We decided at the last minute to take the little ones on a mini road trip and venture up to the Santa Barbara Zoo. I’m not usually a Zoo person after visiting a few too many miserable Zoos in third world countries as a child. The Santa Barbara Zoo was by far a completely different experience to my previous ones and one that puts Zoo’s back on the list for me. Not only is it a great place for a family day, it’s lush, green hilltops are perfect for picnics overlooks the ocean.
The excitement of exploring and seeing the animals up close was such an enjoyable experience for my boys. Their faces, smiles, laughs, and screams of joy was worth every second as they pointed to each animal with excitement.
According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, zoos have over 50 million children with families, 12 million student learners on field trips and serves more than 183 million visitors each year. The zoo offers so many incredible learning opportunities, not only will they have a fun day exploring, they will also develop skills and knowledge.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects with more than 500 animals that are exhibited in what I would describe as beautiful naturalistic habitats. It’s no concrete jungle.
There are many amazing benefits to visiting a zoo:
- Encourages Language Development
- Participate in Educational Programs
- Get Outdoors & Exercise
- Promotes Family Bonding
- Encourages Environmental Awareness
- Gain Academic Knowledge
- Hands-On Experiences
- Initiates Curiosity
- Encourages Exploration and Self-Discovery
Upcoming Events at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Trick-or-treating for Halloween fun.
Fall camp at the Zoo
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