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Santa Barbara Zoo

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Daily Admission at Santa Barbara Zoo
from $18.00*
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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“train ride”(93 reviews)
“giraffe feeding”(39 reviews)
“animals seem”(24 reviews)
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...more
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was disappointed to find that the enclosures were small and the large animals had not near enough space to run. The elephant pond was bone dry. I realize there's a drought going on, but my God people! You chose to have elephants... fill their pond!...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not to big not to small. Can be easily walked and enjoyed in one day with the little ones not loosing interest along the way. Rode the train and was definitely worth it just for the bad jokes by the conductor. Ha ha

Thank danielj9706
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd recommend that you ride the train first because they take you completely around the zoo and provide you with the history and details. Also, you'll see the animals from a different angle then the walking trails. It's a nice little zoo located across the...More

1  Thank haztaz69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun zoo with enough exhibits to keep young children entertained. The zoo is fairly small and an easy walk (not as many steep hills as other larger zoos). The train ride is a must, and giraffe feeding is also fun . There...More

2  Thank Robyn P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First timers visit. You pay for parking ($11.00) at the entrance booth where you buy admission tickets. We also paid extra to take the narrated train ride with Engineer Chris. The most fascinating part of the Zoo was watching the elephant trainers get 47 year...More

2  Thank KarenK518
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Zoo , I love their Gift Shops, went with my niece and her family and really enjoyed it, this zoo is Beautiful and Big..

Thank MargaretL2129
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with my family. Fantastic place for small children as it has great play areas as well as the added bonus of zoo animals. We went with my Teenager and 20 year old Daughter and was able to walk around it within 2 hours....More

1  Thank KatieJ0
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Always good spending time with the animals. The Santa Barbara Zoo is small and easy to navigate. The giraffes were the highlight.

Thank marschan2018
Reviewed August 11, 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed looking at all the displays, and even fed the giraffes. To see the joy in the kids' faces is warming. The meerkat was a hit for us, and the pink flamingos. We parked outside the regular zoo parking, thus saved...More

Thank simivalley1699
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The zoo overall is amazing, but the zoo camp is spectacular! We have been a few times for the camp and don't visit California with out a trip to the zoo!

Thank Katrina F
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Tonka S
July 8, 2018|
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Response from Lauren B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, credit cards are accepted.
Rosa J
June 14, 2018|
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Response from Dean N | Property representative |
Yest you may!
July 31, 2016|
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Response from Dean N | Property representative |
Hello, EC: You might want to google the link to the bus system. There's lots of good info above. See you at the Zoo!