Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens-Los Angeles

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens-Los Angeles

What: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Where: Glendale

For: All Ages

Ethan and I planned a day to explore the Zoo with the kids when they were 3 and 4 years old.  We all had a great time, although I think it would be wise to take them back now that they’re older and can appreciate the animals more.  You can expect to spend 4-6 hours at the zoo, which makes for a full day of fun with the animals!

Skylar and me with the giraffes.

The Zoo Basics

We decided to take a day trip to the LA Zoo with the kids two years ago during the summer.  Keep in mind during the time that if it is hot outside or raining that you will probably not see many animals.  Since it was very hot, we made sure to bring the strollers so the kids wouldn’t get too tired.  When you buy your tickets, you’re handed a zoo map that allows you to plan your visit.  There is a gift shop on the inside when you walk in, and restaurants are scattered around the zoo.  We brought lunches for the kids and bought them dessert from the restaurant.

Ethan and Emma watching the giraffes.

Wheelchairs and single/double strollers are for rent on a first-come first-served basis.  Food and drinks are permitted in the Zoo, as picnic tables are provided for guests around the Zoo grounds.  There is a large parking lot for Zoo guests with free parking.  If you come later in the day, be prepared for a long walk to the entrance.  Membership, educational, and internship programs are offered by the Zoo (please check their website for details).

The Animals

Despite the hot day, the kids were able to see many animals.  Some of the fences to the exhibits were even close enough for them to feel like they were a part of the animals’ habitat.  They really liked looking at the gorillas and monkeys, as there was only a glass window separating them from the animals.  At the monkey area, there is a section of stadium seating where you can eat your food and watch the monkeys play.  The elephants and giraffes were also amazing to watch with he kids.  We enjoyed walking through the reptile exhibit since it was inside and air conditioned.  Signs throughout the zoo give you directions to the different exhibits.

The kids loved watching the monkeys.

There is a small barnyard petting zoo available in the kids area near the playground.  Here, the kids are able to get up close and personal with the animals.  They enjoyed petting the goats, sheep and pigs.  There is also a wild bird show that proves very entertaining for both adults and children.

Three little monkeys.

The Crowd

The zoo is a very family friendly area with a mix of people in the crowd.  Because of the heat, there were not as many people walking around.  Keep in mind that almost everything is outdoors, so check the weather before making the drive out.


Parking is free and admission was about $80 for two adults and two kids.  Depending on where you dine, you can expect to pay $10 to $20 per person.  Desserts run from $3 to $6 per person.  No alcoholic beverages are served on Zoo grounds.

Skylar and me when she was just 6 months old at the Zoo!

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens Information

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 644-4200


Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing admin@la-staycation.com

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