Zoos/Aquariums in Los Angeles

This list collects aquariums and zoos located in the Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Zoo is a smaller, mellow zoo located in Griffith Park and run by the City of Los Angeles. The admission is reasonable and the parking here is free. Over the years, this zoo has definitely undergone a lot improvements. The most recent addition is the Elephants of Asia exhibit: elephants Billy, Jewel, and Tina roam a habitat of over 6 acres.

If zoos are really your thing, I recommend maybe heading south to check out the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park, both of which are world class attractions.

In terms of aquariums, Los Angeles has a lot to offer. The largest aquarium here is the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. This large facility puts a lot of emphasis on interactive exhibits that provide kids with a hands-on experience.

Near Long Beach is the pay-what-you-will Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Although much smaller than the Aquarium of the Pacific, the bonus at this place is that afterward you can walk out on Cabrillo Beach and explore the tidepools!

Another unique (and free) place in San Pedro is the Marine Mammal Care Center. This facility is a rehabilitation center for sick sea mammals. Visitors can view the recovering animals as well as visit educational exhibits and a gift shop.

Heading to Manhattan Beach you can also find the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. This is a free, volunteer-run space that is a lot of fun (again this is a small facility, they do accept donations).

Los Angeles Zoo

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5333 Zoo Dr
Griffith Park

Walk on the Wild Side... read more

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive

38 saltwater aquariums... read more

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk
(under the carousel building on the Santa Monica Pier)

Education for kids and adults... read more

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 NiƱos Drive

In Harmony with Nature... read more

Marine Mammal Care Center

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Angels Gate Park

Seals and sea lions rehabilitating... read more

Animal Acres

5200 Escondido Canyon Rd

Claws and paws... read more

Star Eco Station

10101 West Jefferson Boulevard

Rescuing wildlife... read more

San Diego Zoo with Transport

Family Friendly Tours & Activities... read more
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