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Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-962-5339
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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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Hawthorne, New Jersey, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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147 reviews 147 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
62 helpful votes 62 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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Bakersfield, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If your looking for something quick and easy to do with the kids this is perfect. We explored and rode the tour train in an hour and 30 minutes. They have fun animals and a great learning expirence!

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Arroyo Grande, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Santa Barbara zoo is very nice located on the beach. Getting to feed the giraffes was very cool. It's small but there are a lot of grassy picnic areas to sit & relax. The train ride around the outer edge of the zoo was neat. I would recommend this zoo to everyone.

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Springfield, MA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped by this zoo late one morning. We spent about 3 hours there - including a little time have some lunch. It was a great zoo, not too big but big enough to entertain our little ones for a few hours. Lots of animals to see made it a lot of fun. FYI - my husband and I had... More

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