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Santa Ana Zoo
1801 East Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana
CA
92701
Tel: 714 835-7484

Where are we going today?

There are so many things to do with the family in Santa Ana, and if you are feeling a little...WILD...then why not head to Santa Ana Zoo!

Located in Practice Park, this 20 acre zoo focuses on those beautiful creatures found in Central and South America, and has been giving families a great day out since 1952. That's a lot of memories created!

Want to know what's really cool about Santa Ana Zoo? Well, back in 1952 there was a request by it's founder, Joseph Practice, that the zoo can only exist if there are 50 monkeys on the grounds at all times.

And they still stick to this request even now, so when you visit, can you spot the 50 monkeys across the enclosures? They even are home to the smallest monkey in the world - the Pygmy Marmoset (and it's adorable!)

The zoo has over 80 species of animals in total, so there is plenty for the kids to learn from and explore, and it's a place where parents and kids can have a great time!

In addition to these wonderful animals, the zoo also has a fun children's farm where they can enjoy actual hands on fun with those domestic animals, as well as a train ride which always delights, and even a carousel! Enjoy that classic family fun as you ride on carved endangered species so kids can learn about which animals are in danger, and why we should look after them!

With special events such as the winter wonderland across the year, it's no wonder the Santa Ana Zoo is popular with families, so let's go say hi to those animals!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 weekdays / $12 weekends
  • Children$7 weekdays / $9 weekends (Ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 4pm. Grounds shut 5pm

Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Jan 1

Teachers corner

They LOVE having students, and if you have over 10 students you can get a group discount. They offer free entry for teachers too, and you get to enjoy a self-guided visit.

I'm Hungry!

The Knowlwood Cafe has great snacks and lunch options including burgers!.

Any Top Tips?

Anyone arriving after 2pm will receive $2 off the admission price!.

Need a little extra help?

All of the animal exhibits are accessible, and there are wheelchairs available on a first come basis!.

Can I get one of those?

There of course is a gift shop! Bring that pocket money because there is a host of animal related gifts and souvnirs that you will want to take home!.

More information

The train ride is an additional small cost, as is the carousel, and opening hours are slightly shorter than the regular zoo hours.

What people are saying?

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    This is one of my favorite zoo to visit. It is small, never crowded, there are a lot of activities that kids will enjoy, parking is easy, and the place is well kept.

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    We walked towards the entrance to pay for admission: Child - $7 and Adult - $10 then we entered the zoo. The first thing I noticed was the Face Painting ), my daughter loves it! After looking at all the designs, she choose the Flame Horse.
    When the artist was done we walked towards the Rain Forest Adventure. It looks like a maze, we got to discover plants, trees,...Read More

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    I had a great time taking my 3 year old to the zoo. Besides the watching all the animals, the zoo has a train ride and a playground for the kids. The cost is very in-expensive and I would recommend becoming a member, for 70 dollars you can take your whole family (4 children and 2 adults) for the entire year.

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    Great place for families and kids. Walked the whole park in under 2 hours. Lots of shade so a great place to go on a hot day. Lots of grassy area to have a picnic and a playground for the kids.

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    Definitely a fun place to go for toddlers and younger children, not great for my older children. Lots of Monkeys!

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    I went there as a child and so did my kids we love it

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This is one of my favorite zoo to visit. It is small, never crowded, there are a lot of activities that kids will enjoy, parking is easy, and the place is well kept.

~Experience~
We walked towards the entrance to pay for admission: Child - $7 and Adult - $10 then we entered the zoo. The first thing I noticed was the Face Painting ), my daughter loves it! After looking at all the designs, she choose the Flame Horse.
When the artist was done we walked towards the Rain Forest Adventure. It looks like a maze, we got to discover plants, trees, and animals that live in the Rain Forest. Then we proceeded to see the animals. We saw Boa Constrictor, Giant Ant Eater, Wild Amazon Parrots, Binturong (smell like buttered popcorn to help mark their treetops territory), Ring Tail Lemur, Squirrel Monkeys, White Handed Gibbon, Bald Eagle, Bald Eagles Nest and Camels, etc. They also have a Conservation Education Theater where they have animal presentations; check the sign for show times. As we visited the animals, we noticed a device called Zoo Keys that are placed on the fence. I didn't purchase the keys (purchase it in the gift shop) but if you do, just insert the key and it will play a story about the animals. Our last stop would be the Colors of the Amazon. My daughter and I entered the doors carefully and we followed the pathway; it felt like we were in the forest. We were surrounded by plants, turtles, ponds and birds; I appreciated the sounds of the amazon birds and waterfall.

Next was to go towards the other side of the zoo. First we went on the train ride, we got a tour of zoo. There is also a carousel but my daughter didn't want to go on it. Then we visited the farm animals, we saw pigs, rabbits, ducks, chickens, turkeys, sheeps, and horses, etc. We enjoyed feeding the animals, when we were done we washed our hands. Our little adventure got us hungry and tired. There is food at the Knowlwood Cafe, they serve burgers, salads, breakfast, tacos, kids meal, and sandwiches, etc. My daughter only wanted ice cream. After eating she played on the playground while I sat on the bench and watched her. Then we went to the gift shop.

~Highlight~
It was fun to go on the train ride and to feed the animals.

~Notes~
~You can have a party at the zoo. There are private party areas throughout the zoo.
~Rent a single stroller or wagon for $5
~Rent a double stroller for $8

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