Hours and Tickets

Monday April 22, 2019 |

We're currently closed. Today's Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Zoo is open every day. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. The Zoo closes early for some special events.

Admission Tickets

Adults (13-64) : $18
Children (2-12) : $11
Seniors (65+) : $13
Children Under 2 : Free

Parking:

$11/vehicle (one free vehicle with SB Zoo Membership)
Bicycle parking is free; racks available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Today’s Keeper Talks

Monday, April 22

Please check at the front gate for a list of today’s keeper talks.

Guest Services

Accessibility

At the Santa Barbara Zoo, everyone is welcome, and we strive to make every guest’s visit as fun and educational as possible. Please use the information on the Zoo Accessibility page to help make your Zoo visit a safe, enjoyable, and memorable one.

Attire

For your safety, shirt, shoes, and bottoms are required when visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Dining

The Ridley-Tree House Restaurant serves delicious grilled items, sandwiches, salads, and other tasty delights. Relax in our garden courtyard while you eat. Hot food is served until 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy sandwiches, kid-friendly meals, light snacks, or ice cream along with sweeping ocean and mountain views at our hilltop cafe, the Wave.

Beer and wine are available at both the Ridley-Tree House and the Wave.

There are also several specialty food carts (seasonal) and vending machines throughout the Zoo.
Please note: the Ridley-Tree House will be closed May 13-17 for maintenance, but the Wave and food carts will be open.

Gifts and Souvenirs

There are plenty of places for you to get a little bit of the Zoo to take home with you. The Zoo’s main gift store is located near the entrance and is an exotic emporium of toys, books, and unique souvenirs. Stroller, wagon, and wheelchair rentals are available here.

The Explore Store, our eco-friendly shop, is located by the barnyard in the California Trails area of the Zoo. Find gifts or buy food for the barnyard animals here.

We also offer themed merchandise at the train station, you can make your own “wild” animals from the Zoo Workshop, or find something special at gift carts located around the Zoo.

Lockers

Need a place to stash your stuff while you enjoy the Zoo? Lockers are available for rent at the main Gift Shop for $6, $5 for SB Zoo Members.

Lodging Nearby

If you are visiting Santa Barbara from out of town, consider staying at one of these fine hotels and hideaways.

Photography and Video

We encourage you to take photos and video for your own personal use. Commercial photography is allowed, but only with prior written permission. Please contact the marketing department for more information, or review our location filming policy. We may photograph visitors from time to time for promotional and educational purposes: entry to the Zoo grants permission for us to use these images.

Smoking Policy

No smoking or vaping is permitted.

Strollers

Strollers are welcome throughout the Zoo, but please be considerate to others when navigating in crowded viewing areas. Strollers and wagons are available for rent at the Gift Store:

Single stroller $7/$6 for SB Zoo Members
Double stroller $9/$8 for SB Zoo Members
Wagon $8/$7 for SB Zoo Members

Wheelchair/ECV Rental

Wheelchairs are available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis for $7/each, $6/each for SB Zoo Members at the main gift store near the Zoo’s entrance. You may also make a reservation for a wheelchair at (805) 962-5339, ext. 119.

Electric convenience vehicles (ECV) are available to rent for $30/ea., $25/ea. for SB Zoo Members, plus a $10 deposit. They may be rented at the main Gift Store. Our ECV supply is limited, so please call ahead for reservations or additional information: (805) 962-5339, ext. 119.

Upcoming Events at the Zoo

May 29

IMPROVology at the Lobero

May 29 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Zoo comedy show you know and love…now at the Lobero Theatre! IMPROVology is a live, family-friendly mashup of science and comedy. It’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?” meets a “TED Talk,” where world-class comedians mix with animal experts and monkey around, and everyone ends up happy as clams. 

Sat 27

Explorer Fundays: Clothespin Caterpillars

April 27 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

52 Weeks of Fun!

Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. These hungry caterpillars need your help to grow! Create a caterpillar using clothespins and a little creativity.

Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store.

Cost: free with Zoo admission 

Sun 28

Explorer Fundays: Clothespin Caterpillars

April 28 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

52 Weeks of Fun!

Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. These hungry caterpillars need your help to grow! Create a caterpillar using clothespins and a little creativity.

Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store.

Cost: free with Zoo admission 

May 03

Members’ Night

May 3 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

For Santa Barbara Zoo Members and Foster Feeders Only.

Help experts from Play-Well TEKnologies kick off a weekend of fun “building the Zoo” with 20,000 LEGO® Bricks, learn about the animals from the zookeepers who take care of them, ride the Zoo Train, dance with DJ Hecktik, enjoy a delicious taco bar dinner, and so much more!

Reservations are required.

Cost: $18/adults; $12/children 2-12. Order tickets with printable form or online.

Note: the Zoo will close at 3:30 p.m. for this event. SB Zoo Members admitted until 3:00 p.m., tickets sold until 2:30 p.m.

May 04

Explorer Fundays: Cereal Box Butterflies

May 4 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

52 Weeks of Fun!

Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Stop and smell the flowers…your new butterfly friend will.

Explorer Fundays are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store.

Cost: free with Zoo admission 

Directions and Parking

The Zoo is located in Santa Barbara, CA, approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles, 25 minutes north of Ventura, and 40 miles south of Solvang.

Zoo parking is $11/vehicle (one free vehicle with SB Zoo Membership): however, on summer days and weekends the lot fills early. Auxiliary parking may be found outside the Zoo. We do not allow sports equipment, balloons, barbeques, skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, or pets in the Zoo. Barbeques, RV’s, and pets are not allowed in the Zoo parking lot.

Alternate Transportation

Take the $.50 Waterfront shuttle! Visit Santa Barbara’s MTD site for schedule. Amtrak also has a train station very close to the Zoo, see their website for more information. Also, for local transportation discounts, visit Santa Barbara Car Free.