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“Small, but not bad for inner city zoo”
Review of Orange County Zoo

Orange County Zoo
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Orange
Certificate of Excellence
Taipei, Taiwan
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4 reviews
“Small, but not bad for inner city zoo”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

For a inner city zoo, it's not bad but just a bit small. It's worth a short trip but not for zoo lovers though.... Kids wanted more so this didn't satisfy their craving to see animals.

Visited August 2012
Thank Wilson W
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New York
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice little zoo”
Reviewed July 15, 2012 via mobile

While visiting in the area came upon tickets to the OC Zoo. It is perfect for a short visit with young children. There isn't that much here, the highlight is the enclosed area in which the kids (and adults) get to brush the goats. It was a nice morning activity.

1 Thank Saralpo
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Big Lake, Minnesota
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must do for nature lovers!”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

We visited this zoo after we did the trail rides next door (highly recommend!) when we were visiting from MN. It was the nicest small, local zoo I have been to. I loved that everything there was native to the area. It was an excellent snapshot of the local wildlife. We had a great time in the goat section where they had grooming brushes so you could brush them instead of them just begging for food. Very sweet! I would love to go there again if I'm in the area & for $2 it's a bargain.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Toni K
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Costa Mesa, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“All Southern California kids need to visit this zoo!”
Reviewed October 23, 2011

I love this zoo. All of the animals are ones that are native to the Southwest. The landscaping is all native plants to our Southern California climate. Most of the animals are ones that have been rescued and would be unable to survive in the wild. When we were at the zoo it was decorated for Halloween in most appropriate "zoo-like" manner with lots of big spiders and skeleton bones all draped with spider webs. We also happen to attend one of the "talks" when they were feeding the bob-cats, very informative and kid friendly, The zoo is very easy to manage as it is on a flat surface and does not cover a huge area. This is a not to be missed inexpensive Southern California attraction.

Visited October 2011
2 Thank SandyH931
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United States
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74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“If you love bears . . .”
Reviewed August 9, 2009

It's a tiny zoo, inside of Irvine Park and only costs two dollars to visit. If you want to see some big California black bears, this zoo has really poured the money into their display, with beautiful trees, a good area of land and a large waterfall.
You can pet the goats. It is free to enter their enclosure. I really liked them. They are so friendly and have such pretty, interesting eyes. The woman in charge told me they have different personalities and she even knew who the mother was, and which ones were her grown children.
If you love indigenous trees and plants, each main display has various California species, with information about its whereabouts. It was quite hot on an August day when I visited but they provide an unusual amount of shade. There also seems to be a focus on the small group of islands that are part of California, with a fox from one of those islands.

1 Thank Forgottensage
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