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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The world's most beautiful Zoo!

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Great little zoo

We hadn't been here since the kids were quite young, now that they are teenagers they still had a great time. The zoo is small and beautiful. After exploring we walked down to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Jennifer R
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Lancaster, California, United States
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Lancaster, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We hadn't been here since the kids were quite young, now that they are teenagers they still had a great time. The zoo is small and beautiful. After exploring we walked down to the beach. This makes a great day trip.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Shouldn't these kids have been at school. The whole place was busy, even early in the morning. Small place but with some nice features.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Clean, well managed small city zoo with the more popular animals on display obviously skewed to families with young children. Older teens may not find it too exciting but there's plenty to see and do for toddlers to preteen. Tigers, lions, gorillas, a family of giraffes, all types of crawly, slithering, flying and swimming creatures. A cute train takes families... More 

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Richard B, CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at the Santa Barbara Zoo with Trip Advisor followers. We are so pleased that you found your experience so rewarding. We focus on making Zoo visits fun, educational, safe, and easy. Just so readers of your review understand, the Santa Barbara Zoo has no tigers; but we do... More 

Paso Robles, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This zoo is on the smaller side, and needs some updating, but it definitely worth visiting. Everything can be seen in just a couple hours, so it is perfect for little ones. The giraffes and gorillas were the highlight for us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It has a very good view of the sea and provides lot of recreational activity space. one must visit at least once.

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Sonoma, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The zoo was ok yet I was not really impressed. I think it needs much improvement. The animals were not so available for viewing. There was limited signage in the zoo. We attended a fund raiser, Roar and Pour. it was a great idea yet not well executed. I think there are many other better sights to put on your... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Easy to get around. Happy staff. Peaceful Day. This zoo is so nice to visit, just for a short trip. It is my favorite zoo in all of Southern California. Wish the food options were better since I always forget to get a lunch before I go visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Wonderful zoo. Not very large so it didn't take too long to get through it. They had some interesting animals and the staff was well informed about the animals, the zoo, and environmental issues in the world.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We've been to this zoo a couple of times and enjoy it. If you cover every exhibit then it's a good 4 hour spent. The animals are out for viewing and do not smell even the Flamingos. My only complaint was I ordered an Vienna Hot Dog and I got an what looks likes a kids hot dog. I asked... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The perfect zoo to take the kids on a day out! Not too big, not too small. Animals seem loved and well cared for, and it's in such an amazing setting by the beach. Fun time for adults as well due to the surrounding beauty

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