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Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
(4.4/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • We love zoos, but this is not a great one. Many of the exhibits seemed shabby and a surprising number of exhibits were empty. The various enclosures seemed too small for several of the animals, notabl...  more »
  • Very nicely done. We enjoyed the displays, and layout. Plenty of good viewing. Overlooking the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. 
  • This is definitely one of the nicer zoos. Accessible, temperature always nice so the animals are out and visible. Baby giraffes are adorable. Nice place for sure. 
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  • I used to go to this zoo about once a month when I was a child about 20 years ago. The community of Santa Barbara is wonderful. My girlfriend and I just went a few days ago and it is still a very nice zoo with lots of fun things to do for the kids and adults alike. The train that circles the zoo was always one of my favorite things to do there when I was a kid and they still have it up and running. Definitely worth the extra $6 to get the "behind-the-scenes" views. This zoo is not as big as some of the other zoos like LA or San Diego, but also not so crowded and since it is only a couple hundred yards from the beach, the weather is great! Parking is $7(or $10 on the weekends), but if you have a disabled placard or plate parking is free(parking is also free with an annual zoo membership... only $110 for 2 adults and children ). Admission is $17 for ages 13-64, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children 2-12 and under 2 are free. The zoo is open every day 10am to 5pm. After visiting the zoo, be sure to check out the pier "Stearns Wharf" only a couple blocks north from the zoo. There is a nice aquarium with a touch tank, there are also some nice gift shops, restaurants and boat tours with reasonable prices.
  • Live up the street from here and always hear the lions roaring while I am at east beach across the street playing volleyball. Its a really great small zoo where you can walk around and see everything in a day. As a bonus they host a yearly beer festival called zoo brew that sells out fairly quick, hop on that if you have a chance, the venue and environment are amazing.. oh and there are animals too
  • Absolutely awesome zoo. We fed the giraffes. It was a great experience. They have gorillas and penguins. One of the best zoos i have ever bern to.
  • I'm a member here and it's mine and the fam's favorite zoo by far. Feeding the giraffes, tons of open space to sit on the grass with beautiful views of the ocean, the big cats are beautiful and the rest of the animals are just amazing. Michael is definitely my favorite giraffe. He's totally the cool giraffe from middle school that everyone looked up to, but he was still really nice to the not-so-popular giraffes. DID I MENTION THEY SERVE BEER!
  • small zoo you can get it done in two hours, nice place for little kids, love the train and shows, a beautiful place for weddings :) they just need to improve their food, if you want to save money bring your own and totally ride the little train