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Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-962-5339
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Ranked #10 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
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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Lake Forest, California, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is more quaint than the San Diego Zoo (my default zoo because I live in south Orange County), but it was the perfect size. Set aside a few hours and you've seen it all. It's not a whole huge outing, and you won't get exhausted. It's a great thing to do for a half day while... More

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Austin, Texas, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The zoo is in a beautiful setting, with views of mountains and sea. Has a great collection of animals, birds, big cats, all in natural settings, and very informative displays. You can also take advantage of frequent, free guided tours, or stop to listen to informative mini-lectures in front of many of the exhibits.

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Oregon, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

To be fair, I should say outright that my family spent almost 3 hours at this zoo yesterday, so I can say with confidence that it is worth seeing. However, I can also say that it was worth seeing if you are a kid; if you are going as an adult, it may be a bore. We are from Wisconsin... More

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Woodland Hills
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our visit to the zoo was very pleasant. There are enough animals to make it interesting for young and old alike. There are several areas to rest or have a picnic. Some food is available but most people brought lunches. They have scheduled activities like feeding the diferent animals throughout the day. It takes about 2 hours to see all... More

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Riverside, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We are a couple, and enjoyed the tour and commentary by the train captain, the educational talks scheduled at the different animal areas (those elephants are sweeties! Beautiful! A zoo at the beach!

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Templeton, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Enjoyed my 2 hours at this educational, nicely done zoo. The grounds are colorful. The zoo is separated into regions and has an island with gibbons living on it. Each enclosure tells about the animal, what it eats, where it lives and cites "what you can do" to help this animal in the wild. Even though admission is a bit... More

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Sonoma, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Beautiful grounds that aren't exhausting to wander around in; nice animal enclosures instead of cages; ad lots of well-caed for, content looking occupants. Best of all: The Lorikeet enclosure (you walk in, and they just might hop on) and the meerkats (totally cute, and unexpected).

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place is really cool. The animals are diverse and picture taking is great. It's a small zoo but there is loads to see and well worth the time to take to see it all

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Sacramento, ca
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

One of the best I've been too. It is a little pricey, but homes some of the best animals. Very pretty zoo and our family always enjoys our time there! Getting a year pass is something I'd suggest if you live there!

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Simi Valley, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you have the time (1-2 hours) visiting the Zoo is a treat. It has all the animals you would expect and it's very nicely kept up. Lots of elevation changes add to its charm. Open grass areas and plenty of shade. Great thing to add to your list while in Santa Barbara. Enjoy

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