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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, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
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Palm Springs, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Fun for a few hours, not the best zoo I've seen and not the worst. The animals seemed happy enough, so that's a plus.

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Georgia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
38 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my day at this zoo. I didn't expect to since I have been to so many zoos and hadn't heard anything great about this one. It was nice though. The lion had a sad look, but he was majestic at the same time. Another big cat- Maybe a jaguar paced the entire time like he was furious. I... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

The LA Zoo is a great place to visit with kids if you're a local or a visitor. The exhibits are large and extensive, the variety of animals is outstanding and the grounds are beautiful. Buy food or pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area. The Zoo is easy to reach and easily accessible from anywhere in LA.

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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

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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88 reviews 88 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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