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Santa Barbara Zoo

  • 500 Niños Dr. Map It
  • Santa Barbara
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

This compact zoo's gorgeous grounds shelter elephants, gorillas, exotic birds, and big cats. For small children, there's a scenic railroad and barnyard petting zoo. Three high-tech dinosaurs and an eight-foot-tall grizzly bear puppet perform in live stage shows (free with admission), daily in summer and on weekends the rest of the year. Kids especially love feeding the giraffes from a view deck overlooking the beach. The palm-studded lawns on a hilltop overlooking the beach are perfect spots for family picnics.

Sight Information


500 Niños Dr., off El Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, California, 93103, USA

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805-962–5339-main line

Sight Details:

  • Zoo $17, parking $7

Published 07/06/2016


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