The Los Angeles Zoo is a huge zoo with so many different exhibits and animals to see. When we went to visit we were lucky enough to see one of the newest members of the LA Zoo, a baby hippo. Since it was Spring there were a number of new baby animals just old enough for the public to see. It was a fun day.
It is easy to spend a full day at the Los Angeles Zoo.
There are so many different animals at the zoo and as we walked around we saw bears, birds, monkeys, fish, just to name a few. I love the open area that holds the elephants. My son loves fish so his favorite spot was probably the small aquarium. There is also a petting zoo that is a lot of fun for kids.
As lunch time approached we made our way to the back of the park. In the back of the park there is a huge play ground and picnic area perfect for lunch. Kids were running all over the place and enjoying the play ground and water feature. It was an unexpected addition to the Zoo and the perfect place to stop and enjoy a snack and take a break before it was time to get moving again. Now that my oldest is older I would enjoy it even more. He wasn’t quite old enough to go to the playground without help. We often pack lunches on our excursions so knowing there is a nice place to eat and play is a bonus.
Another great thing about the zoo was the fact there were a number of hands on exhibit booths set up throughout the park. Besides getting to go into a petting zoo to see goats and sheep up close. The kids were able to pet a rabbit and a snake. Pretty exciting for an almost two-year-old. And it wasn’t even a weekend. Often times when you visit a zoo during the week hands on experiences are closed. We visited a Tuesday in the Spring and we still got to see extra hands on exhibits.
There are also a few extra excursions you can be a part of depending on the day. Children over 4 can get up close and feed a rhinoceros. There is also a train that does a circle tour around the park to give you a quick view of everything to see throughout the park. Each Christmas the Zoo is changed into a magical wonderland full of Christmas lights for Zoo lights. And regularly in the late Spring Elmo and friends visit the park. Their show is included with admission. You can check out their website to see the latest events and get answers to any other questions you may have.