Explore the Wildlife of Santa Barbara

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Looking to be one with nature this summer? Then visit Santa Barbara and experience its wildlife offerings. This summer, explore exotic animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo or relax among the plant life at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.


Santa Barbara Zoo  

What better place to explore wildlife than at the Santa Barbara Zoo? The zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects, with more than 500 animals exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. Visitors can explore the zoo any day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with admission ranging from $10 – $18. Along with its many exhibits, the Santa Barbara Zoo also hosts many workshops and special events. The annual Zoo Brew event is back this June 2 from 3-6 p.m. with tastings from over 30 breweries. General Admission tickets are sold out, but VIP tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Overall, the Santa Barbara Zoo works hard to support the local community while also showcasing some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife!


Hotel Near Santa Barbara Zoo

While you plan your exploration of the Santa Barbara Zoo, book your stay at the Inn at East Beach. This beautiful boutique property is located right near the zoo and offers an outdoor pool, stylish furniture and on-site bike rentals. At Inn at East Beach, you will stay well- and well within your budget!


Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens   

The Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens takes up an entire block of Santa Barbara and includes over 75 different tree and plant species. You can explore the park’s vast botanical collection with the help of the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Self-Guided Tree & Plant Tour. This guide not only describes the different foliage, but also labels the plants’ and trees’ locations on a detailed map! In Alice Keck Park you’ll also find a koi pond, low water use demonstration garden, walking paths, picnic areas, Gazebo and a sensory garden. As the newest addition to the park, the sensory garden is perfect for visually or physically impaired visitors. The garden features audio posts and signs with Braille, along with a variety of scents, sounds and textured plants.


Hotel Near Alice Keck Park   

If you plan on spending time at the Alice Keck Memorial Gardens, then consider staying at the Spanish Garden Inn. With its fresh foliage and bright art, you’ll feel as if you never left the park! The Spanish Garden Inn is located just 3 minutes from Alice Keck Park, with many local restaurants and theaters along the way.


Whether you prefer a more controlled wildlife experience at the Santa Barbara Zoo, or the raw nature of Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara offers something for everyone. No matter where you explore, don’t forget to book a place to stay! The Inn at East Beach and the Spanish Garden Inn are great options.



Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546

Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700