California Zoos Aquariums Wild Animals Parks
California is home to wide range of zoos and aquariums several of which are world class destinations. Many of these facilities also off beautiful gardens featuring lush vegetation and thousands of plants from around the world.
Northern California largest zoological park is the San Francisco Zoo Central California features the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Southern California has the world famous San Diego.
California zoological attractions listed from Northern California to Southern California.
Safari West Wildlife Preserve The spirit of Africa in the Wine Country. Lets you take a trip to Africa without leaving the Golden State. Safari West is a former sheep ranch transformed into an African Safari adventure.
Bryan Preserve Located in Point Arena is a wildlife preserve with two kinds of zebra species and several species of antelope. Reservations are a must to visit the preserve.
San Francisco Zoo Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center. Over 250 different animal in naturalistic surroundings nestled against the Pacific Ocean. on the Great Highway. Affordable family fun.
Oakland Zoo Located in 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is home to more than 440 native and exotic animals. There is also a kids zoo with plenty of hands-on fun
Sacramento Zoo The “Little Zoo in the Park” opened in 1927. The focus of the zoo has shifted from showcasing as many animals as possible, to creating a recreational and fun experience. Affordable and fun family day trip.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Over 2 million people visit each year. Located on Historic Cannery Row in Monterey Bay the Aquarium has world class exhibits and a view of Monterey Bay
California Living Museum. Both a zoo and a botanical garden, making it the ideal place to learn about California’s flora and critters. Includes a wildlife rehabilitation center, which cares for hundreds of animals each year.
The Sequoia Park Zoo The only municipal zoological gardens on the Pacific Coast between San Francisco and Portland. Located on 5 acres northeast of Sequoia Park.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo a family friendly destination in California’s Central Valley. Covering 46 acres and is home to nearly 700 animals and over 200 different species.
Charles Paddock Zoo Atascadero California. Founded in 1955 by Charles Paddock, a park ranger who came to the aid of injured wildlife. Makes a great side trip while visiting Atascadero.
Santa Barbara Zoo In addition to over 600 animals, the Zoo offers the Gift Store, an enclosed carousel and two C. P. Huntington trains to complete your visit.
Aquarium of the Pacific takes visitors on a journey through three regions of the Pacific Ocean. The Aquarium features a 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat.
Los Angeles Zoo collection of 1,200 animals from around the world. Kids enjoy barn yard animals at the Family Children’s Zoo. Located in Griffith Park.
Santa Ana Zoo first opened in 1952 on land donated by local citrus grower Joseph Prentice. The zoo features 90 different species, in 35 exhibits and is a great place to introduce younger children to the wonders of the zoo.
Living Desert Zoo is located 15 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California. This family friendly attraction is a breathtaking experience nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park.) 1800-plus acres of exotic animals and botanical gardens galore, carved out of the hills and canyons of Escondido, California.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Set against a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is home to more than 350 species of marine life.
San Diego Zoo is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. Offers a full day of family fun in San Diego.