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Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 950+ 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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  • A small Zoo, a small town. I think the price is a little overstated + parking. The animals a bit, some cells are empty. Better visit another Zoo in another city.
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  • The zoo is a great family trip in Santa Barbra their are many animals and one interesting story on one of the penguins the zoo also has a few week span zoo camp where kids get the behind the scene of ...  read more »
  • It's just the perfect size zoo for small kids! By the time they start to get tired.... you're done! Always clean, well kept and fun to visit! 
  • 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
  • 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!
  • This is a small zoo but very beautiful and across from the beach, so it is "relatively" cool and breezy. A wonderful place to take small children and grandchildren. We have been coming for many years and it always is an enjoyable experience. Four thumbs up (if you count your toes)
  • It's small but very cool, the limited number of animals is balanced by their having large, comfortable looking cages compared to other zoos which can seem very cruel. You can tell the trainers and zoo workers genuinely care about the animals, providing them with varied diets, toys, and exposing them to new scents and scenarios so they are fulfilled. Make sure to catch the elephant show to see what I mean. Plus the location is absolutely gorgeous and it's easy to see the whole zoo by 3 or 4PM, then grab dinner and head to the beach for a beautiful Santa Barbara sunset.
  • The Santa Barbara Zoo is a wonderful place to take children of all ages. The annual membership cost is extremely reasonable, and includes parking. The exhibits are accessible, and animals are almost always visible. My family enjoys the many grassy areas. I have also been there for several private events, and they never disappoint. The view from the giraffe enclosure and lawn are breathtaking.
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