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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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A Walkable Zoo

Unlike the massive LA Zoo, I usually prefer to drive up to Santa Barbara to visit the much smaller... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jim P
Los Angeles, California
A fun Zoo for kids of all ages - great environment

Like many other attractions in Santa Barbara, this Zoo is very educational and informative in an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sierra Madre, 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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  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed yesterday

Unlike the massive LA Zoo, I usually prefer to drive up to Santa Barbara to visit the much smaller (30 acres, 500 animals) Santa Barbara Zoo. (For one thing, it is almost impossible to visit the LA Zoo without having your ankles whacked by strollers...More

Thank Jim P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Like many other attractions in Santa Barbara, this Zoo is very educational and informative in an interesting and 'fun' manner. Kids seem to love to visit it again and again. The Train inside the Zoo is a nice treat and great way to get around...More

Thank PAC626
Reviewed 1 week ago

You've probably hear this line a thousand times in media, "Location, Location, Location. The Santa Barbara Zoo may not be the biggest, or even the best, but oh the location. Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara, a stones throw from the beach and minutes...More

Thank CIDiver
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is adorable! Very well kept and lots to see. For a small fee you can feed the Giraffes which we did and was pretty cool. During some seasons Santa Barbara has a shuttle to take tour around town which is what we did...More

Thank Marisalovestraveling
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Santa Barbara zoo is one of the best laid out public spaces I've been to. For starters, there is plenty of parking. Right at the entrance, you're greeted by a pond with swans and a cute bridge. A train track runs around the circumference...More

1  Thank Moira S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small zoo, but with a surprising number of animals (Gorillas, Lions, Giraffes, Elephants, etc., and lots of different birds). There is a small cost to take the little train which does a circuit around the entire zoo. Well worth it as you get views of...More

Thank TheTraveler860
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I usually don't like going to the zoo, but i have to say that this one feels a lot like a natural reserve. Animals are not kept in cage but they have the space to roam around in their enclosure. Great the idea of the...More

Thank LauraHaarp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You really can't beat this zoo. Sure, there are bigger zoos. Sure, there are zoos with more of a variety of animals. But this zoo, located across the street from East Beach in Santa Barbara is the best! Plenty of places to relax. Tons of...More

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

Thanks, Chris! We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The summer shuttle is very convenient for getting to the zoo. It was hot when we were there so many animals were hiding in the shade. Overall it is a small zoo that only takes about 2 hours to see everything. Not a very impressive...More

Thank PubHound
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cage glass is clean so you can get clear pictures. There is very little food to choose from, I woudv'e been much happier if they had those little food carts that sell sno-cones or ice cream. The train that goes around the zoo costs...More

Thank dondibee
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31 July 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!
Gwendalyn B
30 April 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.
Damilola E
25 March 2016|
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