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Everything you need to know about visiting the Los Angeles Zoo (5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles CA 90027).
The Los Angeles Zoo continues to be a popular attraction in L.A. for tourists, Angelenos and families alike. It’s an affordable hidden gem, a lush oasis tucked into the hills of Griffith Park, featuring animals from around the world. It's a pretty popular place, but the zoo's size—133 acres, plus a huge parking lot—means that it rarely feels busy.
So many sights
The list of the zoo's highlights include Rainforest of the Americas, a riverbed to treetop trek; Elephants of Asia's large habitat and educational pathways; as well as the amphibian and reptile-filled (and thankfully air conditioned) LAIR. Spot some newborn critters just past the gift shops and go for a ride on the beautifully painted Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel. Elsewhere, a herd of flamingos flop and flutter in a pond close to the entrance, while a nearby meerkat stands guard over proceedings. Sea lions slither and swim, an Indian rhino carries herself with hilariously little grace, and a snoozy jaguar takes another nap. You'll also find over 800 different plant species, from native succulents to prehistoric cycads, labeled and catalogued throughout the zoo's lush, continentally-themed habitats.
Splurge on a Shuttle ride
It's worth bearing in mind that some of the larger animals may seek shady refuge from the extreme heat on warm summer days, and by no means will all of them be visible. Also, some of the animals are led inside from 4pm on. The grounds are much hillier and spread out than they appear on the map, so consider shelling out $4 for the Safari Shuttle.
More to do at the Zoo
In addition to its regular daily offerings, the Zoo boasts special programming that appeals to all ages, from kid-friendly events on holidays such as a reindeer petting zoo around Christmastime, to more adult-friendly events like Brew at the Zoo and affairs for the entire family like Zoo Lights, during which the grounds are lit up with twinkly, interactive LED lights.
Our Los Angeles editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of L.A. at your fingertips. Los Angeles Zoo was most recently updated with new tips on June 1, 2017.
5333 Zoo Dr
|Price:||$18; $3-$5 discounts; free under-2s; parking free|
|Opening hours:||10am-5pm daily. Last entry 1hr before closing.|
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