Don’t miss a ride on the Santa Barbara Zoo Train! Two C.P. Huntington trains that circle the perimeter of the Zoo delight visitors of all ages. Operation times may vary due to weather.
$7/Adults & seniors (13+),$5.50 for SB Zoo Members.
$6.50/Children (2-12),$5 for SB Zoo Members.
Children under 2 are free.
Engineer for a Day
Come aboard and learn to be a Santa Barbara Zoo Railroad engineer! Participants will assist the engineer in daily train safety checks, ride with an engineer on the locomotive, blow the Zoo Train whistle, and more.
Included are an engineer’s cap, bandana, train whistle, certificate, and a special button. Get more info and buy tickets online.
Cost: $160/person, $130/person for SB Zoo Members.
Swimming with Humpbacks and other adventures
Immersive virtual reality experiences featuring actual footage of humpback whales in the wild and other cool adventures. Choose your favorite! Recommended for ages 3+.
Cost: $6/person, $5/person for SB Zoo Members.
Hand feed Masai giraffes and have the experience of a lifetime. Please call ahead to check on giraffe feeding schedule, times or check at the admissions window upon your arrival; feeding times may vary due to weather and/or animal behavior.
Open 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. weekdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and 1:30–2:45 p.m. weekends. Please try to get in line 15 minutes prior to feeding end times.
Cost: $8/adult, $5/adult for SB Zoo Members; $4/child, $2/child for SB Zoo Members. Tickets currently only available at the Zoo.
The barnyard is home to domestic sheep, which you can feed with specially formulated pellets available for purchase at the Explore Store adjacent to the barnyard. Open daily 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. or until food runs out.
$4/feeding, $3/for SB Zoo Members. Purchase at Explore Store.
Visiting the barnyard is free.
A soaring experience at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Climb for Condors on our 26’ rock wall, and learn what it takes to save an endangered species.
Climbers must weigh between 45 and 250 lbs.
Cost: $6/person, $5/for SB Zoo Members.
Open 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday–Sunday.
Operation times may vary due to weather.
Search for gems in “them thar hills”– well, near the Barnyard, anyway. Pan for fossils, shark teeth, and gems at Rattlesnake Quarry. Purchase a bag of “ore,” then sift, shake, and pan for hidden treasures in the 12-foot-long sluice box complete with running water, just like the ones used during the California Gold Rush. Open daily.
Ore Bags (each contains keepsake)
Guests can observe the preparation of food for the 500+ animals at SB Zoo from a large window overlooking the Ridley-Tree Animal Kitchen.
Cost: free with Zoo admission.
The beautiful Volentine Gallery in Discovery Pavilion is open to the public during regular Zoo hours and special events. It features changing exhibits that relate to the natural world and the Zoo’s mission of conservation, education, research, and recreation. Cost: free with Zoo admission.
Want to take a break from walking around and let your little one express herself? Stop by the Explore Store to make an easy, eco-friendly craft that’s fun for all ages. Explorer Fundays are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and are free with Zoo admission. Each weekend features a different craft activity.
Kallman Family Play Area
A place to let your little ‘animals’ run wild! The Kallman Family Play Area, located across from the Zoo Train station, is full of fun stuff for the little ones. Pretend you’re a dinosaur and hide in one of the ‘dinosaur eggs’; be a spider as you crawl across the giant rope web; or, slide or roll down the ant hill, a perennial favorite.
Live Stage Shows
“Dino Doc” – Three high-tech dinosaurs get a check-up in a lively 15-minute performance about the Zoo’s veterinarian.
“California Tales” – This show features “Tiny” the 8-foot-tall talking grizzly bear aided by co-star puppets: a raven, turtle, California condor, and coyote.
Performances daily at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Performances at noon and 2 p.m. during Boo at the Zoo, and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
Cost: free with Zoo admission. Show times may be canceled due to weather.
Walk on the Wild Side
If you are a morning person, love animals, and are 60+ years old, you’ll love Walk on the Wild Side! Join this lively crew and get your exercise on while enjoying the Zoo.
Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays on Zoo grounds for one hour and is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, balance, and range of motion. Instructor D’ann Lawson will make sure you see lots of animals while you move.
Cost: first class is FREE. Sign up at the Zoo’s front gate.