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“Small but nice”
Review of Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo
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$18.00*
and up
Santa Barbara Zoo General Admission
Ranked #13 of 149 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Absolutely loved the giraffe. There are several including youngsters, but the oldest male was the only one out at the time we were there. Hated to see two caged bald eagles, but when a bird of prey can't hunt this is the best option for it. To be able to see a bald eagle fairly close-up is absolutely amazing.

Thank AustinJudith
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"small size"
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"all ages"
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"great for kids"
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"bird refuge"
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Santa Barbara zoo is very much like Melbourne zoo 30 years ago, great for the public to see the animals but not so great habitat for the animals. It's built on a hill so you will get fit walking around. Only $14 so good value. 2 new born giraffs where great to see.

Thank Greatholidays4all
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Enjoyed this little zoo. Plan on spending 2 to 3 hours here. Ideal for kids up to 11 or 12. They even have a picnic area if you would like to pack your lunch! Very cute!

Thank Caroline33197
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Good sized facilities for the many hundreds of different animals and a sense that this is a well run zoo.

Thank RussellLack
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Most big city zoos are overwhelming to see in a day, but the Santa Barbara zoo is just right. The scenic location pairs an ocean back drop with well cared for animals. While the zoo features many expected large animals, it has particularly interesting bird exhibits. Great activity for adults and children.

Thank Kimberly S
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