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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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For a quick getaway

It will take you 2 hours to go around the all zoo. Venue is quite nice, green and great location... read more

Reviewed yesterday
hitchthehiker2000
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Nice, France
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Good little zoo

We enjoyed visiting Santa Barbara zoo. There are lots of animals, and it's a nice park too (for... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Duncan H
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Skipton, 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.
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  • Average8%
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“train ride” (90 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (39 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank hitchthehiker2000
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

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

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Reviewed 5 days 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 1 week 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 today

Thanks, Leslie! We look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 today

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank datherto
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to see the new baby giraffe, and wasn't disappointed. Was watching the lion while he roared, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Quite an amazing juxtaposition. The zoo only needs an hour or so to see, unlike huge destination zoos like San Diego.

Thank Lori B
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for the nice review, Lori! We are across the street from East Beach set on the site of a former estate only 2 miles from State Street.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re in the area, then spare a couple of hours for the Santa Barbara Zoo. They have all the standard zoo animals and the enclosures are quite good and what you’d expect from a professional zoo that cares about its animals. The only complaint...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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