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Address: 500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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+1 805-962-5339
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This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea...

This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of more than 500 animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion that once presided over manicured lawns and gardens is gone—replaced by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, elephants, gibbons, snow leopards and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats.

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Just loved the grounds, animals and train-ride. We went with our grand-kids and it was very enjoyable:))

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just loved the grounds, animals and train-ride. We went with our grand-kids and it was very enjoyable:))

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Los Angeles
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I recently had to be in Santa Barbara for a wedding during the New Year holiday and was told that the zoo is a good place for children. A few things to point out: This is not a large zoo. This is not like the San Diego Zoo where you have tons and tons of animals. However, that being said... More 

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Thank Jill O
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is a nice 2-3 hr visit. They have a nice variety of animals to view but its small. We visit the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and pay half the price for a larger zoo with huge safari exhibits.

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

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Zoo during your time in Santa Barbara. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a great zoo and it continues to make many wonderful improvements that benefit the animals and their 800,000+ visitors. It is important to understand that the Chaffee Zoo's additional 11 acres and the price of admissions are not the... More 

Holbrook, Arizona
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a fun zoo! I have been going to this zoo for nearly 50 years and it just keeps getting better and better. Be sure to check out the baby giraffes, Lucky the penguin, the snow leopards, the elephants, the Fenec Foxes, the California Condors, and so many more... You can even spend the night at the zoo...

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Barbara Zoo is great. It was very crowded with families since it was the week between Christmas and New Year. The place was very clean and fairly easy to navigate. I loved the elephant exhibit (he was taking a nap when I was there!) Great aviary as well, for those who like birds.

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Thank David H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Barbara Zoo is such a lovely place. My favorite are the beautiful Giraffes. You can see the newest additions and feed the adult ones, Am a kid at heart here and enjoyed seeing and feeding the awesome Giraffes. Was so impressed by this Zoo, I signed up for an annual pass.

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Thank Linda E
Aptos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 3 little ones with us and they easily were able to tour the entire zoo in 3 hours. They loved feeding the giraffes too. Downside: Only one place to get lunch and the lines are long.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little zoo for the entire family to visit. A bit on the pricey side but the kids will love getting up close to the animals. Beautifully tended exhibits and some views of the ocean.

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Thank m0m2esf
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

San Diego, California
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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this small zoo. Crowded due to Christmas time but enjoyable. I am used to SD Zoo which is huge in comparison. This was more intimate.

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Thank Benthien
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and thank you for supporting our big neighbor to the south! More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had so much fun at the Santa Barbara zoo, they have reciprocal benefits with other US zoos, so bring your membership cards. The condor rehabilitation area and biologist's talks were incredible. The kids play area was so much fun. This is a hidden gem, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Buffalogirl41
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

We're glad you had fun, Buffalo Girl. Thanks for mentioning our reciprocal memberships. SBZ Members get free or reduced price admission to over 120 zoo and aquarium sister-institutions nationwide. More 

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