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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!

I do not typically like zoos, but this is my favorite, and only zoo I will ever take my kids too... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
GypsyGrl77
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Los Angeles, California
Family friendly and well looked after Zoo

We travelled there with our 1 year-old. It's a fantastic Zoo. Lots to see and very well kept. loved... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LondonRJack
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London, United Kingdom
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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” (91 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (39 reviews)
“animals seem” (25 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I do not typically like zoos, but this is my favorite, and only zoo I will ever take my kids too. The setting is beautiful, and peaceful. Its a small, quaint, and almost boutique style zoo. The employees are all awesome, and don't get irritated...More

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Richard B, CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to submit your thoughtful review. I was so pleased to see you acknowledge the priority we place on animal welfare and our conservation programs. I hope more visitors will follow your example and ask questions! Members of our Animal...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travelled there with our 1 year-old. It's a fantastic Zoo. Lots to see and very well kept. loved it

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It will take you 2 hours to go around the all zoo. Venue is quite nice, green and great location, close to the warf. Animals seem to be happy and the staff is switch on and passionate. They just invited koalas in and we found...More

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

Thanks, Hitch! Edmund and Thackory, the koalas, send their love.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting Santa Barbara zoo. There are lots of animals, and it's a nice park too (for people from outside the US, it's pretty exciting to see the hummingbirds, mockingbirds and night herons that are flying around wild, not part of the zoo collection!)...More

Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good! Basically! It's a good zoo, pretty small though. If you get there for opening you can get it done in a morning. Seems to be great for kids, lots of activities and interactions for them.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

This zoo isn’t very big one. But it is clean and cozy inside. You can see most of the animals very close and some of the birds you can almost touch or take a very close look. You can pay for feeding the giraffe (it...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Great small zoo. Beautiful location and plenty of shady and grassy areas to relax. It’s well loved. Animals are very well taken care of. Informative staff.

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

Thanks, Leslie! We look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

This is a fantastic zoo for families with small kids. It is small enough to visit in as little as two hours, yet it has a number of the larger animals. Animals include: Elephants, Lions, Giraffes and Gorillas. Our favorite is the Asian Small-clawed Otters.

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

Thanks, Kintnerr. If you missed the koalas, they'll be visiting till April 2019.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We stopped by here on a Sunday afternoon before heading out of town. We took the shuttle from the Wharf and it was really easy and cheap. The zoo was having some kind of Princess Day so all the kids had their costumes on and...More

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

Thanks for taking the Waterfront Shuttle, Dath. After zipping along the beach for two miles, lets you out right at the Zoo's front gate.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Most of the animals seem happy. It’s decent for a small zoo. I would like to see more larger animals like zebra. A lot of the extra activities are costly. Severa dollars to feed the farm animals. $6 for a train ride. Somewhere around $6...More

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Rosa J
15 June 2018|
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Response from Cavydad | Reviewed this property |
Plan to bring a lunch. I prefer the nearby beach.
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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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