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Take a step out of the ordinary and jump into a wild adventure at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

What is an Overnight Safari?
Your adventure starts in the evening when you set up camp on a lawn next to the lion exhibit or in our heated, indoor classroom. Then our instructors lead your group through a series of exciting, hands-on educational activities including up-close animal encounters and behind-the-scenes explorations. An evening snack is also provided.

In the morning, your group will enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, another up-close animal encounter with one of our zookeepers, a train ride, and creating a special breakfast treat for one of our Zoo animals. At the conclusion of our program, you are welcome to explore the Zoo with your group on your own to see all of your favorite animals in the light of day!

When can I book an Overnight Safari?
Overnight Safaris are available year-round: on weekends during the school year, and any day of the week once school lets out. Dates fill up quickly, so contact us now to find out about current availability: (805) 962-5339, ext. 154 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

altWho can book an Overnight Safari?
Overnight Safaris are designed for children 5-13 with adult chaperones. A modified program is also available for middle and high school groups. Overnight Safaris are very popular with Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops, but they are also great for birthday parties, classes, or even groups of friends! Overnight Safaris are not available for groups of adults (over 18) or for children under 5.

How many people can an Overnight Safari accommodate?
We require a minimum of 15 participants to book a private Overnight Safari. Overnight Safaris sleeping in the education classroom can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants, while groups sleeping outdoors can be as large as 100 participants.

How much does an Overnight Safari cost?
An Overnight Safari costs $70 per participant.

How do I book an Overnight Safari?
To request more information about an Overnight Safari, including available dates, please call (805) 962-5339, ext. 154 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Here's what they're saying about Overnight Safaris:
alt "The instructors related so well with the kids."
"The Overnight Safari held everyone's interest, kids and adults."
"It exceeded our every expectation."


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