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Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
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Description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!

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Exciting Day Out

Really enjoyed the diversity of the animals in the zoo. It was my first time seeing a crocodile and the wolves were amazing too. Feeding the giraffe was definitely the highlight... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the diversity of the animals in the zoo. It was my first time seeing a crocodile and the wolves were amazing too. Feeding the giraffe was definitely the highlight of my day and i would really recommend it!

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NYC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Santa Barbara zoo is conveniently located, and accessible by the waterfront electric shuttle. There are lots of grassy areas for picnicking or hanging out, and plenty of shade on hot afternoons. We really enjoyed our visit

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

There isn't a lot of animals, but the place is incredible. The nature inside the park, with the plants, trees and the animals are amazing. There's a good green area to play with the kids.

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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This zoo had beautiful grounds. Pay the extra $6 to feed the giraffe. It is pretty cool to be that close to one. There were some really colorful tropical birds as well as California Condors. The elephants were a highlight too.

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Los Angeles
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

this zoo is nothing compared to the LA zoo or San Diego zoo, however it's less crowded and you can get a better view of the animals. The zoo is small enough that you can see the entire thing without being exhausted and have more time to enjoy the rest of beautiful Santa Barbara. Tall bamboo trees and clean exhibits... More 

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Southern California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
23 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Not easy to find, but well worth it. The zoo is very clean and well designed. It has a nice selection of exhibits. This is a great zoo to take kids! My grandchildren have been to the zoo at least 10 times, but whenever they are in Santa Barbara, this is where they want to go.

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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The zoo is not large, but is well designed with animals mostly in nice enclosures. It is a pleasant way to spend several hours and young children should love it.

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Phelan, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A very nice way to,spend an afternoon. We went during the week and it was not crowded at all. A good selection of animals, not a grand zoo like San Diego or LA but nice. Easy to walk pathways. The bald eagles were a sight! Very cool.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

For 4 years now I have made sure my kids spend at least one week at Zoo Camp in SB. We are now members and this is one of the best zoos I've been to because the animal habitats are superbly designed and made to be very natural. My kids are in the junior zookeeper program now and they learn... More 

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Salinas, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A wonderful zoo in beautiful location. Took about less than 2 hours to see all of the zoo. We got there right when in opened so we were able to roam around. Our toddlers took their time seeing each exhibit. It was a hot day so we are glad we started early. We got out early enough to head to... More 

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