Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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- 68%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 60%Adventure Travelers
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- Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical GardensMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Nov 06, 2013
If you have any animal lovers in your family, don't miss the Los Angeles Zoo. Located in Griffith Park, this 33-acre park is full of highlights such as the Gorilla Reserve and the LAIR - Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles - exhibit.Recommended for:
- Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical GardensFirst to ReviewOct 17, 2013
As far as zoo's go....this one isn't as depressing. The animals look like they're given a decent amount of space, and you can certainly learn a lot between all the shows and informational tours provided. I saw a very impressive bird show, where falcons and parrots swooped above the crowd and a crow "showed us how to recycle." I would not recommend going in the summer though, as the heat can be oppressive and the bees come out in full force.Recommended for:
- Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical GardensSep 13, 2013
This is a clean zoo. They're under construction in some areas, but it didn't stop me from enjoying all the animals I saw.
It was a bit distracting to hear the ping of the golf balls being hit in the driving range behind the zoo.
The food here is pricey and just overall not really a good choice for the health conscience. I recommend bringing your own snack and water.
This is just a nice way to spend the day with the kids.Recommended for:
- Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical GardensMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Jul 05, 2012
Well the LA Zoo is IMHO the 3rd best zoo in So Cal. Then again if there was another major zoo in So Cal then this would likely rank 4th on the list!
The first two are obvious I think, the SD Zoo and the SD Zoo Wild Animal Park.
Well The LA Zoo has some interesting things and the price is right for sure. At the gate or online:
Adults - $16
Seniors - $13
Children - $11
PRO TIP #1: I can't more highly suggest that you buy your tix online and avoid the line. It WILL save you 30-60 minutes alone.
Well the parking here is free and not that far from the gate either. So make sure you have your hiking/walking shoes on as its never ending around the whole park.
There is an aquarium just inside the gate with a sea lion, well worth stopping for as my munchkin just stopped and stared for 10 minutes at least... She especially loved it swimming upside down. Right after that we got to see the alligator and meerkats!
So we then went down to the tram booth and got tram tickets allowing both of us to ride around the perimeter of the park all day for $6. Not that bad of a deal. The munchkin and I started off next to the Rhino/Bear area and then proceeded to the tigers, monkeys, elephants (which weren't out and about) very disappointing there for sure, then on to the Giraffes, Apes, Birds, and a few more types of monkeys. We followed that up with a trip to see the jaguar, a bunch of birds, some Yak like looken creature or two (one may have been a super hairy short snouted anteater, lol). We then hopped back onto the tram and ended up with the kimono dragon, followed up by the wallaby's and koala bear.
PRO TIP #2: Buy your tickets in conjunction with tickets for the Aquarium of the Pacific and save 20% off of the combined ticket price.
Mix in a couple of trips to the playground (yeah they have one), stopping for shaved ice (read snow cone not really shaved ice), and a burger break per the munchkins request at the Mahale Café. I will have a separate review for it as well.
Overall the zoo was very disappointing to me. They had only one of each animal that we say for the most part. When you go to the zoo, you anticipate seeing 2-3 of everything but over half of the animals that I named, they only had one of each =( I think these creatures must be very very sad. No one to play with or just hangout with.
PRO TIP #3: Bring a cooler with drinks, grub, etc. you can bring any food water etc you want in. Otherwise you will pay $4.25 for a liter bottle of water...
A lot of the features of the zoo were outdated and needed the little things taken care of. A fresh coat of paint, a sunshade, upgraded plexiglass, new tram roof's/pull vehicles, etc. This whole place is seeking to separate you from your cash, and they cant keep the basics up. Its very disappointing.
PRO TIP #4: Wear a hat and bring sunscreen, this is super important!
Overall my daughter would rate it as a 5 star since she was in love with all of the animals. I give it a 2 weighing in what a Zoo could and should be. I have been to about 10 Zoos and honestly the LA zoo is no better than third from the bottom, at best.
It is however worth the trip for your kid to see a lot of exotic creatures very cheap. I know that I will be back, most likely again this year.