Family Day Out At The Santa Barbara Zoo

 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.

Santa Barbara Zoo Giraffes

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.

It is located on 30 acres close to the ocean on land donated to the community on a site known as the Child’s Estate.
The zoo has been named as one of the nation’s best small zoos and participates in Species Survival Plans, a cooperative conservation program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Santa Barbara Zoo Monkeys
We highly recommend packing a picnic lunch and taking a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. It’s great for kids of all ages. Our six month baby girl,  our two, three and 11 year olds, all enjoyed their experience at the zoo, which can be toured in as little as an hour to two hours. I’m sure you’ll be enticed to pull up a picnic rug and enjoy the scenery and lush grassy hills, as we did. We sat for about 30 minutes enjoying a shady break on the side of a grassy hill. It really made our day.
Located at 500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, it is open from 10am–5 pm.

Santa Barbara Zoo Alligators

Santa Barbara Zoo Snow Leopard

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

Halloween at the Zoo


Trick-­or-treating for Halloween fun.

Zoo Camp


Fall camp at the Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo

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  1. Bev Thoms says:

    Love all your stories and ventures Chloe. Love reading all the things you write about.

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