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“Nice small town zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Nice small town zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The location -- adjacent to the beautiful Pacific Ocean and a neighboring lagoon -- make for a very pleasant, temperate day. The exhibits are well-maintained and interesting. There's plenty of open area for picnicking and play and intermittent interesting and educational presentations. Easily walkable with just the right amount of elevation changes, it's doable in a matter of a few hours without tiring or rushing. Great way to spend a morning, afternoon, or the whole day.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for your review of the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo! Come back this summer to see our new giraffe calves and meet the two new dinosaurs in our stage show.
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Los Angeles, CA
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42 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Fun times”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Perfect for young children. The zoo is well-situated and has plenty to see and do. The playground and grassy area are only bonuses! Bring a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic. Free street parking is available outside the zoo but these spots fill up quickly. And hotel had $1 per ticket off coupons...hey, every $ counts.

Visited January 2013
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Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“I love this Zoo.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

So unique, and a small zoo on a hill near the beach. Lovely...only one more zoo that is more unique. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for your review of the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo! Come back this summer to see our new giraffe calves and meet the two new dinosaurs in our stage show.
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Central California Coast
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Family Fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Small and very do-able, especially for families of any size and any range of ages. And the views from the hillside are spectacular.

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Bakersfield, California
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Went there with my extended family. The kids LOVED the play area. the ground are very beautiful. It feels more like a large park with animals intertwined. I love the atmosphere.

Visited August 2012
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