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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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  • Alanna L.
    "New elephant exhibit is terrific."(6 Tips)
    Paris E.
    "Great to get close to the giraffes and chimpanzees."(5 Tips)
    Steven D.
    "lazy animals at a zoo"(2 Tips)
    Michael K.
    "Clean zoo."(2 Tips)
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  • Forrest
    ForrestJuly 14
    Make sure to remember your sunscreen! The grift shop charges an arm and a leg for it.
  • Reem H.
    It's good , but I have seen better zoos. The San Diego zoo worth the visit instead
  • Jeremy A.
    Every animal you could want to see in a major zoo. You can bring anything you want that fits in a backpack I.e. Save your money and pack a picnic!
  • Brandon H.
    Keep an eye out for the friendly and knowledgeable docents! Muriel was the best
  • Michael K.
    Clean zoo. Fun place to bring the kids.
  • Paris E.
    Paris EllisFebruary 25
    Great to get close to the giraffes and chimpanzees. Beautiful grounds also.
  • Lucinda U.
    Lucinda UwateJanuary 29
    Awesome day at the zoo.
  • Maribel P.
    Maribel PrcinaNovember 29, 2016
    My little bumblebees
  • Bob G.
    Bob GalloNovember 22, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Time to Feed The Giraffes!!
  • Bình H.
    Bình HàOctober 11, 2016
    Zoo and Botanical garden? Just the animals. The harbor seals are supper cute though. Make sure to check the maned wolves, such magical forms. Snow leopards are actively posing, live up to its name.
  • Ellen G.
    Ellen GoettschOctober 7, 2016
    The reptile houses
  • Marty G.
    Marty GootelSeptember 27, 2016
    I finally got to see the Dinosaur exhibition and loved it. Also there was hardly any people.
  • Alharith A.
    Alharith AloufiJuly 28, 2016
    Enormous zoo
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDJuly 16, 2016
    Great couple of hours out with the kids
  • Steven M.
    Steven MemelMay 8, 2016
    Mothers Day and mommas and Babies at the zoo! Much fun!! (Plus the Dino exhibit where kids can actually control a dinosaur!!)
  • Erika R.
    Erika RobbinsApril 10, 2016
    A nice place to spend a day in LA. Lots of animals; lions, tigers, AND bears!
  • Maribel P.
    Maribel PrcinaApril 7, 2016
    Great place for kids fun
  • Robin R.
    Robin RodriguezMarch 27, 2016
    Love coming here on Easter but you have to be here as soon as they open because it gets crowded. We leave after eat lunch watching the monkey's. :-)
  • Mario G.
    Mario GonzalezMarch 21, 2016
    Had a great time with my family
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataFebruary 21, 2016
    Don't visit the zoo when it just opened except if you're gonna be there for a while. It's a good collection of Animals but the place isn't as great
  • Jaquie S.
    Jaquie SosaJanuary 25, 2016
    The botanical gardens are okay but the animals seem kind of stressed because of the few space that they have... Make sure you put on solar screen. Here's a picture of a baby duiker and durunuk.
  • Noricorn 1.
    Noricorn 123December 12, 2015
    Holiday lights
  • Noricorn 1.
    Noricorn 123December 12, 2015
    The Christmas light show is so cute and great for the family or date night 😍🙂💚
  • Ohood A.
    Ohood AlyousefDecember 11, 2015
    I enjoy it with my husband it's lovely place ❤️
  • Ohood A.
    Ohood AlyousefDecember 11, 2015
    I enjoy it with my husband it's so good
  • Efrosini-Maria F.
    Efrosini-Maria FergadisDecember 10, 2015
    Great place to see the animals
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawDecember 6, 2015
    Come for the Christmas light show!
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle Arnaiz-Dela RosaNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice clean zoo. It's a nice place to spend the day with the kids. Though, don't go when is extremely hot. You have to walk a lot and it's horrible when it's extremely hot. The zoo is quite big.
  • Faris A.
