Los Angeles Zoo Tips From EncinoMom
Here are our tips for your visit to the Los Angeles Zoo. We had the opportunity to visit on a perfectly temperate Friday afternoon and caught a screening of Koala Kids (out on DVD April 30th exclusively from Walmart and Walmart.com). This was the perfect time for a zoo visit. If you read reviews from other zoo visitors, you’ll see lots of advice to stay away from the zoo when temperatures soar and that afternoons have the double benefit of being less crowded and offer the best chances for seeing more animals or animal activity. This zoo is just one of the many brilliant things there are to do with kids in this area, so if you’re thinking of re-locating to somewhere child-friendly I’d highly recommend it. I would especially recommend looking for homes for sale in Palos Verdes Estates as it’s one of the nicest areas to live in.
The new entrance to the zoo (more – new to me, than strictly new) reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park and gives you the feeling that you are in for an adventure before you even get inside. We saw lots of wild birds feeding (and one greedy squirrel) as we walked the ramps leading along the main path past the Sea Lions. Reggie the Aligator had his back to us and was so still, I thought he was bronze!
If you are visiting the Zoo with little kids, babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, try to remember that children generally love other children! They may be just as amused and entertained by seeing other kids and visitors to the zoo as they are seeing the exhibits and animals. You’ll enjoy your visit to the zoo much more if you don’t set your heart on seeing a specific animal or exhibit. Focus on enjoying the people you are with and let the zoo be the back drop for your experience. You’ll have more fun and create great memories.
Parking is free at the zoo, hurray! Prices for adults are currently $17 with discounts for seniors ($14), Children 2 -12 years of age ($12) and children under age 2 are free. The Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel is $3 per ride and annual membership for families is value priced at $114, see site for details: http://lazoo.org