Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo
Rating: A+ for the mini-carousel, train, playground, and a wide variety of animals.
Ages: Toddler to adult
Directions: Take 101 South; exit Milpas Street towards the ocean. After the railroad tracks, turn left on Punta Gorda to the Zoo.
Contact: 962-6310 or 962-5339
www.santabarbarazoo.org
Season: Try to avoid major holiday weekend
crowds. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The zoo first opened in 1963 with seven animals. There are now more than 500 animals living on 30 acres, including Western Lowland Gorillas, Baringo giraffes, elephants, lions (King of the Jungle gets the best ocean view!) and anteaters! Some locals go simply for the cool playground and carousel.
Give the little ones some time at the playground, and let them feed the animals nearby. Don’t miss the fish-eye view underground at the penguin exhibit. The cool thing about about this zoo is how close you
can get to the animals. Front gate closes at 4 p.m. but you can stay until 5 p.m. Don’t hesitate to go on a rainy day: the animals are out in the rain and they love it!
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Upcoming Activities


Calendar of Events

Sierra Club Flashlight Hike
+-3 miles, 6 p.m. Fridays
Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna Street
Free, 685-2145

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Tour
First Saturday, third Sunday
Hike Tour, 10-Noon, open til 4
Reservations required:
arroyohondo@sblandtrust.org
(805) 567-1115
 
Camino Real Bike Moves (all ages)
Bicycle downtown at night!
First Tuesday of the month
9:30 p.m. De La Guerra Plaza
(805) 455-8957

Free Rides Wed. & 1st Friday!
South Coast Railroad Museum
1-4 p.m. Wed. through Sun.
300 N. Los Carneros
964-3540

Art Workshops
Art From Scrap
10 a.m. Saturdays, $6.00
302 E. Cota St., 884-0459

Remote-Control Car Races
11:30 a.m. every Sunday
Elings Park, Free! All ages!
1298 Las Positas Rd.
www.elingspark.org

S.B. Maritime Museum: Free!
3rd Thursday of the month
805-962-8404/www.sbmm.org

Museum of Natural History
Free admission
3rd Sunday of the month
(805) 682-4711
www.sbnature.org

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Free admission every Sunday
805-963-4364/www.sbma.net

Ocean Ducks (polar bears)
Any ages, any suits, welcome!
9 a.m. every Sunday with
Post-swim potluck breakfast
Butterfly Beach, north stairs
Noon, Mon./Wed./Fri. at
shower near Beachside Cafe
Goleta Beach
www.oceanducks.com
(805) 637-8331

Drum Circle
Listen or participate!
4 p.m. Saturdays, all ages
Chase Palm Park
(805) 967-9956