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The Zoological Gardens
500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara
Admissions Information: (805)963-5695
Birthday information hotline: (805)962-5339 ext. 54
General Visitor Information: (805)962-6310
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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. If you're lucky you can actually see (and hear) the sea lions eat - a treat in and of itself!

Among the 600 animals you'll find elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, 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!  

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Particulars:  Open daily 10am-5pm. Tickets sold until 4pm. Admission adults and teens $8, seniors and children 2-12 $6.  The annual pass is quite inexpensive and practically pays for itself on one trip.  If you are local or plan to return, it's definitely worth looking into.  The train ride 1.50 adults, $1 children 

Directions: Take the 101N until you reach Montecito (approx. 1/2 hour).  Take the Cabrillo Blvd.'s exit.  It's a left exit so be sure to maneuver into the left lane.  At the bottom of the ramp turn left.   Drive past the Bird Refuge.  The road will curve around to the right. When you come to the first stop light, turn right.  The zoo is two blocks on the right.