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Santa Barbara Zoo

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Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
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Description: This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea...
This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of more than 500 animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion that once presided over manicured lawns and gardens is gone—replaced by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, elephants, gibbons, snow leopards and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats.
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Great Family Day at a Beautiful Zoo

Not the biggest zoo our family has ever been to, but one of the most beautiful. Our family (mom/dad, kids - 11 & 13 yrs, grandma/pa) spent about 5 hours at this zoo in June and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Not the biggest zoo our family has ever been to, but one of the most beautiful. Our family (mom/dad, kids - 11 & 13 yrs, grandma/pa) spent about 5 hours at this zoo in June and really enjoyed it! We had discount coupons for entry, but the normal price was fair. Lunch was a bit pricey, but the Mexican food... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited on Father's Day and everyone enjoyed it. The zoo is small but well maintained except a few of the water areas looked murky. Easy to visit in a few hours. Great ocean views.

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Santa Barbara, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is the perfect small zoo. A family can easily see everything in a day, with plenty of time for lunch and resting. There are keeper talks every day and, over summer in particular, there are lots of activities for kids. They have a miniature train, giraffe feeding, and, if you want to play like a local,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The lion exhibit is a true experience. The lions climb the huge rocks and there is a clear plexi glass wall that brings you on eye level with the lions. The giraffe display is also amazing and you can feed the giraffes.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our family enjoys visiting this zoo, which is very clean and well-run. For several dollars, you can feed the giraffes, which is a lot of fun! They have a nice playground that our boys enjoyed when they were younger. Now they enjoy the food!

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Petaluma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a great experience this was for our family. The animals were kept in great, clean cages and looked happy. Fairly inexpensive!

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can get a great trip around this zoo and see everything in about 3 hours. We paid an extra $5 each to feed a giraffe, which was thrilling to young and old alike! The giraffes, meerkats and tamarins all had babies so we loved that! Nice little train ride around the park for another $5. It was a beautiful... More 

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Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This zoo is so surprising, It has large exhibits where you can get so close to the animals. Each enclosure is so beautiful. The grounds with the large lawns and amazing landscaping. You can easily spend the day here...and all with an ocean view!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Easy access, high end animal enclosures, and a fun little train ride make the Santa Barbara Zoo a must when visiting with children of all ages!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It's a very nice, small zoo. Nice exhibits/animals. Of course there's kids... First, I felt it was a little pricey for the size. Second, I had a big problem with glare. It was a perfect sunny day. I understand the glass is necessary for saftey, but it made it hard to see anything - barely made out a grooming leopard.... More 

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Zoo

Address: Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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