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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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Top Santa Barbara Family Attraction

Extraordinary zoo for a town of this size. Ideslly suited for families with small children. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David H
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Lima, Peru
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Perfect Zoo

We have six year old triplets. This is a perfect sized zoo for them. Not too big so that we have to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Linh R
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Fountain Valley, 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.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (92 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 yesterday via mobile

Extraordinary zoo for a town of this size. Ideslly suited for families with small children. The local custom is to come with a picknick basjet and blanket and hang out on the hill after checking out the wild ones. Easily a virtually all day visit....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have six year old triplets. This is a perfect sized zoo for them. Not too big so that we have to trek for hours to see animals. Not too small that the kids would get bored easily. We spent three hours here. We attended...More

Thank Linh R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I had my small grandchildren with me in Santa Barbara so this zoo was a treat. It is nicely done, clean and had the beautiful California coast weather to help us enjoy our break from the South Texas heat.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A little hilly but a nice zoo. Has a nice play area for the kids and a train ride. Spent about 3 hours here.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Smaller than expected and a bit pricey but beautiful grounds and views. Very clean zoo. Paid around $18 for parking.More

Thank Meagan E
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Richard B, CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for making the Zoo part of your Santa Barbara experience and for taking the time to share your thoughts on TripAdvisor. We are fortunate to have mountain views to the north and Pacific beaches to the south. The Santa Barbara Zoo was developed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with friends and their granddaughter. It was an educational experience for everyone and we had a pleasant and leisurely experience.

Thank Ingineer66
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful zoo with a surprisingly large collection of animals. If visiting in the summer I would recommend going when they open in the

Thank lanaleah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice, fairly small zoo with a varied selection of animals. They have a small children’s play area with an ant hill style hill the children can slide down on pieces of cardboard—that was a big hit with all the children we saw, as well...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took grandchildren and we have all been to the LA Zoo, this however was really great, smaller scale but very well designed. Many exhibits.lots of shade, places to sit, great play area for kids, picnic tables so definitely bring lunch. Animals great and unusual. Some...More

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

Thanks for the lovely note, Maxine. We look forward to your return. In the meantime, we alert our food & beverage team to your suggestion.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful treasure for such a small town. We have a family membership and love to take the grandchildren there, especially for their special events on Halloween and Christmas, and their special "snow event" where they bring in artificial snow for sledding.

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

Thanks for the lovely note, Ruhskis! Come visit the koalas (if you have not done so already)!

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Tonka S
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Yest you may!
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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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