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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 small zoo

The grounds of the zoo are gorgeous! The birds were fabulous. I loved unobstructed views of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dsar6798
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Memphis
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Loved it, but no Tiger

Small but very nice zoo. The layout was easy to follow and the foliage was beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barbara S
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Camarillo, 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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (90 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (39 reviews)
“animals seem” (23 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The grounds of the zoo are gorgeous! The birds were fabulous. I loved unobstructed views of the elephants and giraffes. However, because of its small size some of the exhibits has to be behind glass and I felt sorry for the animals because habitats weren’t...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small but very nice zoo. The layout was easy to follow and the foliage was beautiful. Additionally it helped keep the area shaded so it was a pleasant space to be in. The staff was very nice and accommodating.....but don't ask them to take pictures...More

Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the zoo prior to a pre-wedding meeting that is scheduled at the zoo later this year. While not a lot of animals the enclosures are very nice.

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

Thank you, David. We look forward to seeing you at your nuptials later this year.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Feeding the giraffes alone made the trip worth it (extra cost) but we were very pleasantly surprised at this lovely smaller zoo. My kids were 8 and 10 and not bored. My mom loved the plants and views. Lots of diversity. Great educational component -...More

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

Thanks, Pasadenacanuck!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just usual zoo but in a beautiful location and easy to access and walk to .. has usual amenities cafe and toilets

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this zoo mainly to practice wildlife photography in advance of a trip to Africa. We had mixed results as it was often impossible to photograph the animals without showing parts of their enclosures. That said, the zoo is small and manageable, there...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo was very cool and had a great array of animals. The train ride around the zoo was fun and the conductor was funny!! Great place to see 🦁🐧🙉🐸🐊🦈s!!

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

Thanks, DebE!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had never been to the Santa Barbara Zoo and decided to enjoy a day there. All of the animals were out, so we had a great time. The zoo is smaller so it was nice for walking around and we even got on the...More

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

Thanks, Palms!

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

It is a greta zoo you can actually navigate in a few hours. I performed a wedding there a number of years ago. Great fun.

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

Thanks for the review, Steve!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We visited the zoo on a beautiful afternoon in February. The zoo is small and charming and was built on the site of a former estate which overlooks the ocean. We enjoyed the 400 pound gorillas (brothers), the meerkats (the sentry standing erect on the...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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