Let me preface by saying – this is NOT the Santa Ana Zoo. The Orange County Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park (I could write a whole other post about this awesome park!) Also, if you don’t have kids you can still go here! I am in my thirties, have no children but love to explore new places – yes, I often visit places that only kids are supposed to like. I am here to erase that stigma, adults can do kids stuff too!
This zoo is very clean and the displays make it easy to see the animals, but the best part in my opinion is the petting zoo! They have an assortment of animals that you can feed for as long as you want. Food is $.25 a handful so bring plenty of quarters.
As you wander throughout the zoo you will find they have some pretty cool creatures – bald eagles, bears, mountain lions, bobcats and a variety of surprises! One really neat thing about this zoo is that most of these animals are native to Southern California, so you just might see one on a hike – but be careful:)!
The zoo is not very big, so take your time, enjoy the scenery and learn about the animals. There are also many programs that visitors can take part in, so check their website for all the current happenings.
On a side note, it is $3.00 (per carload) to the enter the park and $3.00 (per person) to enter the zoo. There are limited refreshment stands in the park, so if you plan to stay a while bring your own snacks, water or lunch!
Happy Animal Watching,