If you are looking for something exciting to do this spring/summer, then go to one of the local zoos in Southern California. It is a fun place to take kids or just go because you love zoos and animals. We go 3-4 times a year and anytime we are on vacation, we drop in on the locale zoo. Recently we were at the Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia PA. I highly recommend it and holds an important piece of our history as it was the first zoo in the United States. The zoo opened in 1874 with 813 animals. It now holds over 1300 species and subspecies. Next time you find yourself in PA, be sure to stop by the zoo.
Here are some local zoos for your entertainment in the Southern California area.
San Diego Zoo
Being the largest zoo of its kind in the state. They have a reputation to maintain a great zoo with countless animals living in their own habitat and they do this very well. They have a very rare Panda baby that you won't forget. The Gorilla area is something you will remember for a long time. If the parking lot if getting busy look for collage kids riding rickshaws. They will give you a ride to the front gate for a small fee. If you take the tour bus you will enjoy the park at its best. Then you can walk around the park looking for favorite animals you saw from the bus. 2920 Zoo Drive, (619) 234-3153
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Great and exotic wild life living their own habitat. You will see your favorite animal at its best sometimes up close and personal. Interstate 5 at Via Rancho Parkway Escondido (760) 747-8702
Santa Ana Zoo
This is small but fun zoo close to downtown Santa Ana. A lot of great animals live here. There is a great story about the number of Monkeys that must be in the zoo at all times.
Los Angeles Zoo
Griffith Park, Where the Ventura 134 & the Golden State 5 freeways meet. There's bird and animal shows every open day. A great place plus real fun for the kids and parents too. (323) 644-6400
Orange County Zoo
Located in Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange. The zoo feature animals native to the southwest US including black bears and mountain lions. (714) 633-2022.
Santa Barbara Zoo
From Interstate 101 take either Milpas Street or Hot Springs/Cabrillo Drive exits to Cabrillo Boulevard. Turn toward the mountains at Ninos Drive. This zoo is in a beautiful location. The weather is for the most part is wonderful. (805) 962-6310
Santa Ana Zoo
This is small but fun zoo close to downtown Santa Ana. A lot of great animals live here. There is a great story about the number of Monkeys that must be in the zoo at all times. 1801 East Chestnut Avenue (714) 835-7484
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