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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
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Owner description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Small zoo, but very nice. A great zoo that you can easily do in 1.5 hours or spend the day. There is a wonderful play area for kids and plenty of grassy areas for kids to run and play. Part park part zoo. Bring food as it's a great picnic spot. Very clean!

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LAS VEGAS
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Great Zoo for the size of the city. It takes about 3 hours, nice setting. If you like zoos, then go.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This is a good clean zoo. The food is expensive however you can bring your own lunch. They have many animals and there are usally very easy to spot. It has a train that circles the entire zoo, its a bit pricy but worth the ride if yiu want the compete zoo ride. So make sure you grab a ticket... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Santa Barbara Zoo is smallish, and doesn't have a ton of animals, but it's a great place to spend a couple of hours in Santa Barbara. The location is beautiful, the grounds are planted with all sorts of exotic plants, and there are amazing ocean views. Take a picnic lunch, grab a bench or a spot on the grass... More

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Paris, France
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The zoo is really good, but a bit hard to find (we drove for hours to find it). It wasn't that expensive. The animals are really cute and all seemed to be in good health. I much enjoyed the giraffes an if you pay extra you can touch them and feed them. Anyways, this is a "to do" if you're... More

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Mason City Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We were in Santa Barbara for the day and my wife loves to check out the zoo wherever we go and saw good reviews. We had been to the LA Zoo last summer on a blistering day and it was nice but Santa Barbara was gorgeous and not crowded at all. To paraphrase the old golf quote, this was a... More

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Ontario, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This place was so cool we went 2 times while we were in town. I am very slow. This place was perfect. No huge hills. Easy access to each exhibit. The giraffe feeding was the most amazing thing. This is a not to miss place while you are there.

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a great place to visit and take the kids. It's not as big as the LA Zoo, which is good for kids because it doesn't take the whole day to see the animals. The little train ride is fun too! I love the Santa Barbara Zoo!

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Santa Barbara, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

My family and I have been coming to this zoo for years. We have a membership. The amount of animals in a small space is incredible. Very good facilities. The food is fantastic. Where else can you see a giraffe and the ocean in one view?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you're like me, naïve, then when you hear that Santa Barbara has a child zoo you would presume it's for children, right? Well that's exactly what I thought for the last 30 years. Then five years ago I moved to Santa Barbara and I joined the zoo and found out that the land was actually donated to the city... More

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