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Santa Barbara Zoo

Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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santa barbara, california
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a perfect place for kids...lots of green lawns and open space to run around.. a fun snack bar and gift shop.. and, best of all, all the animals that little kids (and grownups!) like to see...There are lions and elephants and penguins and flamingos.. there are creepy-crawlies and amazing birds.. there are even giraffes that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband and I came here while visiting friends in Ventura. The animals were healthy and there was a ton of open space which was nice. You don't feel like cattle being herded through with tons of other people. We fed the giraffes and the staff was very friendly.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Very clean. All the animals looked well cared for. Plenty of space to move around. Enjoyed feeding giraffe and learning a bit about their history from knowedgeable staff member.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Santa Barbara zoo is the perfect place for a kids' day. Conveniently located, well set out with an amazing variety of animals plus a train! Definitely a place to visit with youngsters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Big kids (adults), little ones (baby to 12) and all teens will all LOVE the Santa Barbara Zoo. Animals, nature, views and weather are all A++++. Include it on your itinerary.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Santa Barbara Zoo is impressive, given that it's in a relatively small city. Logistically, it's easy to get to, with ample parking, and I'd recommend planning for about 2-3 hours. The zoo has a lot of open green space for relaxing and taking in the beautiful views of the ocean, and the hills of Montecito. You'll find a variety... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had fun feeding Michael the giraffe! There is a photographer there but when we saw the photos a zoo employee was in every one : / I would suggest you tell him/her to step a little to the left so they can do their job without being in every single photo. Some signage was confusing. Not a large zoo.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great little zoo with more than 400 animals and beautiful surroundings. Whenever our grandkids visit we got off to the zoo and they have also attended and loved Zoo Camp in the summer. Before you visit, stop at the visitors center on Garden street (About 1/2mile from the zoo) and get a free Santa Barbara map that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Easy to get to, lot's of great animals in a friendly habitat. You can tour the entire zoo in 2 hours. Great views of the ocean with a nice cool breeze.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My family and I love going to different zoos. We stopped here on a road trip to Northern California. It was not scheduled but I'm really glad we stopped. We toured the entire zoo in about 2 hours because we got there just before 3 and the zoo closes at 5. Plenty of time to see everything but another hour... More 

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