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Santa Barbara Zoo now open for extended hours 3 days a week

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Santa Barbara Zoo

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Zoo is now inviting guests to spend their longer spring and summer days enjoying food, campfires and more at the park.

After Hours at the Zoo provides visitors with new offerings including Happy Hour, picnic dinners and roasting marshmallows over a campfire.

After Hours runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Guests can spend the extra hours riding the zoo train, buying food, including s'more kits, and enjoying beer and wine at the hilltop restaurant.

The zoo said while some animals will be asleep during these hours, many will still be out for guests to see and enjoy.

After Hours is free with Zoo admission or Zoo membership. Online reservations are required as well as masks for all guests over the age of two.

To make a reservation at the zoo, visit

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