5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Visiting the LA Zoo
at Griffith Park
is one of the Top Things to Do in LA with Kids
. It is not as well known as the San Diego Zoo
to the south, although it occupies a little bit bigger footprint at 133 acres. It only has about a third the number of animals, giving both the animals and the people more space. It can seem rather sparse on a hot or rainy day when the animals are all taking shelter.
I'm not a huge fan of keeping animals confined, and I find it especially hard to look at the monkeys behind bars, but I realize that for most Angelenos and visitors, it will be their only opportunity to see these animals in person.
Many of the 1100+ individual animals at the LA Zoo are endangered species, and the Zoo's successful breeding programs have helped to increase their numbers, including helping to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction. Breeding partnerships with other zoos help keep up the genetic diversity of animals born in the zoo.
How Long Does it Take to Visit the LA Zoo
If your kids don't want to hang out for a half hour in front of each exhibit, play on the playground and see all the shows, you can see pretty much everything in two or three hours. If your kids will want to sit in front of the chimpanzees and watch them like a TV show and participate in all the interactive activities, you could spend the full 7 open hours from 10 to 5 with lunch and playground breaks. >>>