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Santa Barbara Zoo

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500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
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Welcome to the GPS-enabled driving tour of California’s famous Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway! This self-guided audio tour stretches between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world! It also includes a popular scenic detour along Monterey’s 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach. This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Highway 1 with maximum flexibility and value.<br><br>Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. <br><br>Recommended: purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time!<br><br>Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!<br><br>This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules before your visit.
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Mark H wrote a review 8 Jan
Berwyn, Pennsylvania84 contributions60 helpful votes
This was a pretty nice smaller zoo. It's easy to find and parking was plentiful when we came in February. It was a bit chilly so maybe it wasn't as crowded as it would be during warmer times. There are plenty of animals, but it's not so large where you feel you're rushing to see everything in a day. We also really liked that we could bring our own lunch and enjoy a picnic near all the animal attractions. We had a great afternoon here and I'm sure we'll visit again next time we're in Santa Barbara.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nichole S wrote a review Sep 2020
Detroit, Michigan4 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our 1st time at the Zoo. It was nice to see that Covid-19 didn't take away the experience. It was not crowded because you were required to book your reservations in advance. We came early so the animals were not sleeping. We had a welcome photo when we arrived. This was a good Sunday afternoon experience. Will go again the next time we are in town.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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JuneOlympia wrote a review Sep 2020
Englewood, Florida262 contributions95 helpful votes
This is a cute little zoo with plenty of parking and very nice grounds for the visitors. However, the space/enclosures that the animals have are way too small with not enough enrichment activity potential - Really sad! The other challenge is that there are no maps of the zoo. When asking a staff member about that they suggested that we "Might be able to locate something online" - pretty ridiculous.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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reyeshhh wrote a review Aug 2020
Oceanside, California57 contributions22 helpful votes
Sorry but this zoo is horrible. The grounds were kept really nice. The only cool thing is feeding the giraffe. Other than that they dont have alot of animals.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from RichardB850, President/CEO at Santa Barbara Zoo
Responded 1 Sep 2020
I was pleased to read that you took time to visit the Zoo and enjoyed your encounter with our giraffes. It was disappointing, however, to read your comment that the Zoo was “horrible” and there weren’t “a lot of animals.” Yes, some of our exhibits are closed. This is the case with any accredited zoo you visit at this time; all indoor, enclosed exhibits have been closed in response to the Covid-19 health department mandates. We are grateful to be open and to have the opportunity to provide a safe, educational, fun outdoor experience for our guests. When you visited the giraffes, their exhibit is in the middle of African lions, meerkats and lowland gorillas. Just to the northeast are a number of exhibits, California Trails, that feature endangered and threatened species native to our South coast home. Adjacent to the island foxes, a conservation success story, is the rare opportunity to see endangered California condors. These enormous birds are part of the on-going recovery program that dramatically has brought their numbers back from roughly 22 birds in the 1980’s. As a result of these conservation efforts, over 200 condors are flying free above California, Arizona, Utah, and Baja, Mexico. The Humboldt penguins have been a guest favorite since they were first welcomed to the Zoo in 2006. There are other small primates, dramatic giant anteaters, the world’s largest rodents (capybaras), colorful parrots, a flock of flamingos, and two species of Asia’s most endangered large cats. There’s actually a lot more to see and many of these residents have wonderful stories to share about their wild relatives. Most guests spend an average of 90 minutes to two hours visiting the Zoo, enjoying the beautiful surroundings along with the furry, scaled and feathered star attractions. We look forward to the time when all areas of the Zoo are again open and our guests can experience even more. I hope you might consider returning when you’re back in Santa Barbara to see some of the animals you might have missed.
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sweets wrote a review Aug 2020
Dallas, Texas281 contributions39 helpful votes
I had never been to a zoo I would describe as sad before this one. I don’t know if it was more because of corona and the lack of people coming in causing less pay and less staff help to maintain the place or for the late time we were there or a combination of those things. Since they were only doing reservations, we had one available timeframe left , which was at 5pm. The hours are regularly till 5, but I guess they extended till 7 because of the reservations they had in place. So, to begin with, if there had been available slots, it would have been better to had gotten the earlier times when the animals would be awake. I think most of them had turned in for the day during our time because they were used to being closed by then. On top of that, it seemed like they were moving half the exhibits around, so a lot of empty enclosures because of that. And along comes corona, which shuts down all the indoors parts, so that’s about 75% of the zoo you don’t get to see with just those things. And half of the remaining parts that still had animals looked in a pretty sad state, like they didn’t have enough staff to fund to properly take care of the place. I noticed most of the areas where there was water either looked very dirty or needed refilling. The water hole with the one lonely giraffe looked half filled, another where the lions were I think, was like a waterfall kind of thing overflowed with moss. Seemed all the bird water areas were covered in poop, more than they should be, poor penguins looked like they were bathing in poop simply because their entire enclosure was covered in it and the water too, so there was no clean surface for them to slide around on. Overall, not the best zoo experience I ever had. Most likely they keep the hours just to get the income, but honestly would probably be better for them to not be open so late if there aren’t any animals to see...
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Date of experience: August 2020
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