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Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-962-5339
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
Description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Victorville
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is beautiful and easy to get around in, starting from the parking lot. Don't expect to spend all day here as it is much smaller than say the LA or San Diego Zoos but definitely worth the price of admission. Parking is $6, Adult admission is $15, and if you'd like to have a giraffe eat... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a real treasure for a city of less than 100,000 to have. It is very accessible with a lot of parking both on and just off the Zoo grounds. It is a very pleasant place to walk through, although you can catch a cart lift if you wish or even ride it's little train.(listen for... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a sweet little zoo with some amazing animals for a zoo it's size. There are gorillas and many big cats and you can feed the giraffes-an amazing experience. My favorite is the little penguin with the special shoe built by a local company for it's damaged little foot. Gorgeous grounds and impressive Condor exhibit as well.

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Santa Barbara CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I love the Santa Barbara Zoo for its beautiful lush ocean side setting and its attention to the care and well being of the animals in naturalistic habitats. I have visited many zoos in the US and a few in Europe, but the Santa Zoo is my favorite one. You can do a quick 2 to 3 hour tour of... More

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southern california
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85 reviews 85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We love coming to this zoo. The grounds are beautiful and love the location. The views are amazing. Kids love feeding the giraffes. We love taking the train ride around the park. Employees are very friendly. Great way to spend our spring break!

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Seattle
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This lovely zoo has ocean vistas and beautiful landscaping. Although we did not visit with children, we noticed that the play areas were well kept and unique. We used public transportation to reach the zoo; the on and off tour bus, 50 cent waterfront trolley, and city bus all have a zoo route. This is a smaller zoo but just... More

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SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Highly recommend going. The grounds are beautiful even including ocean view, a very nice park setting if you want to picnic or buy food there. The exhibits are intimate so the animals can really be seen. The train is a blast with or without kids. And if you have kids check out the playground and merry go round. This is... More

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Santa Barbara, California, Usa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A nice small zoo and good for small children. They have recently landscaped it nicely giving it a feel of a nice park as well as enclosures housing animals such as: elephants, giraffs, gorillas, monkeys, lions, leopards, flamingos, and some others. Also the snake and spider houses. You may only need about 2 hours there depending on how fast you... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Easy to get in, animals well presented, pleasant walk, fun for kids. Parking lot was convenient but got really full when we left at around 1PM. Can cover zoo in about 2-3 hours.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The SB Zoo is a real gem. It's located on a 104 acre site 1/4 mile from the ocean so it is easy to get through inside 2-3 hours. They have an amazing collection of over 500 species and it is super kid (and infant) friendly. Be prepared for a delightful experience!

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