    Faris AltorkiSeptember 14, 2015
    We liked it and it worth the visit, but unfortunately it was an extremely hot summer day and most of the animals where inside their caves :(
  • Abby F.
    Abby FinkelSeptember 6, 2015
    Giraffes were awesome
  • Pacific C.
    Pacific CoachwaysJuly 9, 2015
    Our groups love going to the LA Zoo. Great for field trips and summer camps.
  • Nabil B.
    Nabil BazzariApril 20, 2015
    Nice zoo. Lots of fun. Nice day out
  • Jenny V M.
    Jenny V Martinez RMarch 19, 2015
    The animals in excellent conditions
  • Nina G.
    Nina GonzalezMarch 9, 2015
    Amazing. We took lunch and had a nice little picnic.
  • INDIA M.
    INDIA M.March 5, 2015
    This place is so fun it's amazing but it's very hot and dangerous DONT PLAY ON THE BAMBOO.( I broke my arm )
  • Shanna S.
    Shanna ScottJanuary 16, 2015
    Get in at least 3 hours prior to closing. They put the larger animals in an hour before closing.
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RickmonJanuary 10, 2015
    The staff at the #LaZoo is so professional. This visit was so educational but fun! Kudos for hiring a knowledgeable staff.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥December 31, 2014
    Get here by 10 before the crowd
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooDecember 21, 2014
    LA Zoo Lights
  • Philip T.
    Philip TamDecember 19, 2014
    It's the LA Zoo. Look for some of their events!
  • Anwar E.
    Anwar El ChamaaDecember 8, 2014
    Nice to be here.. But most of the animals are sleeping
  • Philip T.
    Philip TamDecember 8, 2014
    Gets pretty cold at night and definitely smells like a zoo. Much larger than you'd expect though, so be prepared to walk!
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LongshoreNovember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Come see the baby hippo!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerNovember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Go during the middle of the week and you will have the place to yourself
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerNovember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to wander around and get some quiet time.
  • DeeMagicGurl
    DeeMagicGurlOctober 26, 2014
    Drinks lots of water! Great walk and it's beautiful :)
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonAugust 24, 2014
    Free parking! Beer carts! Almonds!
  • Chad M.
    Chad MillerAugust 23, 2014
    During the summer, KCRW presents Roaring Nights. No children allowed means an adult-only night in the park with your favorite food trucks, alcoholic beverages, and things that go bump in the night.
  • Jam F.
    Jam FlorAugust 12, 2014
    This $42 million exhibit complex at the center of the zoo opened in 2010 and houses Asian elephants wildlife.LA Zoo is a 133-acre (54 ha) zoo founded in 1966 City of Los Angeles owns the entire zoo,
  • Nick T.
    Nick ThompsonAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for families! My daughter loves the zoo!
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TerryAugust 11, 2014
    Reptile Lair and the primate sections are my favorite.
  • Willie Z.
    Willie ZeaAugust 6, 2014
    I am always amazed at how wonderful this place is!!
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensJanuary 17, 2014
    The beer and wine really help take the edge off the screaming children
  • Desirea C.
    Desirea CrawfordOctober 20, 2013
    Dirty ugly place with sad excuses for animal habitats.
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AispuroOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Best place to bring kids, get some outdoor exercise or have a stroll with a beer in hand. Yearly membership beats any gym or kids place fees.
  • R W.
    R WilliamsAugust 25, 2013
    If short on time or want to avoid a lot of hot walking Take shuttle for $2 a head to back of zoo and walk down to entrance. First shuttle stop/start is just past marketplaces 200 yards past entrance.
  • Diana A.
    Diana AAugust 6, 2013
    This place seemed amazing from the enormous entrance sign but what a disappointment. We walked endlessly and didn't see much. Sign out front: beware of bees is true they are everywhere & will attack.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CJune 27, 2013
    Worst zoo experience I ever had. Most of the exhibits were closed. Other exhibits were not laid out in a manner to where you could see the animals (I.e. tall grass and inclines)
  • Sunflowergrl A.
