Santa Barbara Zoo
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Neighboring the Andree Clark Bird Refuge in the east part of downtown, the Santa Barbara Zoo gives visitors a taste of the exotic just a block from the sandy shore. Recent visitors say the small zoo packs a lot of entertaining creatures into a clean, well-designed property. Permanent residents include anteaters, leopards, gorillas and penguins. But the biggest celebrities here are the native California condors and rare snow leopards. Despite the zoo's small size, many visitors praise the diversity of the animals. But they come for more than just the creatures. One TripAdvisor user comments, "The views of the ocean from the giraffe area are beautiful, and the atmosphere overall is very pleasant."
The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas. Admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for children. There are additional costs for parking, the Zoo Train, the carousel and feeding animals like giraffes and sheep. For more details, check out the zoo's website.