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Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-962-5339
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
Description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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southern california
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85 reviews 85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We love coming to this zoo. The grounds are beautiful and love the location. The views are amazing. Kids love feeding the giraffes. We love taking the train ride around the park. Employees are very friendly. Great way to spend our spring break!

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Seattle
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This lovely zoo has ocean vistas and beautiful landscaping. Although we did not visit with children, we noticed that the play areas were well kept and unique. We used public transportation to reach the zoo; the on and off tour bus, 50 cent waterfront trolley, and city bus all have a zoo route. This is a smaller zoo but just... More

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SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend going. The grounds are beautiful even including ocean view, a very nice park setting if you want to picnic or buy food there. The exhibits are intimate so the animals can really be seen. The train is a blast with or without kids. And if you have kids check out the playground and merry go round. This is... More

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Santa Barbara, California, Usa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A nice small zoo and good for small children. They have recently landscaped it nicely giving it a feel of a nice park as well as enclosures housing animals such as: elephants, giraffs, gorillas, monkeys, lions, leopards, flamingos, and some others. Also the snake and spider houses. You may only need about 2 hours there depending on how fast you... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Easy to get in, animals well presented, pleasant walk, fun for kids. Parking lot was convenient but got really full when we left at around 1PM. Can cover zoo in about 2-3 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The SB Zoo is a real gem. It's located on a 104 acre site 1/4 mile from the ocean so it is easy to get through inside 2-3 hours. They have an amazing collection of over 500 species and it is super kid (and infant) friendly. Be prepared for a delightful experience!

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Wilmington DE, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For a small extra fee you can feed the giraffes; great fun for adults and children too. Docents are excellent and will give you leaves of lettuce. Then you feed the giraffes from a special stand in the giraffe section under docent supervision. Giraffes are not really agressive creatures, so this is an activity that children can participate in --... More

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Goleta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Well Maintained and refreshing place. Sign Boards are in good condition. Definitely one time must see place, specially if you have not seen any zoo earlier.

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Santa Barbara,CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a beautiful setting to spend a day of fun for all ages ! Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the grassy hilltop with views of the ocean.

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San Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I'm from San Diego, so I'm very spoiled by our zoo, but I was quite impressed with the Santa Barbara zoo. There is a lot of open green space and lost of palm trees. There were several animals that we don't have here. The lions have an ocean view. I wonder if any other zoo can say that?

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