    Today was the fundraiser. Therefore no vendors,food place closed, and guess what? There was 3 elephants and a hippo. Pretty sad now that a fundraiser is happening do we actually get to see the animals
  • Dawnmarie F.
    Dawnmarie F.March 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Go when they first open. It's cooler and less crowded.
  • LA Home & Style
    LA Home & StyleMarch 11, 2013
    Zoo's exhibit are simply amazing plus try their churros stand.
  • Erika R.
    Erika RMarch 9, 2013
    Whoever said parking sucks is entirely incorrect... FREE parking (yes, free parking in LA) and a huge lot. Also the beer is only $5 (domestic) $6 (imported!) Reasonably priced food too! Or BYO picnic!
  • Christian B.
    Christian BlueMarch 3, 2013
    Get a membership. Well worth it
  • Chad D.
    Chad DiamondFebruary 23, 2013
    Buy tickets online the line is busy
  • Gigi H.
    Gigi HortonOctober 27, 2012
    Rhino is called Rhonda and if you call her name you can see her ears twitch.
  • Daytrippen.com
    Daytrippen.comAugust 24, 2012
    Be at the gate when the zoo opens. Head to the back of the zoo and work your way forward. Try to see everything by noon and then head out as the mass of visitors comes pouring through the entrance.
  • Carrie P.
    Carrie PashAugust 16, 2012
    They have a serious bee/trash problem- it's a health hazard. Not impressed and won't be back.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KateJuly 3, 2012
    Sit on a bench with an ice cream and watch all the dirty looks you get from kids in strollers
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel H.June 3, 2012
    Filthy, neglected and ill-maintained. Disappointing.
  • Gopal V.
    Gopal VenkatesanMay 27, 2012
    Parking on weekends is a pain in the ass!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BonaMay 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't feed the animals!
  • Erin A.
    Erin AlvarezMay 6, 2012
    Buy tix in advance online coz the line is Long. Ps parking sux
  • Alexis
    AlexisApril 23, 2012
    The LAIR is the newest exhibit at the zoo and well worth visiting!
  • Leilani B.
    Leilani BanksApril 16, 2012
    Go early so you can catch the animals before it gets too warm. They'll likely be more active!
  • Farrah M.
    Farrah MaglinteMarch 12, 2012
    Go during a weekday, parking is horrendous on weekends.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BrownMarch 10, 2012
    "LAIR" = overhyped (but the kiddies love it)
  • Steven D.
    Steven DavisMarch 4, 2012
    I've never seen lazy animals at a zoo until I've come here lol but still enjoyed
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Annual zoo membership is one of the best deals for families in L.A.!
  • Alexis V.
    Alexis VillanuevaFebruary 25, 2012
    Food is pricy, buy the collector cup it's worth it. You can get free refills at the big stand if no one sees you. LOL. I should know, I work here haha
  • Amy J.
    Amy JohnsonJanuary 28, 2012
    Walking the zoo is great exercise
  • CelebN M.
    CelebN MusicJanuary 19, 2012
    love the zoo great place to get away from the craziness
  • CoreyTess 🐱🐱 T.
    Wear comfortable shoes. Buy tickets in advance. Look online to see what events are happening on the day you intend to visit.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MDecember 18, 2011
    Get the year pass. Totally worth it if you can come a few times a year.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SimardNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food at the zoo isn't great. If you're hungry head across the street to the Autry Museum. There's a bigger selection and healthier options.
  • Kat M.
    Kat MeredithNovember 5, 2011
    New carousel is open at tree tops. Very cool!
  • Brad V.
    Brad V.September 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Why isn't there any shade at the zoo? On sunny, hot days, walking around on the hot concrete is brutal!
  • Yoplait
    YoplaitSeptember 6, 2011
    Check out the 6-acre Pachyderm Forest elephant habitat to see these amazingly strong animals. Did you know they can lift as much as 130 humans?
  • Nicholas d.
    Nicholas de WolffAugust 30, 2011
    Go early in the day and, if you have young kids, start at the petting zoo, while the animals are wakeful.
