Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara, CA

Where are we going?

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara

805 962 5339

What is there to do?

With 30 acres and over 400 animals we've got one great zoo! An average Zoo visit lasts 2.5 hours; but many guests spend a half day meandering the grounds, taking in the Pacific Ocean views, and enjoying a picnic lunch or dinner after visiting the animals.

California Trails multi-exhibit complex includes Condor Country, home of four juvenile California condors, Channel Island fox, Rattlesnake Canyon, home to endangered reptiles and amphibians, bald eagles, and desert tortoises. Other popular exhibits: Baringo giraffes, Amur leopard, African lions, Humboldt penguins, Asian elephants, Western lowland gorillas, Gibbon Island, snow leopard, Goeldi's and Titi monkeys, and much much more!

Attractions: Giraffe feeding ($4 per person); Barnyard ($1 per cup, free to visit); Carousel featuring hand-carved exotic animals ($1 for children up to 48" tall); Zoo train ($2.50 to $3.50, free for children under 2); Kallman family play area (free).

How much does it cost?

Adults: $14

Children: $10

Free Under: 2 years.


Need a little extra help?

The Zoo is fully accessible to the disabled, and wheelchairs are available for rental ($6) at the Gift Shop. Limited parking for the disabled is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


When can we go?

10am to 5pm. Everyday except Christmas.


Any top tips?

They do not allow barbeques, skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, or pets in the Zoo. Barbeques, RV's, and pets are not allowed in the Zoo parking lot.

I’m Hungry!

The Ridley-Tree House Restaurant serves delicious grilled items, sandwiches, salads, and other tasty delights. Relax in our garden courtyard while you eat. Hot food is served until 4:30 p.m. Visit our brand-new restaurant, 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. Kids Meals are chicken and steak tacos plus cheese quesadillas. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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