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Get Wild at the Los Angeles Zoo

Flamingos at the Zoo
Tracy Givens
Tracy Givens
October 21, 2022

Welcome to the Los Angeles Zoo, where you can escape into another world filled with wildlife, lush flora, and magical adventures. Lowland gorillas, Asian elephants, and many more exotic mammals await to welcome you as the California condor stretches its wings from above. Bask in the shade of a native sycamore, or explore the delights of the living fossils on display. And don't forget to check out the LAIR, where you'll get up close and personal with fascinating amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles. There's so much to do and see, you'll be planning your next visit before you've even left!

Woman wearing a face mask

Before you head out on your adventure, remember that face coverings are recommended for all visitors aged 2 and older. This policy applies in all indoor and enclosed public settings, including the LAIR and the Safari Shuttle. If the members of your party are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you leave your masks on when outside as well.

We suggest you purchase your tickets online, as the Los Angeles Zoo is quite popular, and walk-up tickets are not guaranteed. You can save your tickets to your mobile device, which will be scanned before you enter the gates. Note that Reciprocal and Military discounts are only available at the box office. Also, all ticket sales are final, so make sure you'll be able to visit on the day of your choice.

Kid feeding a giraffe

Remember that you'll be doing a great deal of walking while visiting the Zoo. Wear comfortable shoes that have been broken in before your visit. Don't forget to bring your hats, sunscreen, and plenty of drinking water. You should also arrive as early as possible, as entry isn't permitted after 3:45 p.m.

You'll find the Zoo at the northeast corner of Griffith Park, at the junction of the 134 (Ventura) and I-5 (Golden State) Freeways. The Autry Museum of the American West is right across the street, and the entire area is adjacent to the Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee.

While most of the exhibits are still open for guests to enjoy, a few have been closed due to the recent development of certain zoonotic diseases in the United States. Look at the Zoo's website before you head over to avoid disappointment.

A host of dining options will make it possible for you to spend the whole day exploring the Zoo—no need to leave the premises to find sustenance. Reggie's Bistro offers sandwiches, salads, and burgers, with a separate menu for the kids. Named after the famed resident North American alligator, Reggie's is conveniently located next to the gift shops at the International Marketplace, making it a great place to take a midday break.

Bean Sprouts

If you're looking for healthier dining options, check out the new Bean Sprouts Cafe. This venue focuses on the imaginative yet healthy fare to promote better eating habits in guests of all ages. There are also several allergy-friendly menu items on offer. Note that Bean Sprouts is open only on weekends and holidays.

With all the walking you'll be doing, you'll surely crave a snack later. Don't forget to cool off with delicious soft-serve ice cream from Sweet Treats, or dazzle your taste buds with an offering from the Churro Factory.

We hope and trust you'll enjoy your visit to the Los Angeles Zoo!

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