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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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Family day at the zoo

Spent the better part of a day here. Kids loved it, good variety of creatures, well laid out and easily walkable for most. Silverback gorilla charged the glass viewing area and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Williams Lake, Canada
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Williams Lake, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Spent the better part of a day here. Kids loved it, good variety of creatures, well laid out and easily walkable for most. Silverback gorilla charged the glass viewing area and scared the chocolate nuggets out of the kids, so he won favorite exhibit.

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Landstuhl, Germany
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

After u leave Vegas take the route to one of Americans famous highways (not the expressway=autobahn) highway 101 this will take u on a scenic route to Santa Barbara. Great vacation it takes time but it's worth it . On the way u might see some otter's n the seaweed (we did)once u get to Santa Barbara take a break... More 

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Glendora
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80 reviews 80 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a small zoo easily done in two hours. However, it is well designed and has nice exhibits. There are some walk-in aviaries, a reptile house, lots of macaws, a playground, and some larger animals and exhibits. A nice train ride circles the zoo. It is about a 30 minute walk from Stearn's Wharf if you... More 

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Charlottesville, Va
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88 reviews 88 reviews
38 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Rather small. It's lovely, but not nearly as good a use of your money as Lotusland. A nice thing to do with the kids though.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

WE visited this zoo on our way back to Los Angeles. It did take a couple of hours to slowly look round all the exhibits which cover a wide variety of animals. There are assitants as strategic points to help you find the animals if they are out and about. It is very child friendly but if you don't have... More 

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Anaheim Hills, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Busy time for spring break....but, it was clean for a zoo. Each area had all animals there and nothing was "shut down." Staff were nice around the zoo. Has a train to ride around site.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A great place to visit and revisit with young children. The small size of this zoo makes it accessible and fun for the children and their families. There is enough to keep the kids happy and engaged, and the size of the space is not overwhelming, both of which produce happy children, parents, grandparents, and friends! We bring our own... More 

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Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I'm not sure if it's because we visited on a Monday, but I have never been to a zoo where I couldn't find one staff member near the exhibits. Nobody was around to explain anything about the animals. The animals were kept in VERY small enclosures. The gorilla exhibit viewing area was still locked an hour after the zoo opened.... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Tiny Zoo, but you get to see the animals upclose with an Ocean View! Beautiful landscaping and Elephants, Gorillas, Lions, & Giraffes! Get there first thing if you want to feed the Giraffes without a long line. It is however worth the wait!!

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Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I heard so much about this Zoo and I finally tried it out. I liked it and it was especially nice for the kids. It is not a big Zoo and will not require more then a half day. Personally I felt it was a bit on the expensive side but it is for a good cause. So I would... More 

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