Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara, CA

Where are we going?

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Dr
Santa Barbara
CA 93103

805 962 5339

What is there to do?

Something WILD is headed your way in Santa Barbara, and that might be a day filled with animal fun at Santa Barbara Zoo!

With 30 acres and over 500 animals representing 146 species, so it certainly will be a day of animals interactions, learning, and creating amazing memories! 

An average Zoo visit lasts 2 1/2 hours, but many families spend a half day meandering the grounds, taking in the Pacific Ocean views, and enjoying a picnic lunch or dinner after visiting the animals. It's YOUR day, so do what you like with it!

Santa Barbara Zoo offers naturalistic habitats for the animals to call home, so kids can witness them acting close to how they would in the wild. 

From Africa, to Asia, and even Down Under, kids can meet animals from ALL over the world! There are the adorable river otters who love to play, and the impressive Asian elephants with their charming faces. Kids can marvel at how tall giraffes really are, and of course they can see those grand African lions with their own eyes. 

Santa Barbara Zoo also houses rare and endangered species including the Amur Leopard, offering kids an invaluable learning experience all about conservation, and why it's so important for us to care for the animals on the planet, and their homes!

Don't miss the California Trails multi-exhibit complex including Condor Country, home of four juvenile California condors, Channel Island fox, Rattlesnake Canyon, home to endangered reptiles and amphibians, bald eagles, and desert tortoises. 

As well as the animals, Santa Barbara Zoo also offers a number of fun attractions and experiences that you can enjoy for a small additional fee, including the giraffe feeding, barnyard visit, carousel ride, zoo trail and family play area!

Are you excited to enjoy an animal-tastic day out in one of the most beautiful parts of California? Great! Let's get WILD!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $18

Children: $10 (Ages 2-12)

Discount: Senior discounts

Free Under: 2 years.

Family Deals: Annual memberships available!


Need a little extra help?

The Zoo is fully accessible to the disabled, and wheelchairs are available for rental at the Gift Shop. Limited parking for the disabled is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


When can we go?

Open 10am to 5pm daily (3:30pm close on Thanksgiving & Christmas)

Open year round!


Any top tips?

There are additional experiences and attractions that you can enjoy for an extra fee, ranging from the train rides to giraffe experiences and a 26ft climbing wall!

I’m Hungry!

The Ridley-Tree House Restaurant serves delicious grilled items, sandwiches, salads, and other tasty delights. There is also The Wave, at the Zoo's hilltop! Enjoy beautiful ocean views while eating South American-style meals with choices of chicken, beef, or sustainable salmon & shrimp. There are also several specialty food carts (seasonal) and vending machines throughout the Zoo.

Healthy Eating

The menu at The Wave features a mix of informal Mexican-inspired dishes. Tacos and quesadillas are offered with a choice of grilled chicken, steak or shrimp and optional sides of sour cream and guacamole. Caesar and mixed green salads are served with a choice of grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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