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“Beautiful zoo with nice assortment of animals”
Review of Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo
Ranked #15 of 186 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 21 January 2018

This is a cool little zoo that has a variety of creatures from penguins to lions. The grounds are well-kept and the landscaping and views of the ocean while strolling between exhibits is great. Take the shuttle to the zoo for a relaxing afternoon activity. Animals seemed well and their environments looked clean.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

The zoo is not too large, but appears to have newer enclosures and a very friendly staff. Was a great way to spend a few hours.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Thanks, Kellen!

Don't forget, families can enjoy the zoo, then walk across the street to East Beach.

Taking AMTRAK up from LA and then jumping on the MTD Water Front Shuttle (just fifty cents!) also adds to the fun. The Water Front Shuttle picks at Stearns Warf (about a block from the train station) and lets you out at the SB Zoo front gate.

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Family visit to the zoo with an elderly member was excellent! Great exhibits and close up interactions maje this one of my Favorite places to visit! Consessions are available thru out the facilities!!

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Thanks, Busyman!

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Grew up in SB going to this zoo. Now when I visit I take my daughter.Though not a big fan of zoos - this one is gorgeous and the animals seem to get good care. My daughter has enjoyed it many times.

Thank Ally G
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Your review made our day. Thanks for the thoughtful posting, Ally.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We had a wonderful day at the zoo. This is a lovely little zoo with a fantastic and well informed staff! Zoo is very well maintained. We personally got to feed the 5 giraffes. Amazing! Also notable was the train conductor who knew all about the zoo history and about the animals and their habits. He stopped when one of the animals was doing something special he thought we should see and explained what was happening. My 7 year old also really enjoyed the playground which was themed to the zoo. Great day we will be back!

Thank JFSD
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