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Santa Barbara Zoo

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Santa Barbara Zoo

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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Santa Barbara Station30 min
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Welcome to the GPS-enabled driving tour of California’s famous Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway! This self-guided audio tour stretches between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world! This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Highway 1 with maximum flexibility and value.<br><br>Purchase one tour per car. Everyone can listen at the same time!<br><br>Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. Start at the first stop and follow the instructions! Stick to our route for the best experience.<br><br>This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules before your visit.<br><br>No expiration — the tour is available from the minute you book until forever!<br><br>ALERT: Highway partially closed due to storm damage.
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Michelle S wrote a review Apr 12
Torrance, California161 contributions71 helpful votes
We booked timed admission online as well as the train ride prior to our visit. Parking, entry and even train ride was easy. The Zoo was still full of families and 2 large children day camps. There was also a big construction project going on which took a big chunk out of the park. All of the play areas were blocked off - though some parents still allowed their children to play in them. There were multiple signs for social distancing and some exhibits even had lines to ensure that big groups didn't congregate. However, no one was enforcing the social distancing. Additionally, many exhibits, due to Covid or otherwise, were closed. Given all these events, I think that the entrance fee should have been reduced, especially since they charged extra for many things.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Mark H wrote a review Jan 2021
Berwyn, Pennsylvania84 contributions60 helpful votes
This was a pretty nice smaller zoo. It's easy to find and parking was plentiful when we came in February. It was a bit chilly so maybe it wasn't as crowded as it would be during warmer times. There are plenty of animals, but it's not so large where you feel you're rushing to see everything in a day. We also really liked that we could bring our own lunch and enjoy a picnic near all the animal attractions. We had a great afternoon here and I'm sure we'll visit again next time we're in Santa Barbara.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nichole S wrote a review Sep 2020
Detroit, Michigan4 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our 1st time at the Zoo. It was nice to see that Covid-19 didn't take away the experience. It was not crowded because you were required to book your reservations in advance. We came early so the animals were not sleeping. We had a welcome photo when we arrived. This was a good Sunday afternoon experience. Will go again the next time we are in town.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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JuneOlympia wrote a review Sep 2020
Englewood, Florida263 contributions122 helpful votes
This is a cute little zoo with plenty of parking and very nice grounds for the visitors. However, the space/enclosures that the animals have are way too small with not enough enrichment activity potential - Really sad! The other challenge is that there are no maps of the zoo. When asking a staff member about that they suggested that we "Might be able to locate something online" - pretty ridiculous.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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reyeshhh wrote a review Aug 2020
Oceanside, California57 contributions44 helpful votes
Sorry but this zoo is horrible. The grounds were kept really nice. The only cool thing is feeding the giraffe. Other than that they dont have alot of animals.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from RichardB850, President/CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo
Responded Sep 1, 2020
I was pleased to read that you took time to visit the Zoo and enjoyed your encounter with our giraffes. It was disappointing, however, to read your comment that the Zoo was “horrible” and there weren’t “a lot of animals.” Yes, some of our exhibits are closed. This is the case with any accredited zoo you visit at this time; all indoor, enclosed exhibits have been closed in response to the Covid-19 health department mandates. We are grateful to be open and to have the opportunity to provide a safe, educational, fun outdoor experience for our guests. When you visited the giraffes, their exhibit is in the middle of African lions, meerkats and lowland gorillas. Just to the northeast are a number of exhibits, California Trails, that feature endangered and threatened species native to our South coast home. Adjacent to the island foxes, a conservation success story, is the rare opportunity to see endangered California condors. These enormous birds are part of the on-going recovery program that dramatically has brought their numbers back from roughly 22 birds in the 1980’s. As a result of these conservation efforts, over 200 condors are flying free above California, Arizona, Utah, and Baja, Mexico. The Humboldt penguins have been a guest favorite since they were first welcomed to the Zoo in 2006. There are other small primates, dramatic giant anteaters, the world’s largest rodents (capybaras), colorful parrots, a flock of flamingos, and two species of Asia’s most endangered large cats. There’s actually a lot more to see and many of these residents have wonderful stories to share about their wild relatives. Most guests spend an average of 90 minutes to two hours visiting the Zoo, enjoying the beautiful surroundings along with the furry, scaled and feathered star attractions. We look forward to the time when all areas of the Zoo are again open and our guests can experience even more. I hope you might consider returning when you’re back in Santa Barbara to see some of the animals you might have missed.
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