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Monterey Zoo

#5 of 30 things to do in Salinas Features Animals
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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Fun trip to take. It was a very cool experience and would recommend to others to go. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
Rene A
via mobile

My husband and I took our 15 and 13 year old kids to the zoo for the tour. It lasted about an hour... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2016
Linda L
Sacramento, CA
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Monterey Zoo and see a collection of over 100 animals as this zoo is fast becoming a premier Monterey Attraction. Currently under construction but still open daily for all to see the progress and hopefully help support this special effort to improve the quality of life for the animals and the community that enjoys them.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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“b b” (9 reviews)
“big cats” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 14:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Fun trip to take. It was a very cool experience and would recommend to others to go. Lots of animals and they are really trying to do what's best for each animal.

Thank Rene A
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took our 15 and 13 year old kids to the zoo for the tour. It lasted about an hour including the extra time for feeding the elephants (small fee). Our tour guide was friendly and informative and we were all impressed...More

2  Thank Linda L
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Monterey Zoo has some good animals and some well-meaning staff. But my wife and I were left with a sour taste in our mouths by the constant talk of animal welfare being at the centre of everything they do when 90% of the enclosures are...More

9  Thank LDN_2009
FromOurManagement, Owner at Monterey Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

It is not often that I (respectfully) respond to such criticism with as much vigor and disappointment as I do with this review but I am becoming increasingly disappointed by those who attack the very efforts being made to right the wrongs they do nothing...More

Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Safari B & B with breakfast delivery by the elephants is not to be missed! We loved the raised tents, visit time with the animals and sounds of the lion in the night.

2  Thank FYoung06
Reviewed 19 July 2016

awesome for kids got to feed the elephants.. Pretty sure they have a tour at 1pm everyday. New tiger exhibit well worth a visit

Thank ccoop24u
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Charlie and his staff at Wild Things work miracles with their rescued animals. The elephants are healthy and happy with incredible accommodations. The big cats are more confined, but the attention they receive and loving kindness their tenders give makes all the difference. They are...More

1  Thank Peter L
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is not actually a kind of zoo one would expect but a place of retirement for animals who were performers or no place to go. It is a not profit organization who are trying to provide a home for these animals. It's good to...More

3  Thank Maria2628
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We had the best time here. There are a lot of animals and much to learn. We bought the VIP package and it was worth every penny. We had a more private tour got to wash Paula the Elephant (Elephants are really big when you...More

Thank Bob N
Reviewed 25 June 2016

My husband and I stayed the B&B and loved our time. The bungalows look like something you would see on an African Safari. We stayed in the Giraffe house and loved having a "ring side" view of the outdoor enclosure from our deck. The Ostrich...More

Thank Myflowergirls2
Reviewed 6 June 2016

As a zoo, this place was a little weak. You can't walk around on your own. You can only go inside on a guided tour. They probably have fewer animals than you would expect, and the cages were pretty small. However, they seem to be...More

Thank Jim_and_Barbie
FromOurManagement, Owner at Monterey Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2016

Although we regret that the low review score affected our overall rating which in turn makes it difficult for us to reach our goals, we appreciate this individuals awareness of our efforts to bring Monterey Zoo to it's full and completed future as funding and...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are you open if it is raining?
13 April 2017|
Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
We are although some exhibits and activities might be closed for the health and safety of the animals. It's all dependent upon how bad the weather is but we generally stop open rain or shine.
How far is it from Monterey? Is there public transportation or do you need a cab or Uber😄
5 August 2016|
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Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
Uber or a cab is in fact currently the best choices at this point. We hope our future will include transportation to and from Monterey and our zoo.
What does a tour cost?
21 February 2015|
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Response from KRANDCO | Reviewed this property |
A general tour of the zoo portion is included with your stay. There are a variety of other tours and activities (feedings, putting the elephants to bed etc.) that are extra. Check out their web site as all of the activities... More