zoo discount and AAA discount available. Year round fun and great spot...More

Thank SpecialSkillz
Reviewed 3 days ago

Zoo is in very nice setting with views of the hills and the ocean. But cages seem small and collection of animals seems modest. Good for small children, but not for ecology minded or big animal lovers.

Thank Harv421
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pro's: cozy, nice area's, cute playground, beautiful garden with an outlook on to the ocean. Healthy, well groomed animals. OK: food and gifts are pretty standard for theme parks and zoo's. Cons: Train ride costs 5$ and goes around the zoo, mostly through employee's only...More

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

Thank you, Aya!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have visited several local Southern California zoos because of kids (LA, San Diego) and this is the best by far. Not too big especially when you are traveling with young kids. The location is awesome, right near the ocean and because of that, the...More

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

Thank you, Sidd! We look forward to your next visit. Stay tuned for exciting news in 2018!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Realy a nice zoo. Just the right size. Not too big that you are unable to see it all in one day. Large enough so that children would not get bored. Plenty to do and see.

Thank ellie2newjersey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love animals so had to visit and we were not disappointed. It is not as big as some city zoos but there was a great variety of animals and lots of activities for the families so kids seemed happy. Our favourites were the leopards...More

Thank CarlaJersey
Richard B, CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us and providing the nice review for Trip Advisor followers! And a BIG thank you for mentioning "conservation!" Though we promote it, not too many of our visitors appreciate the on-going contribution the Santa Barbara Zoo...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

For as small as this place is and as many exhibits that they had closed the day we went was way too expensive, $17.50 plus you pay extra for parking. Not worth it at all

Thank Brenda J
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Questions & Answers
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!
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.
Damilola E
25 March 2016|
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