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LAugust 28, 2011
    It's always hot and uphill every way you go...but the elephants look nice!
  • amber c.
    amber cerdaJuly 24, 2011
    Buy a membership if you plan on coming back! Saved money and was able to buy the kids a souvenir!
  • Bonnie S.
    Bonnie SayersJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The two ocelots are worth checking out before kids area and to the left area from Giraffes are the servals - good that they now have a male and female to keep each other company
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 1, 2011
    Did you know? Opened in 1966, this was actually LA’s fourth zoo. Its first, Eastlake Zoo, opened in 1885 in East Los Angeles Park. Griffith Park Zoo opened in 1912, a few miles from the current zoo Read more
  • Jason C.
    Jason CleanthesApril 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Parking is free, and the zoo is awesome... Great place on a day like today....
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrandApril 16, 2011
    If you take Alma to the elephants she will smile and giggle.
  • PrincessOnTheGo.com
    PrincessOnTheGo.comMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to spend the day with the kids!
  • Dallon
    DallonMarch 5, 2011
    Parking is horrible. Stalking is th only way to get a spot xP
  • Christine A.
    Christine AMarch 4, 2011
    Get a filled churro at the Churro Factory!
  • Zac M.
    Zac MoranFebruary 2, 2011
    The hippos name is Jabba
  • chris s.
    chris sonnenburgJanuary 15, 2011
    Great for birthday parties!
  • Alanna L.
    Alanna LewistonDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    New elephant exhibit is terrific. Located next to the giraffes.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RamirezDecember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun place to take a date :)
  • Geoff
    GeoffDecember 10, 2010
    lazy animals and i didnt see any real action. but a nice place to pass time.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MurtishawSeptember 2, 2010
    Anyone know what happened to the rhino?
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DelmarAugust 1, 2010
    Don't miss the Winnick's Family Children Zoo area, not just a petting zoo! Lots of fun. A nursery, a cave to explore, more animals!
  • Angie G.
    Angie GuerraJuly 9, 2010
    ..on making it down to the shops if you want souvenirs.
  • Angie G.
    Angie GuerraJuly 9, 2010
    On weekends, gift shops & merchandise carts in the zoo all close by 5p, the International Marketplace shops close @ 5:30p. During the week, the Int'l Marketplace shops close *promptly* at 5p, so plan
  • Steve R.
    Steve RamirezJune 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try and get to the Zoo in the morning when they open. The animals are not very active in the afternoon when it warms up.
  • Staci W.
    Staci Walters-YoungJune 13, 2010
    All the animals are lazy
  • paul u.
    paul uptonJune 1, 2010
    Get here at 10 when thy open.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 1, 2010
    The original LA zoo opened in 1912 about two miles north of this location until it opened here in 1966. This location originally contained housing for veterans returning from WWII until the mid-1950s
  • Jared G.
    Jared GuentherMarch 21, 2010
    Watch the gorillas play at the gorilla preserve
  • DP B.
    DP BatesFebruary 6, 2010
    Go after the rain and have the zoo to yourself
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromNovember 21, 2009
    Chimps get pretty wild and crazy around lunch feed time. Playground is good picnic spot. Bring your own snacks, concessions are nothing to Woot about.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PetersMarch 23, 2009
    It's a great zoo, and a nice, cheap way to spend a nice afternoon. Bring your walking shoes, though.
  • Lau U.
    Lau UMarch 21
    Bastante grande, buena opción para sábado pero llega temprano así evitas colas. Compra boletos online, es mejor. Los gorilas mis favoritos.
  • sergio g.
    sergio guzmanJune 20, 2015
    Es un plan familiar. Pero muchas exibiciones los animales están tristes y aburridos. Recordando que no están cómodos. pocas opciones de comida
  • Anna T.
    Anna TerentievaJanuary 21, 2015
    Три часа, чтобы обойти все вольеры в достаточно быстром темпе. Интересно, что животных держат в основном "семьями". Красивые площадки, ухоженные животные.
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroDecember 29, 2014
    O zoo é gigante e bacana, mas o calor é de matar!!!
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