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Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-962-5339
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Ranked #10 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

In the words of my 10y old daughter .." this Zoo is well good"....so there you have it. Get the trolley from State Street. .its 50c one way...we walked and it was a lot further than we thought..got the trolley back..it stops/picks up right outside the Zoo. The zoo is quite small..some may say too small...but it's well set out... More

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Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
23 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The zoo is small in size but has a great selection of exotic animals lain well designed pens and lots of enrichment. Animals look healthy and happy. We are animal lovers and have been to many zoos around the world and us 4 adults enjoyed a lovely afternoon here. The botanical landscaping is equally lovely. Exotic animals include: snow leopard,... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Having been to the Philadelphia Zoo many times, this zoo is small in comparison but well worth the visit. You can feed the giraffes and it was fun to watch the children feeding them. Overall, it was a nice experience. It was within walking distance to our hotel and we spent 1/2 day there.

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Hawthorne, New Jersey, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

what a great zoo to spend the day with the family. My boys and I just recently took a trip to Ventura county to visit my daughter and this was one of our day trips. The zoo was a perfect size to spend a day there just taking in the sights and sounds of the jungle. It's not overwhelming for... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I recently visited the zoo with a friend and her two granddaughters, ages 9 and 12, visiting from Portland, Maine. The girls loved the zoo, and it's a very enjoyable day for adults as well. It's easy to see pretty much everything in just a few hours. There's a good variety of animals, and the grounds are beautiful. We took... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The train ride was a great way to get around the whole Zoo especially when legs are tired. Also very good for the children

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California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's not a big zoo but they have done a nice job. It's a perfect place to go with little kids, they have a beautiful open area for a possible picnic and when we visited, they were close to open their new Discovery Pavillion

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Fullerton, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Small zoo, but just right for a day with the kids or family. My kids were in high school and college when we went, and even they enjoyed it. It was a fun way to spend the day with the family.

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Reston, Virginia
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151 reviews 151 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Good place to bring the kids. Small and compact with some decent animal exhibits. Nothing special.....

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Golden, Colorado
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120 reviews 120 reviews
20 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I loved this zoo. Tip, get there when it opens for good parking options even though there is a good size parking lot and take the train ride even if you don't have kids! You will learn a lot about the animals. When walking through it, is a bit hilly, but not bad. The grounds are lovely and well kept.... More

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