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Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

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Address: 1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701-5001
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+1 714-835-7484
10:00 - 16:00
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Great Little Zoo

This is a great little Zoo, Enough to see to be interesting, but not so much that the kids or adults got board. Great stop for several hours.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We used to go here every weekend because it is such a beautiful place to wander around. Little ones can ride the train, an animal-themed merry-go-round and an elephant! And this is all in the city. It was a little hard to find this place but so worth finding and visiting. And be prepared to buy an annual pass because... More 

Thank TravelMom108
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We love a good zoo but this one sadly is quite faded. No clear signs to show you how to navigate, enclosures that are half empty, and when full have very little diversity. It needs a makeover and more animals of greater variety. Badly.

Thank Jim M
Santa Ana, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything about this zoo is great! Well kept, animals look happy and it's a great price to get in. Worth to buy the yearly pass.

Thank Juanita G
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Ana Zoo is a small zoo but has a lot of Monkeys. While it is small, we had season passes for a couple of years because the little ones love the train and carousel and also the little play park they have inside. It doesn't take long to get around the zoo but the kids have fun running... More 

Thank fortino
Fullerton, California
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice enough little zoo, and it's very popular with families. It's easy to see why...it's kid-sized and most enclosures are fairly small so the animals are easy to see. The foundation of the zoo is its extensive monkey collection and they can be a lot of noisy fun. The rest of the zoo is a mix of... More 

Thank venckman2017
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153 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great little Zoo, Enough to see to be interesting, but not so much that the kids or adults got board. Great stop for several hours.

Thank jima800
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was there with my 2 kids. There is not much animals to see . They have a lots of monkeys. My kids love the playground, the train and the carousel.

Thank bilieu
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have two young sons and one bad back. The Santa Ana zoo is the perfect size, as far as I'm concerned. I was able to walk all over the park with my boys, go on the train (NOT recommended for people with bad lower backs; I won't go on it again), and see every attraction in a few hours.... More 

Thank Sean D
Camano Island, Washington
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126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I had already lowered my expectations prior to visiting because of online reviews. In general, this is an old, tired little zoo, mainly populated by monkeys in wire cages. There was a walk-thru tropical avian exhibit which had nice plants but woefully few birds. One high point was the open air giant anteater area. And, our granddaughter's favorite was the... More 

Thank brothermoses
Santa Ana, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Best kept secret in Orange County. A fabulous place for families, adults, going solo. Enjoy a wonderful place to escape the daily grind. There are lovely places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Go For lunch! Knowlwood serves up great food for purchase. Enjoy the animals, exhibits, train ride, and a new Ferris Wheel is being built. Children's zoo area... More 

Thank singnact

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