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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
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Ranked #103 of 390 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: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
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Burbank, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

During the past 30 years the LA zoo has had numerous changes and improvements. I always enjoy visiting the primates, especially the gorillas and my favorites, the chimps. I would prefer to see these animals in their natural environment, but you can see the staff and management are trying their best to make the animals comfortable. We have a family... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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87 reviews 87 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We went on Saturday, and it was a very hot day. We arrived at 10 AM. Handicapped parking was close and available. No lines to wait in for tickets. There was a bit of a wait for a scooter to be brought down to us. We were in a group of ten from ages 1 year to 72 years. There... More

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Yucca Valley, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We had planned on this trip for sometime even thou it was a scorcher 109 in la with humidity. Miserable day , couldn,t get cool. They had lots of cooling stations but it was still miserable. For sure get a tram pass for the day makes it easier to see the zoo and you can hop on and hop off... More

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Ontario, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Please do not make the same mistake as we did by going to the zoo on an extremely hot day. Animals are just as hot as you are and trying to hide in the shade. It was difficult to see a lot of the animals for this reason.

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Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

When we went most of the animals were hiding.. Not worth it.. It was nothing special. I am not a huge fan of animals but I had hoped for it to be better.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I visited the Los Angeles Zoo in August 2014. I chose to visit on a fairly warm and humid late morning and, unfortunately, had to leave only seeing half of the exhibits due to the sweltering heat. Of course, since the zoo can't control the weather, I'm not faulting the zoo at all for this but it is important to... More

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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

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

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
21 helpful votes 21 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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