Our family has fallen in love with the Santa Barbara Zoo. Olive has been twice in the last two weeks and we just got a membership to ensure we can enjoy it year-round! The SB Zoo is a smaller zoo but is the perfect size for little ones. The grounds are lush and park-like, and absolutely beautiful. You can tell the property is well-maintained and in fact, it is a pretty popular venue for weddings!
They have a great variety of animals on display including giraffes, lions, gorillas, elephants and Olive’s favorite: penguins! I love the cheery pink flamingos and the otters. 🙂 They also have a charming little train (which, granted, is pretty expensive for a ride around the property) that is worth checking out.
Here are some photos from our two recent trips (the first with me, and the second with Erik and his parents — Olive’s grandparents). The photos are mixed together, hence the two different outfits.
Serene and lovely grounds
Matilija poppies are some of my favorite native Californian flowers. They look like big sunny-side-up eggs!
This photo cracks me up, considering we are creationists. Just couldn’t resist her expression here!
In line to feed the giraffe, Michael!
Love this pic of Olive with her Grandma Del (Erik’s mom!). Picture perfect!
Next to the train that Olive kept calling Thomas 🙂
Leading the way!
Tip: A sweet friend let me in on the fabulous reciprocal zoo membership program. There are lots of zoos nationwide that offer reciprocal entry to their facilities when you hold membership with one of them. The SB Zoo has a family membership of $90/annually (great price) but I found that the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero has an equivalent membership of $60/annually, and it has the SB Zoo on its list of reciprocal facilities! Yay for saving $30! I actually haven’t been to the Charles Paddock Zoo yet, but I look forward to checking it out. For my southern Californians, the Santa Ana Zoo is on the list (free) and the LA Zoo is 50% off.
Hope you all are having a great Monday! I’m recharging after a fabulous wedding weekend (congrats J&C!!!) and am preparing for the next beautiful event around the corner. Today I was in Paso Robles for a site visit and the gorgeous drive through wine country really rejuvenated me. I am so blessed to live here and do what I do. Grateful. 🙂