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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tiny Otter Time

Tiny Otter Time

The Santa Barbara Zoo is proud of its newest pups. Read »

Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew

"Special animal encounters" are promised for this foamy-fun day out. Read »

Monday, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

El Día del Niño

El Día del Niño

It's a festive day at the Santa Barbara Zoo; the Monterey Bay Aquarium is celebrating as well. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sledding and Snow Leopards

Sledding and Snow Leopards

The Santa Barbara Zoo has an icy, animal-y fun day on. Read »

Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Otter Pups Debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

Otter Pups Debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

The Asian Small-Clawed Otter Pups are just eight weeks old. Read »

Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Boo at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Boo at the Santa Barbara Zoo

A train ride after dark, sweets, and the chance to show in costume. Good times. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.