Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara

4.5
#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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  • We stopped on the way from Santa Ynez Valley to LA. Clean, well-maintained exhibits and young, friendly staff. We saw animals out at every exhibit. Not sure if that was good luck or the norm. Very ple...  more »
  • Lots of activities for kids. And actually most kids were not that interested in the animals. Good size not overwhelming. Close up views of most displays. Food choices very limited and not that healthy...  more »
  • A small zoo but great on conservation. The variety of animals was great. You can spend a hour or longer highly recommend  more »
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  • Love this Zoo. Been coming here since I was a little girl & now taking my own daughter. It's the perfect size to walk around for the day. We love the train ride & all the animals. Some animal exhibits aren't as luxurious as others and the animals could use more enrichment in their enclosures. But overall this is a wonderful organization and a great adventure for the day.
  • Area is just wide enough for a family day visit to bring kids. Not too crowded. Has plenty enough animals to see and the whole zoo can be covered in one visit. Has animal show and also a small play area for little kids.
  • 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.

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