Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-962-5339 main
805-962-6310 recorded information

Open daily (except for Christmas)
10am-5pm. Tickets sold until 4pm.

Consistently ranked as one of America's best small zoos, the Zoological Gardens are wonderful.  One of my favorite things to do is get in right around 4 p.m. when the animals are getting fed.

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Among the 500 animals you'll find elephants, giraffes, lions, gibbons, sea lions, exotic birds and farm animals. There is a miniature train ride, children's playground, snack bar and spacious picnic area. 

The zoo is constantly in the process of making changes so there's always something new each visit.

Note:  If the animals and the park don't amaze you, think of the amazing piece of land this zoo sits on. You're right next to the ocean and the giraffe's have the equivalent of a multi-million dollar condo!  


From the South on U.S. 101 (Going North): Take the Hot Springs / Cabrillo Boulevard Exit. Turn left on Cabrillo and continue to the first stop light. Turn right on Ninos Drive. The entrance is about 2 blocks on the right side. Note: If you miss your exit, you can use the Milpas Street exit and follow the directions below after going LEFT on Milpas Street.

From the North on U.S. 101 (Going South): Take the Milpas Street exit and go RIGHT on Milpas Street. Cross the railroad tracks, and turn left on Cabrillo Boulevard. Turn left at the first light, which is Ninos Drive. The entrance is on the right side across from the playing fields.

Strollers, Wagons & Wheelchairs

Strollers, Wagons & Wheelchairs are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis

Admission & Parking Policies

The zoo does not allow skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, RV's, dogs or barbecues in the Zoo or the parking lot.