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Santa Barbara Zoo

#3 of 172 things to do in Santa Barbara Features Animals
500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Not to be missed - with or without little ones

What a beautiful and well maintained zoo. So many animals to see in created habitats that are as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
630anitaa
Good trip

Very small zoo,not so many animals more reptiles ..but the ones that they do have are great and fun... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cindy G
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  • Average8%
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful and well maintained zoo. So many animals to see in created habitats that are as close as space allows to their natural environments. I thought it would be a little 2-3 hour zoo; but, if time allows, plan for at least 4...More

Thank 630anitaa
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review, 630Anitaa!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very small zoo,not so many animals more reptiles ..but the ones that they do have are great and fun to watch...great playground for the kids to have fun...nice landscape for kids to run around and have a great lunch.

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

Thanks, Cindy!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing little zoo! Very relaxing with lots of animals to see and enjoy! The grounds were amazingly kept and picturesque!!👍🏻

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

Thank you, BD! We'll relay your 'rave' to our hard-working horticultural team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small zoo but amazing. Will come back someday. Customercare was friendly and they let me in even before opening.

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

Thanks, Ints I. We will relay your review to our front gate staff!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Baby giraffes! We were lucky enough to see a Bon Voyage carcass meal for the young female lions who were being transferred to another zoo. The zoo & surrounding area are in a safe & very walkable location; great place to visit for everyone of...More

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

Thank you, Kimmy! We will relay your review to our animal kitchen.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love this zoo! Have been taking my children there for years. This zoo is located right across the street from the beach so needless to say the giraffes have an unbelievable view! Very manageable to see everything in whatever time you have. While a...More

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

Thank you, Luann. We are a 'private non-profit' which means we relay on the support of community members like you (the majority of zoos and aquariums in the U.S. are municipal and get regular tax funding). In fact, our SB Zoo Members have raised over...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Something of interest for the whole family, from Snakes and other small creatures of interest to the giraffes and other larger animals. Easy walking the paths are smooth and there is a small tram/train, but I have never taken it as the walk is so...More

Thank V5005WObarbarac
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you, Barbara!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting Santa Barbara we made it a point to visit the zoo. The zoo was located across the baseball field from out hotel. This zoo is one of the best I have ever visited, it was clean the grounds were beautiful and the animals...More

1  Thank Trisha D
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review, Trisha! We hope you and the girls visit again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admission charged. Built on a hill. Animal population was not real extensive but well thought out. The condor and eagle exhibit were nice. The elephant was amusing. Good place for young children. Lots of picnic areas. Would be OK if you had not been to...More

1  Thank ExploreEuropeLots
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We like the SB Zoo so much , so even only being here for 7 months we bought an annual pass. We come frequently and like this little kids friendly place. If you are coming only once it is a little expensive, if you come...More

1  Thank Thilo H
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you, Thilo! We rely on the support of community members like you!

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ecl921
How far from Sand piper lodge?public transportation??
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!
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Gwendalyn B
what is allowed inside the park?
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.
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Damilola E
Do I need to buy a ticket to get in? If I do, how much is it? Thank you.
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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