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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.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance or on your mobile device while visiting the Zoo. 

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Goat Brushing

Get up close to our extremely cute mini Nubian and dwarf Nigerian goats in the Zoo’s barnyard for a fun and relaxed goat brushing experience on your next trip to the Zoo.

Goat brushing hours: Weekends 11 AM – 1 PM and 2 – 4 PM. Hours may vary due to animal behavior.

Cost: Goat brushing is free with Zoo admission or membership.

Giraffe Feeding

Hand feed Masai giraffes and have the experience of a lifetime. Giraffe feeding schedule may vary due to weather and/or animal behavior; check at the giraffe deck when you visit for the day’s schedule. The deck is typically open from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

Cost: $8/person, $5/SB Zoo Members. Buy tickets at the Zoo on the day of your visit.

Walking Tours

This experience covers the Zoo’s history and details about the animals who call the Zoo home.  With a focus on conservation and animal care, your guide will lead you through the Zoo and share their knowledge of our animals’ natural and personal histories. Tours available daily.

Cost: one-hour tour is $40/person, $20/person for  SB Zoo Members; two-hour tour is $60/person, $30/person for SB Zoo Members and includes admission to the Zoo. Please use the link below to book your walking tour.

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Climbing Wall

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 AM – 3:30 PM Friday–Sunday.
Operation times may vary due to weather.

Ranger Station

The Ranger Station is a place where you can connect to nature by walking on mini trails, spotting local animals and plant life, and becoming immersed in the great outdoors. Open daily, hours may vary.

Cost: free with Zoo admission or membership.

Theater Gone Wild

“Dino Doc” – The Zoo’s dinosaurs get a check-up and receive top-notch medical care with some help from kids in the audience.

“California Tales: Turtle Flies South for Winter” – This show features the California Tales Crew, including Corey Coyote who enlists the ingenious help of Rikki Raven and Eleanora Condor to teach a talkative turtle a lesson.

Cost: free with Zoo admission. Show times vary and may be canceled due to weather.

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Fossil Find

Channel your inner paleontologist and dig for bones! Fossil Find inspires younger guests to learn about the discovery of prehistoric animals. Pour your bag of dirt into a tray, lower it into the trough, and the flowing water reveals different types of fossils. Use the identification chart to see what you’ve found!

Open 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on weekends, holidays, spring break, and daily during the summer. Buy tickets at the Zoo.

Cost: $15/person, $14/person for SB Zoo Members

Animal Encounters

Are you curious about what it’s like to feed a penguin or get eye-to-eye with giraffes? Check out the Santa Barbara Zoo’s animal encounters, where you’ll meet and greet the animals for a 30-minute educational experience and Q & A session. Parking and admission to the Zoo are included in encounter prices.

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Animal Kitchen

Guests can observe the preparation of food for all of the animals at the Zoo from a large window overlooking the Ridley-Tree Animal Kitchen.

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

Art Exhibit

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.

The current show is Island Fox Conservation Working Group: Celebrating 25 Years, a wonderful graphic representation of the collaborative efforts that saved the island fox from certain extinction.

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

Kallman Family Play Area

A place to 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.

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103