500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA

“The Audrey Hepburn of Zoos – petite, charming and beautiful.” (The Food Network)

Even the lions and the giraffes have sweeping ocean views at this charming sea-side park. The beauty of the animals is matched only by the lush gardens. Just two miles from State Street, this quaint Zoo can be toured in ninety-minutes to two hours, though you’ll be tempted to linger longer.

Not only are we a great place for a family day, we are a unique, off the beaten path place to host your special event. Our lush, green hilltop that overlooks the ocean is ideal for weddings and company picnics. Looking for an indoor event space? Ask about our beautiful, state of the art Discovery Pavilion! We have the perfect space for whatever your special event may be. 


Hours of Operation

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Special Events


Time: Location: Santa Barbara Zoo

Throw on a gaucho hat, shine up those dancing shoes, and bring an appetite for fun. Celebracion de los Dignatarios kicks off Fiesta week…

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Boo at the Zoo

Location: Santa Barbara Zoo

The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a…


Fall Zoo Camp

Location: Santa Barbara Zoo

November 20–22 & 24 Half Day 9 AM – 12 PM. Full Day 9 AM – 3 PM. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a…