Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara

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#1 of 17 in Parks in Santa Barbara
See rare and endangered species and take part in various animal-oriented activities at Santa Barbara Zoo. The zoo features more than 400 animals--from insects to large mammals--and gives the visitors a chance to learn about the wildlife, admire rarely seen and endangered species, and interact with some of its residents. Animal habitats are recreated to mimic each animal's natural surroundings. View species from all over the world, such as Asian elephants and Western lowland gorillas, as well as local animals, such as the California condor. Some tours and activities require an additional fee. Make Santa Barbara Zoo a part of your Santa Barbara vacation plans using our Santa Barbara trip planner.
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  • Grew up in SB going to this zoo. Now when I visit I take my daughter.Though not a big fan of zoos - this one is gorgeous and the animals seem to get good care. My daughter has enjoyed it many times.  more »
  • We had a wonderful day at the zoo. This is a lovely little zoo with a fantastic and well informed staff! Zoo is very well maintained. We personally got to feed the 5 giraffes. Amazing! Also notable wa...  more »
  • This is one of our favorite zoos! It is small and manageable. It is so pretty with views of the ocean. You can bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it in the very spacious lawn and even watch a Dino ...  more »
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  • This is a great place to bring the entire family regardless of age! There is something for everyone to do. One of the highlights is getting to hand feed the giraffes some treats and getting to ride the train. The staff was friendly and helpful throughout the entire park. There‚Äôs a good size play area for young kids that was really neat and a great opportunity for parents to take a seat for a bit! Price was pretty fair given the size of the zoo ($17). The entire zoo is wheelchair accessible including parking, bathrooms, ramps, etc.
  • Excellent small Zoo Experience!!! A bit pricey but lots of amenities. (Restrooms, play areas, and grass) young and old will all find fun things to do..... contrary to another persons review I found lots of helpful and informative staff. Which is amazing that the hills were on fire just over a week ago.
  • Each time we visit this zoo we love it. It has a quaint feel compared to others mega zoos but still has plenty to see. The feel of the zoo is definitely more like a beautiful park setting. The weather has never been too hot since it's right by the ocean. Our last visit was unique as we did the Safari overnight experience with scouts. It was a great night with behind the scenes tours and a chance to experience the zoo at night. It was worth it and the breakfast was good.
  • They have great events, they sometimes have free days. The staff is so nice. Always clean. Have activities for all ages. Animals seem so relax and happy. So much fun. BUT Food is horrible here, eat before you come or after you leave. I wish I could've recieved a refund for all my food, hard, cold, nasty, 45$ in food threw almost all of it away.
  • This is a great small zoo, perfect for little kids - we took our 2 year old grandson. They have a great play area and the animals are relatively close. On the other hand, I hate to support a zoo where the cages and containment areas are so small. Lots of the animals were pacing - which I believe is a sign of stress. I recognize the limitations of property in Santa Barbara, but there has to be a better way to handle this.

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Blessed with a mild climate and lush location, Santa Barbara remains a playground for the rich and famous, so it's no surprise that accommodations can be extremely expensive here. The priciest hotels are near the water, so before you make your reservations, decide if staying beachside fits into your budget. You can find more affordable rooms at any one of the area's small motels, located just blocks from the beaches. These offer secure parking, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi.
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