Zoos in SANTA BARBARA with kids

It’s animal time in Santa Barbara, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Santa Barbara because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Santa Barbara Zoo

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    (2 miles) Santa Barbara

    With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (70 miles) Sylmar

    The Wildlife Learning Center exhibits more than 70 rescued species from six continents in a family friendly park-style setting, where kids can learn all about the animals from their specialist staff.

  • Quail Run Ostrich Ranch

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    (72 miles) Lake Hughes

    Amazing guided tours all about the life of the ostrich, feeding fun for kids, and of course - the ostriches themselves! Animal fun in California!

  • The Gentle Barn

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    (73 miles) Santa Clarita

    A beautiful place where kids with special needs or come from troubled backgrounds, interact with animals who have been severely abused, rescued, rehabilitated and given sanctuary.

  • Wildlife Waystation

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    (77 miles) Angeles National Forest

    The Wildlife Waystation, situated on 160 acres in California's Angeles National Forest, is internationally recognized for its ongoing, charitable efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild and exotic ...

  • Eco Station

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    (80 miles) Culver City

    Features incredible hands-on lessons of ecology and environmentalism whilst encountering tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Guided tour only.

  • Roundhouse Aquarium

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    (82 miles) Manhattan Beach

    A FREE entry aquarium in California with touch tanks, camps, story times and lots of creatures of the ocean!

  • Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (83 miles) Los Angeles

    Animal fun in Los Angeles with more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species!

  • California Living Museum

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    (84 miles) Bakersfield

    A great day out for the whole family, California’s premier native zoo and garden showcases native California animals and plants to teach kids respect for all living things through education ...

  • Feline Conservation Center

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    (89 miles) Rosamond

    Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.

  • Charles Paddock Zoo

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    (91 miles) Atascadero

    The mission of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to provide an educational resource for wildlife awareness and conservation, and an enriched recreational experience for the residents and visitors of the ...

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    (95 miles) San Pedro

    Discover the underwater world of Southern California at this marine aquarium, just steps from Cabrillo Beach, and a great place for kids to learn!

  • Montebello Barnyard Zoo

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    (96 miles) Montebello

    Barnyard fun with pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, picnic area, playground and kids' birthday parties all in Montebello, California!

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    (97 miles) Long Beach

    Journey through the wonderful Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach aquarium, filled with exhibits and over 11,000 ocean animals!

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  • My Gym Ventura

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    (29 miles) Ventura

    Classes and programs where kids can develop strength, balance, fitness, coordination, and motor skills. Great learning and development for kids in Ventura!

  • The Clubhouse Funzone

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    (29 miles) Ventura

    Geared for kids under 6, but all ages welcome at this California indoor play center, with climbing, bouncing, and birthday parties!

  • Rockin Kids PlayCenter

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    (54 miles) Simi valley

    Rockin' Kids Play Center offers indoor play and parties for kids in a safe and clean environment. It's a place for kids to use their social and motor skills while interacting with other children. ...

  • Jumping Genius

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    (63 miles) West Hills Canoga Park

    Our large play center is filled with age appropriate toys for newborns to adults. Yes, adults! Although our center is for kids, there are video arcade machines as well as ping-pong and air hockey ...

  • The Jump Around

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    (64 miles) Canoga Park

    Fancy visiting the largest indoor inflatable playground in the San Fernando Valley? Well here it is!

  • Giggles N Hugs

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    (65 miles) Canoga Park

    A diverse and high quality playspace offering enrichment sessions and evening entertainments including magic and puppet shows. Healthy, organic menu.

  • Adventure Playhouse

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    (72 miles) San Fernando

    A fun, safe and clean indoor play center for kids AND parents, with parties and karate classes too! Great fun for active kids in California

  • The Playroom

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    (74 miles) Sherman Oaks

    Playtime fun for those creative minds 5 years and under!

  • Camelot Park Family Entertainment Center

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    (75 miles) Bakersfield

    An adventurous playground of miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, batting cages and much more for the entire family.

  • Under the Sea Indoor Playground

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    (78 miles) Los Angeles

    Indoor kids fun "under the sea" in a playground filled with activities that will develop skills, and imagination, and fuel creativity!

  • The Coop

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    (78 miles) Studio City

    A modern, cool indoor play and party space for kids AND adults, with slides, ball pits, bouncers, sports, and even a dance floor! Outdoor garden and cappuccino bar for parents too

  • Kids Castle

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    (79 miles) Burbank

    Family Entertainment taken to a whole new level FANTASTIC food with plenty of fun and excitement for all ages. Centrally Located in Burbank California at:

  • Rockin Kids Burbank

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    (81 miles) Burbank

    Rockin' Kids Burbank is a fun, safe and bright indoor play center for kids to play, imagine and create!

  • Adventureplex

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    (84 miles) Manhattan Beach

    16,000sq ft of FUN in Manhattan Beach with a play structure, toddler town, sports court, rock wall, ropes course, and more!

  • The Coop

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    (84 miles) Redondo Beach

    Modern and cool indoor play for kids in Redondo Beach with over 3,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor play, including dance floor, slides, tubes, books, dress up and SO much more!

  • Play Indoor Playground

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    (85 miles) Glendale

    A fun, playful and colorful indoor playground where kids can create, imagine, play and have fun!

  • Jungle Zone

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    (85 miles) Glendale

    Bruise-less, mess-less Laser Tag, the combat simulation game played with infra red. Spread over two floors with access ramps, immersive and exciting fun for kids over 44".

  • Caterpillar Kids Place

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    (87 miles) Flintridge

    A fun eco-friendly play area for those active kids under 8.

  • Peekaboo Playland

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    (87 miles) Eagle Rock

    An indoor playground that provides a safe, educational and entertaining environment for children. Roleplay settings, physical play structures and more.

  • Kid Concepts USA

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    (88 miles) Torrance

    Explore a 9,000sq ft Children's Edu-Tainment Center under 10s, with a large indoor playground for imaginative play, physical fitness and social interaction!

  • Silly Goose Playground

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    (90 miles) Lomita

    A beautiful and fun play area in Lomita, California, for those active and creative kids up to 8 years of age.