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Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number:
+1 805-962-5339
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea...

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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And we fed giraffes

We loved loved feeding the giraffes. What a special treat! Overall, we enjoyed the zoo. We felt sad for many of the animals as the enclosures were small and uninspired.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Deborah A
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved loved feeding the giraffes. What a special treat! Overall, we enjoyed the zoo. We felt sad for many of the animals as the enclosures were small and uninspired.

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Thank Deborah A
Westlake Village, California
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely morning spent at the zoo with nice weather. Not too huge for getting around and seeing the animals and learning Have been here before some time ago. It was a lovely visit

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Thank Gillian W
Lincoln, California
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My bf and I decided to visit this zoo because we never been here before. It was worth seeing. Alot to see and do. Very nice

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Thank JuneBug1974
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's not San Diego but still a fun and interesting way to spend a few hours. The elephants are 45 years old and looked lethargic. The big cats and gorillas also appear bored. The birds are amazing and the snakes....We have mixed feelings about zoos but we are glad we went if only to support the care of these animals.

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Culver City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was really amazed by this zoo. OK, so it's not San Diego zoo. But for a small town, this was really lovely. Feeding the Giraffes was fun, seeing all the different birds they had and the lions too. Really a fantastic place to take the kids also. The Elephants were beautiful. The exhibits are really well put together.

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Thank julian h
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went here on a visit to Santa Barbara and had a great time! The zoo is lovely, clean and pleasant. It's mostly small animals but it's beautifully laid out and perfect for young children. They had a fun dinosaur show while we were there that my two year old granddaughter loved. Most of all, she loved going down a... More 

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Thank Mtdubs
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Feeding the Giraffe's is a great experience and one my children like to do every year. As Zoo's go, we find this one to be the perfect size, fairly easy to navigate around and plenty of kids activities to let them let off steam.

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this little zoo! Great animals. Love the history of the elephants, they've been together since '72. Lots of picnic space.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice note. I'll relay your compliments to Sujatha and Little Mac. You might want to check out the videos of the two elephants we have on our Santa Barbara Zoo Youtube Channel. They're big music fans. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara Zoo is the perfect zoo for the whole family big enough but not to big it will keep you entertained. With interactive attractions this zoo is a lot of fun. There is a small food place to get a bite. With animals that you do not always see at other zoos making this great for adults as well... More 

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Thank Jessica B
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks, Jessica. Our gardens are especially lush and green these days thanks to all the recent rain. More 

livermore, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the perfect size zoo. Small enough for a toddler's attention span but has enough to keep adults interested too. The play areas are spaced just where you need them for wiggle breaks. We took our children here 30 years ago on vacation and now our toddler grandchild lives in the area.

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Thank 317valeries
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks, 317 Values. We pride ourselves on being just the right size for little ones. Thanks for the nice note! More 

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