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Santa Ana Zoo
1801 East Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana
CA
92701
Tel: 1 (714) 835-7484

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The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California is a 20-acre site focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. The Santa Ana Zoo hosts more than 270,000 people annually. The zoo opened in 1952 and is owned and operated by the City of Santa Ana. Joseph Prentice donated land for the zoo with the stipulation that the city must keep at least 50 monkeys at all times, the zoo maintains an extensive primate collection with over a dozen species from around the world.
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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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by Mar Vy

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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

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 93° F / 34° C
Humidity: 62 %
Wind: West - 0 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 88° F / 31° C
Humidity: 45 %
Wind: WSW - 9 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 85° F / 29° C
Humidity: 55 %
Wind: WSW - 9 MPH

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