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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 older children, Activities for young children
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Callao, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Great little zoo, very kid friendly. Unusual exhibits include condors, a snow leopard, and a Channel Island fox. The zoo is set on hilly terrain and well laid out with a respect for the small space it occupies. There's plenty of parking and shade and no huge crowds to negotiate. For a couple of hours of quiet and relaxation (and... More

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New York City, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

adults will enjoy this thoughtfully laid out zoo replete with native Californians such as the Condor and the Channel Island fox. Had fun seeing the giant anteater and feeding Michael the giraffe. The train ride is ok-you do get to see the back side of some of the exhibits but if it wasn't included in our Groupon We probably could... More

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Alta Loma, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

When one thinks about visiting a zoo the L.A. Zoo and San Diego Zoo first come to mind...But if you want to take your kids to a great zoo and not fight huge crowds or walk mile after mile to see the animals I recommend the Santa Barbara Zoo. The zoo can be seen in about two hours. It has... More

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Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The zoo is smaller zoo, but a great experience overall. Would recommend biking or walking to the zoo to avoid additional $6.00 parking fee.

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Tucson
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Best part of this zoo were the talks by the employees about the animals. You are given a schedule for the talks when you buy your ticket but know that you need to find the habitat for the particular animal as that's where the talk is given. We spent a bit of time searching for the first talk. Once inside... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This zoo is small but there is alot to see. You can easily do it in a few hours. One of the best attractions is that you can hand feed a giraffe. The price of $15 is worth it.

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Los Angeles
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's disturbing what goes on here. The zoo seems to have sold sponsorship or naming rights to anything and everything it can, right down to trees and bushes. And, besides entrance fees, which are reasonable, and parking fees, which are not and seem only a way to distract from the overall cost of entrance, there are as many options to... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It is a charming little zoo but it was hot the day we went so the animals stayed in there shelters. The grounds are well kept and they have a very nice gift shop.

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Pasadena,Ca
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I loved the size of the zoo as 2 year old parent. It can be easily covered in 2 hours without getting kids tired. I would definitely visit again.

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Los Angeles
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19 reviews 19 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a great zoo, especially for little ones. It is small enough to really get around and have a full experience. And the grounds are just beautiful. Bathrooms everywhere. And apparently wedding friendly if weddings and wildlife are your thing! Also different feeding experiences (giraffes, sheep, geese) which the little ones just love. The food options are not numerous... More

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