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“Good- not Great- Family Attraction”

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #54 of 563 things to do in Los Angeles
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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 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
South Windsor, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good- not Great- Family Attraction”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

This was fairly large but not as large as the Bronx Zoo or as beautiful as the San Diego Zoo. Set on a hillside, it has a wide variety of interesting animals from across the world (a great many from Africa). The zoo also has food and gift shops, a picnic area carousel and a Safari Shuttle. Nice but a bit worn from heavy use.
At the present time the zoo is undergoing some renovations that will be completed later in 2012.

Visited February 2012
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Oregon City, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Suprisingly Nice”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

We were visiting some friends in the LA area and decided to visit the LA Zoo. I found it to be laid out very nicely. It was a cool and overcast day so the animals were very active. There were also quite a few "babies" which were very fun to watch. I really enjoyed the mama tiger interacting with her babies. The reptile exhibit was under construction and is due to open this spring. It looks like it will be a very nice exhibit even though I am not a big fan of reptiles. They are also working on a Rain Forest exhibit which looks like it will be quite impressive. If you like zoos I would highly recommend this as a place to visit.

Visited February 2012
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Bakersfield, California
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A smaller but very nice Zoo.”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Growing up going to the San Diego Zoo. I was pleasently surprised with the LA Zoo. Pretty good value. Great excercise. But beware. The entire Zoo sits on the side of a hill. Free parking if I remember correctly. But the food offered inside the park is AWFUL and VERY,VERY EXPENSIVE !!!!!!!!!

Visited September 2011
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A good local zoo”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

If you've been to the San Diego Zoo, you'll most likely be disappointed, but for the average zoo, it's very good. They've updated many of the animal areas and it's location in Griffith Park is great because you have so many other activities right there in the vicinity.

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L.A.
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Somethings Always Happening At The Zoo”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Boy has this place changed for the better. Parking is still free. Admission isn't unreasonable. The exhibitions are improved and as a zoo should be it is very child friendly. GO!

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