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Santa Barbara Zoo

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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
+1 805-962-5339
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Good experience

We were visiting Santa Barbara and took our young grandchildren to the zoo. I’ve only ever been to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
CurlieQ13prm
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Very nice environment

Never been here before but was happily surprised! There were Elephants, lion, gorillas, monkeys... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lee H
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (91 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (39 reviews)
“animals seem” (25 reviews)
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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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+1 805-962-5339
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Reviewed yesterday

We were visiting Santa Barbara and took our young grandchildren to the zoo. I’ve only ever been to one other zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo, in my hometown. The Santa Barbara Zoo is small by comparison, but we had a very pleasant visit. Our family membership...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Never been here before but was happily surprised! There were Elephants, lion, gorillas, monkeys, lots of different birds, giraffes, turtles, foxes and more. The best part was they all seemed happy and it was a great environment next to the ocean.

Thank Lee H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Santa Barbara zoo is small when compared with San Diego but they have many animals to view. The zoo is clean and well maintained and is lovely to walk around. The enclosures actually seem fairly large when compared to other zoos I have visited. They...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was really surprised at seeing such a spectacular zoo in the small city of Santa Barbara. We did not expect the size and scope of the zoo along with wonderfully maintained landscaping and displays. This zoo is a full day excursion and well worth...More

Thank alimode
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This Zoo is just the right size for preschoolers. It has a very nice flow to it and your visit can be as short or long as you would like. The train ride was a lot of fun too!

Thank CherBear123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I do not typically like zoos, but this is my favorite, and only zoo I will ever take my kids too. The setting is beautiful, and peaceful. Its a small, quaint, and almost boutique style zoo. The employees are all awesome, and don't get irritated...More

1  Thank GypsyGrl77
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Richard B, CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to submit your thoughtful review. I was so pleased to see you acknowledge the priority we place on animal welfare and our conservation programs. I hope more visitors will follow your example and ask questions! Members of our Animal...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled there with our 1 year-old. It's a fantastic Zoo. Lots to see and very well kept. loved it

Thank LondonRJack
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It will take you 2 hours to go around the all zoo. Venue is quite nice, green and great location, close to the warf. Animals seem to be happy and the staff is switch on and passionate. They just invited koalas in and we found...More

1  Thank hitchthehiker2000
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Hitch! Edmund and Thackory, the koalas, send their love.

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Reviewed 19 May 2018

We enjoyed visiting Santa Barbara zoo. There are lots of animals, and it's a nice park too (for people from outside the US, it's pretty exciting to see the hummingbirds, mockingbirds and night herons that are flying around wild, not part of the zoo collection!)...More

Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Pretty good! Basically! It's a good zoo, pretty small though. If you get there for opening you can get it done in a morning. Seems to be great for kids, lots of activities and interactions for them.

Thank McApples
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Rosa J
15 June 2018|
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Response from Cavydad | Reviewed this property |
Plan to bring a lunch. I prefer the nearby beach.
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ecl921
1 August 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!
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Gwendalyn B
1 May 2016|
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Response from Christy W | Reviewed this property |
You can bring food in the park and there are some really nice grassy areas in the back of the park to set up a picnic and let the kids run around.
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