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Santa Barbara Zoo

Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
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Ranked #22 of 144 Activities in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young 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 older children, Activities for young children

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A medium sized Zoo with lots to see. Enjoyed the elephants and giraffes the most. A good balance of talks and displays to entertain the whole family.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The signs for SB Zoo are small enough to miss but once you're there it's well worth it. It's a small zoo, well maintained and with a good variety of animals to keep everyone interested and happy. The highlight has to be being able to feed the giraffes, though it's not cheap to do and the moment doesn't last quite... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

While not the largest zoo in the world, the Santa Barbara Zoo might be the prettiest and most guest friendly. Located right off the beach, this oasis has enough exotic animals to satisfy anyone with habitats designed to make life close to what it would be like in the wild for the inhabitants. Prices are very reasonable and you are... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a really nice zoo! I would call it medium size and the animal displays are very nice and include elephants, giraffes, and a totally cool monkey island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Put the Pacific Coast Highway on your bucket list. This is a must do trip. We flew into San Francisco, rented a car and spent the next two weeks driving down the PCH to San Diego. I recommend the North to South route because you will be on the coast side of the PCH and not have passing cars block... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a nice little zoo. My favorite: Check out the penguin tank. Lucky the penguin was born with a deformed foot and couldn't alk or swim well. Teva, a local footwear company made him a shoe that allows him to keep up with his friends. Its a cool story, and representative of this zoo, Once you are tired of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Cute area, but I felt guilty contributing to the captivity of the animals very small enclosures. Hopefully they can expand and give some of them more room, or stick to birds and transfer the big animals out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

overall, i was quite impressed with this zoo. clean, well maintained, lovely landscaping, and the animal habitats were also very clean. long meandering walks lead you to hideaways and gems, such as the rattlesnake hut, bird aviary, insect hut, train ride. i have two complaints, the map and directions are not very good at all. my son, his wife and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This has got to be one of the most amusing, entertaining, and enjoyable activities that my husband and I have ever done on a day trip! Even though we got a bit confused with the roundabout on our way to the zoo upon exiting Cabrillo St. (blame it on the GPS😄) it was worth every second looking for it! Getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I went to the Santa Barbara zoo during my recent vacation. It is small and intimate, but it was fascinating to see all the animals in the zoo. My favorite is the penguin exhibit, but I also enjoyed the giraffes and elephants. The elephants have a bunch of big logs that they like to move around in the dirt. The... More 

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