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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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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 10 AM to noon, 1 to 2 PM, and occasionally 3:30-4:00 PM.

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

Barnyard Feeding

The barnyard is home to domestic sheep and goats, which you can feed with specially formulated pellets available for purchase at the Explore Store adjacent to the barnyard. Open daily 11 AM– 2 PM or until food runs out.

Cost: $5/feeding, $4/for SB Zoo Members. Buy tickets at the Zoo on the day of your visit.

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 online or 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. Cost: free with Zoo admission.

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.

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103