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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1451
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I guess living in San Diego for many years you get spoiled with a world class zoo but with a large metropolitan city like LA you’d figured that they’d have a better facility (the Columbus Ohio zoo is better and it’s a much smaller city)....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bulldog92
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprise to find a very nice zoo. Lots of active animals to view, but nothing exceptional or special from other zoos we've been able to visit. The property is very hilly, so be sure to take...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jknechtly
LosAngelesZoo1966, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

While the animals seem to be well tended, the facility seems to be aged especially when compared to places such as the Bronx Zoo in NY or the San Diego Zoo. It is a fine place to spend several hours if you enjoy zoos. Some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barry R
LosAngelesZoo1966, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to review us. If you are interested in learning how the Zoo plans on updating in the future, please follow the link. www.lazoomasterplan.com

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at opening time 10 am on a Monday. Best time to go. Not many people there yet and after our lunch, it was perfect time to see the hippos eating. We got to see them feeding the chimpanzees. They throw vegetables and fruits...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MamaMia796
LosAngelesZoo1966, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for coming! It sounds like you had a great time.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The animals at this zoo are just adorable. I liked the monkeys and how playful they were. The flamingos are so pretty to look at. My daughter saw the zoo at night to see the light display. Her and her friend really liked it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ATJaweed
LosAngelesZoo1966, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting us!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice and beautiful place. Walk almost an hr around the zoo, saw a lot of animals from snake, tiger to hippo and many others animal. the parking and zoo areas was clean. plenty of restroom. foods are a little expensive. recommeded it.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sreng L
LosAngelesZoo1966, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for recommending us! We hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Get ready to walk a lot at this zoo and be tired as the entire zoo was built on the side of a mountain and nothing is flat to walk on. Half the animal pens are empty, staff is very unfriendly, very dirty and not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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LosAngelesZoo1966, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the Zoo.

Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

Booked tickets online via their site and had booking confirmation which was not honoured at the gate. We then had to buy tickets again for 4 people - not happy as the response from management was basically bad luck. Seeing animals is pretty upsetting with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kaz h
Reviewed January 9, 2019

Our family of 4 adults enjoyed our visit as we were able to see a selection of animals not native to our home country (Australia). Entry price is reasonable Access by public transport was disappointing We had to Uber from Hollywood. We always visit zoos...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lordy39
Reviewed January 7, 2019

We visited the Zoo at night too see the Christmas show and ir was beautiful, the really work to have everything in the perfect place, the light are amazing, we spent hours in there, the security people is not very friendly but the rest of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 30, 2018|
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Response from kalrings | Reviewed this property |
I believe so...We saw a handful of wheelchairs being used there. It should be ADA accessible but you might not choose to do the entire zoo in one day
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July 30, 2018|
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Response from 805lisag | Reviewed this property |
SD zoo is great I would say if you are coming over from England you should visit San Diego. Also look at the Beaches and San Juan Capistrano
July 12, 2018|
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Response from tshep42 | Reviewed this property |
It was just my wife and i and I believe we spent the better part of 4 hours there, including doing the hippo experience. I agree with Chloe that the paths are very zig-zaggy so it's hard to know if you saw everything, but I... More