Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Santa Barbara  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara

(1,100+ reviews on the web)
Zoo / Aquarium
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. Santa Barbara Zoo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Santa Barbara Edition.
Create a full Santa Barbara itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Santa Barbara

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Santa Barbara by other users

4 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in United States BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in West Coast & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM HUNGARY April, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The Santa Barbara Zoo was a favorite of mine growing up. Now I'm loving bringing my kids here too. The train is always a must for us, and the park inside the zoo is wonderful. My kids love racing down...  more »
  • Looking forward to coming back so we can go to the Santa Barbara Zoo. We saw these animals during their feeding. Very beautiful day for traveling. Glad we did it.  more »
  • With the early summer flowers this by far the best and most aromatic zoo I've been to. It's not a large zoo but has a good number of exhibits. The train seems pricey but the conductor stops a few time...  more »
Google
  • Good zoo for the size of Santa Barbara. It's clean and the animals seem well looked after. We had a great chat with the ant eater keeper, very knowledgeable and excited to share. Lots of space for kids to run around and play.
  • Nice little zoo tucked away in Santa Barbara. Not too big which is great for kids to walk around. Very nice and clean. Close to the beach which keeps it a little cooler than other zoos.
  • Such beautiful views that you can't get from other parts of Santa Barbara. The family of giraffes is always a great attraction and if you're here the train ride is a must for both adults and children. They serve good food and beer here too. It's very well kept and the staff are very knowledgeable.
  • This is a great walkable zoo which enjoys perpetual good weather. The animals seem to sufficient space. At certain times there are feeding exhibits of leopards and lions. The apes and primates here seem to have enough space because it's not always easy to find many.
  • This is a great little zoo. If you have little kids that like animals and you live in the area, you should totally get a membership. The zoo is small and accessible enough that you can spend a satisfying hour, or you can see the whole thing in 2 hours.