Known for its sunshine and celebrities, it’s easy to forget that Los Angeles also has a zoo, but that would mean missing one of the wildest urban experiences in the country. Sandwiched between Griffith Park and Burbank, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is 133 acres of desert, savannah, and rain forest—and the fascinating animals that call those areas home—making it a fantastic destination for your next family day adventure. Lace up the sneakers and slather on the sun block, since you’ll work up a sweat exploring the zoo’s winding paths and exotic environments. Hear the kids gasp with excitement when they spot a western lowland gorilla snacking on pomegranates, or watch them cringe at the wriggling body of a Chinese giant salamander. Want to do more than look? You can always hand-feed an Indian Rhino, groom a Nigerian dwarf goat, or feel an Angolan python crawl up your arm, thanks to interactive programs designed to impart a deeper zoo experience to visitors. A word of advice: If you own a “real” camera, bring it. You can’t walk ten paces without encountering another photo op.  You can show off your new photos over an afternoon snack at the on-site Churro Factory, a sweet end to an exciting day.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles CA 90027

(323) 644-3200

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