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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
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Ranked #105 of 391 attractions in Los Angeles
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Type: Zoos, Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles... more » Owner description: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants. « less
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Doha, Qatar
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

we really enjoy it , but i think it should be much better since it's in LA and it's a big city i prefer SEAWORLD San diego

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed taking my grandson to LA Zoo. The weather was ideal and many of the animals were out. My grandson was disappointed that the gorillas were not as active, as they are his favorite animals. The zoo was very clean and well-kept for the most part. I would like to take my other grandchildren to the LA zoo when... More

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Adana, Turkey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We went to zoo late in the afternoon. It was about to close we did not have time to see all animals. Most of the animals were sleeping. There is not a chance to go by golf car it is only half way. There are many betters things to do in LA if your children are not very small :(((

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

The zoo is easy to reach, an advantage to out of towners like us. Parking is free--hooray! Buy tickets online and waltz right in. That's nice. I loved the volunteers--many of them young people. They were upbeat and cheerful on a hot day. One showed our 5 year olds an elephant hair and had them compare it to their own... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Was a very fun day out. The annual passes are a great deal ( if i remember correctly only double or triple the daily fee). The entrance has Jurassic Park style gates that make you wonder if dinosaurs are inside as well :-). Great day out. Be prepared to walk alot though. The carts that pick you up and drop... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We went early so that we could catch all the animals before they had their afternoon naps and we managed to see all the animals except the Tiger. If you can, take the shuttle to get from point A to B, it's well worth the money, especially if you have young kids who don't want to walk the whole zoo.

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los angeles
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173 reviews 173 reviews
96 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went to the Zoo on a Tuesday morning so there were less visitors and to try and beat the heat. It was about 95 when we left at 2PM. I was reading some past reviews and noticing that maybe people are just expecting WAY too much. To begin with, parking is free! Let me tell you something- that's not... More

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los angeles, ca
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our kids (3 yr. old and 18 month old) were old enough to enjoy and recognize animals so we thought of bringing them to the zoo. It was a first time for all of us to visit the LA Zoo. The zoo has all the animals that you would expect to find in one. The exhibits and cages were big... More

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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

As far as zoos go, the LA Zoo is about average, with sections of dated enclosures with limited information and impressive newer enclosures. The overall size is not too overwhelming and the landscaping provides nice amounts of shade throughout the zoo. The tigers they have are young brothers and were in a very playful mood the day I visited. They... More

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Los Angeles
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Took our son, 3 years old, to the Zoo. It was a weekday morning, right at 10am opening. Minimal wait to get in. Went straight to the children's petting zoo area. Our boy had his choice of goats or sheep to pet. Next stop was to visit the larger animals. Even though there were lots of busloads of kids, it... More

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