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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Southern California Zoos, Aquariums and Animal Adventures

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College   Our Review

Four daily animal shows and a carnivore feeding demonstration.

7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark (805) 378-1441

Aquarium of the Pacific  Our Review

Located south of Los Angeles, in nearby Long Beach, this aquarium offers multiple levels of exhibits and opportunities for learning. The aquarium is also located nearby to the Queen Mary and other Long Beach attractions.

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Huge touch tank, marine animal nursery, hands-on exploration room, tidepools and more.

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro (310) 548-7562

Gibbon Conservation Center

Guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10 am. Meet five species of gibbons, learn more about efforts to save these endangered animals and hear their songs!

19100 Esguerra Rd., Santa Clarita (661) 296-2737

The Living Desert

In the Palm Spring Area with a very accessible petting zoo are for children.

47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert (760) 346-5694

Los Angeles Zoo  

Very large zoo and botanical gardens.  

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200

Roundhouse Aquarium

Touch tank and special activities. Free admission but the aquarium does ask for a donation of $4 per family.

Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Ocean Dr., Manhattan Beach (310) 379-8117

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park  (619) 234-3153

San Diego Zoo Animal Safari  Our Review

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Esondido (760) 747-8702

Santa Ana Zoo

Small zoo with a focus on primates.  Has a fun train ride for children.

1801 E Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 835-7484

Santa Barbara Zoo

Right in the heart of Santa Barbara.  

500 Niños Dr., Santa Barbara (805) 962-5339

STAR ECO Station  Our Review

10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City (310) 842-8060

Underwood Family Farms     Our Review

3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark (805) 529-3690

5696 Los Angeles Ave., Somis (805) 386-4660