We visit zoos whenever we can and the Santa Barbara Zoo was on our list during a recent three day weekend. We walked from our hotel and arrived as the zoo opened. The various paths meander around the zoo and are easily managed. The habitats are well-maintained. The animals were active and seemed well-cared for. Only one exhibit was closed during our Saturday visit, which lasted about 5 hours. There are animal talks throughout the day. My only complaint is that the two eating areas are at opposite ends of the zoo, so if you want a snack it is a bit of a walk from the interior. However, the food was excellent and portions generous.
One of the unique features of this zoo is the lovely view of the ocean behind the giraffe enclosure. A local shuttle is available outside the zoo that takes you along the waterfront for 50 cents. You can get a free transfer for the shuttle going up and down State Street, the major shopping and dining area.
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