Los Angeles Zoo
Griffith Park, Where the Ventura 134 & the Golden State 5 freeways meet. There’s bird and animal shows every open day. A great place plus real fun for the kids and parents too. (323) 644-6400
Orange County Zoo
Located in Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange. The zoo feature animals native to the southwest US including black bears and mountain lions. (714) 633-2022.
Santa Barbara Zoo
From Interstate 101 take either Milpas Street or Hot Springs/Cabrillo Drive exits to Cabrillo Boulevard. Turn toward the mountains at Ninos Drive. This zoo is in a beautiful location. The weather is for the most part is wonderful. (805) 962-6310
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Great and exotic wild life living their own habitat. You will see your favorite animal at it’s best sometimes up close and personal. Interstate 5 at Via Rancho Parkway Escondido (760) 747-8702
San Diego Zoo
Being the largest zoo of it’s kind in the state. They have a reputation to maintain a great zoo with countless animals living in their own habitat and they do this very well. They have a very rare Panda baby that you won’t forget. The Gorilla area is something you will remember for a long time. If the parking lot if getting busy look for collage kids riding rickshaws. They will give you a ride to the front gate for a small fee. If you take the tour bus you will enjoy the park at it’s best. Then you can walk around the park looking for favorite animals you saw from the bus. 2920 Zoo Drive, (619) 234-3153
Santa Ana Zoo
This is small but fun zoo close to downtown Santa Ana. A lot of great animals live here. There is a great story about the number of Monkeys that must be in the zoo at all times.
That was the unusual request made in 1952 by Joseph Prentice, the founder of the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. The Santa Ana Zoo now occupies 20 acres and hosts more than 270,000 people annually. Along with at least fifty monkeys,you will find a rain forest, endangered species, an aviary, an electrical train and children’s zoo right in the middle of the Orange County urban jungle. Check the history tab on their web site. 1801 East Chestnut Avenue (714) 835-7484
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Set against a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean, including three tide pools teeming with life. The aquarium’s showcase 70,000-gallon kelp forest tank represents local marine life off the coast of La Jolla and features three species of sharks, moray eels, barracuda, giant sea bass and other animals. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Experience the world’s largest and most diverse body of water at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the fifth largest U.S. aquarium and home to over 12,000 ocean animals representing over 550 species. Located in the beautiful Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, CA, the Aquarium of the Pacific takes visitors on a journey through three regions of the Pacific Ocean, exploring the waters of Southern California/Baja, Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific through 18 major habitats and 31 focus exhibits. The Aquarium features a 350,000-gallon exhibit, the Tropical Reef Habitat, featuring over 1,000 marine animals, including zebra sharks, blacktip reef sharks, pufferfish and more. The exhibit also features underwater presentations where divers, equipped with underwater microphones, will answer visitors’ questions. In the Southern California/Baja gallery visitors will encounter the nearly three-story high Blue Cavern habitat and the Harbor Seal and Sea Lion Tunnel. In the Northern Pacific gallery visitors will see giant Japanese spider crabs and mischievous sea otters.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
As a leader in environmental education, aquaculture research and community outreach, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro is part of the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department and has offered hands-on marine learning experiences for children and adults since it was founded in 1935. Located in a spectacular natural setting, just steps from a sandy beach and rocky tidepools teeming with sea life, the Aquarium provides visitors a unique and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. Our 36,000-square-foot facility features an exhibition hall with the largest collection of Southern California marine life on display in the world, an outdoor tide pool touchtank, teaching laboratory, auditorium, courtyard with interactive exhibits, Exploration Center and Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library. Living displays emphasize the lesser-known fish and invertebrates that fascinate visitors. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium provides the setting and support for youth in learning stewardship, marine science and their role in serving to protect our marine resources. Emphasizing active learning and participation, the Aquarium welcomes children with many exhibits positioned at a child’s eye-level, and has been recognized worldwide as a leader in marine education for both children and adults. In a typical year, the Aquarium sees more than 100,000 pre-K through 12th-grade children on site and 30,000 children at their schools through the Ocean Outreach Program.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Since 1984, we’ve been doing so through award-winning exhibits, education programs, conservation research and far-reaching ocean advocacy initiatives. The living exhibits tells stories of marine life in Monterey Bay and the beyond in order to create the powerful emotional connections that are the basis for caring about the fate of marine creatures and their ocean homes. We offer an unsurpassed experience for visitors from around the world as we bring those habitats to life and put people face to face with the ocean’s amazing inhabitants – from jellies and sea otters to a living kelp forest, bluefin tuna and great white sharks. Through our education programs, we’re helping create a new generation of ocean stewards. Our scientific research initiatives are helping to understand – and protect – threatened species, including sea otters, tunas and sharks.
With more than 130 million visitors since its opening on March 21, 1964, SeaWorld is one of most popular marine-life parks in the world. The founding principles of education, entertainment, research and conservation make SeaWorld an ideal place to learn about, enjoy and gain an appreciation for some of the ocean’s most fascinating animals. Spread out over 189 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping, dining facilities and education programs for all ages.