Zoos in SALINAS with kids

It’s animal time in Salinas, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Salinas because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    (14 miles) Monterey

    A fascinating and wonderfully designed aquarium that really lets families enjoy our wonderful ocean creatures.

  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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    (46 miles) San Jose

    A San Jose amusement park and zoo rolled into one! With a range of amazing animals, experiences and programs, overnight stays and some fun rides too!

  • CuriOdyssey

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    (73 miles) San Mateo

    A science and wildlife center where kids can explore both animal and science exhibits! Create a vortex, make objects fly, and meet furry, scaled and finned animals.

  • Oakland Zoo

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    (79 miles) Oakland

    The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit zoo home to over 660 native and exotic animals! Kids can experience feedings, and events, and learn lots of new things across the day!

  • San Francisco Zoo

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    (87 miles) San Francisco

    Over 1,000 endangered, exotic and rescued animals await you at this amazing zoo in San Francisco!

  • California Academy Of Sciences

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet. Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new ...

  • Aquarium Of The Bay

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay at this family friendly aquarium, with 20,000 aquatic animals including sharks, rays and sea stars!

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  • Giggles N Wiggles

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    (27 miles) Santa Cruz

    Indoor play fun for kids in the Capitola Mall in Santa Cruz, and a place to relax for parents too!

  • The Jungle Fun and Adventure

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    (41 miles) San Jose

    20,000 sq ft of WILD jungle fun with this indoor playground, perfect for kids up to 12 years and parents! With play structures, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade and more!

  • My Gym San Jose

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    (49 miles) Santa Clara

    Unique gym classes offering specially designed programs to enhance strength and coordination for kids.

  • Pump It Up

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    (70 miles) Pleasanton

    Facilities are based around a series of giant inflatables which vary but include slides, mazes, obstacle courses, classic bounce houses and other variations.

  • Safari Run

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    (72 miles) San Mateo

    Safari run in this indoor playground, with open play, fitness classes, camps, parties and more!

  • The Coop

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    (79 miles) San Francisco

    Modern and cool indoor play for kids AND adults in San Francisco, with 3,000sq ft of ball pits, slides, tubes, dress up, reading nooks and MORE!

  • Go Bananas

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    (80 miles) Lathrop

    Active kids under 10 can spend the day jumping and playing in this indoor fun center!

  • Playland not at the beach

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    (93 miles) El Cerrito

    Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a temperature-controlled 9000-square foot building chock-full of amazing things to see and do.

  • Adventure Kinderland

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    (95 miles) Richmond

    An amazing jungle for indoor play in California, with slides, tunnels, ball pools and much more! Open play and party fun for those active kids!

  • Garland Ranch Regional Park

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    (13 miles) Carmel

    This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old ...

  • Capitola Beach

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    (26 miles) Capitola

    One of the most popular beaches on the West Coast, this Californian beach is perfect for water sports, beach fun and family adventure!

  • Seabright State Beach

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    (28 miles) Santa Cruz

    A long and simple sandy beach which stretches from the Boardwalk to the Santa Cruz Harbor. Good for sandcastling, shallow paddling and traditional beach days.

  • Henry Cowell Redwood State Park

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    (34 miles) Felton

    Giant trees up to 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide, plus nature centre, hiking, biking, fishing and more.

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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    (46 miles) Boulder Creek

    Stretches from sea level to over 2000ft above and terrain ranges from almost tropical canyons and raging waterfalls to sparse and almost arid slopes. There's certainly scope for some terrific ...

  • Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

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    (71 miles) Hayward

    Experience the unique environment in this San Francisco Bay salt marsh, with an interpretive center, family programs and nature!

  • Oyster Bay

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    (77 miles) San Leandro

    An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and ...

  • Redwood Regional Park

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    (82 miles) Oakland

    Kids can experience the magic of this hidden redwood forest whose 1,830 acres are ready to be explored - an amazing natural wonder in California for the family to enjoy.

  • Muir Woods National monument

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    (98 miles) Mill Valley

    Contains 6 miles of trails in 30 to 90 minute loops as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. Free Discovery Pack available for kids, plus public programming at the ...

  • Raging Waters

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    (46 miles) San Jose

    Enjoy Northern California 's Largest Waterpark with 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including the newest ride Dragon's Den!

  • Antioch Waterpark

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    (89 miles) Antioch

    A small municipal water park great for kids on those hot days, with 5 fun water slides.

  • The Ravine Waterpark

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    (91 miles) Paso Robles

    Cool off on California's Central Coast with this family friendly water park, with extreme slides, huge wave pools, and leisurely fun!

  • Waterworld

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    (92 miles) Concord

    A whopping 20,000-square-foot activity pool features seven family slides, the lily pad walk and the Dragon's Tail slide complex! Make a splash in California

  • 7D Experience

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    (89 miles) San Francisco

    ffers a combination of 3D visuals, wind machines, strobe lights, rapid motions seats and everyone gets a personal high tech laser blaster and you yourselves take on the enemies in the show, as you ...

  • Gizdich Ranch

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    (19 miles) Watsonville

    Take a self guided walking tour of this charming working farm and explore the berry fields and apple orchards.

  • The Beach Boardwalk

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    (28 miles) Santa Cruz

    This vibrant, bustling amusement park is renowned for its great rides, remarkable history, spectacular beach setting, and friendly attitude.

  • Neptunes Kingdom

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    (28 miles) Santa Cruz

    It's the pirates life with a two story 18 hole mini golf course, and arcades too! Part of Santa Cruz' Beach Boardwalk!

  • The Mystery Spot

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    (30 miles) Santa Cruz

    Visit a strange, gravitational anomaly in the redwood forests, where perceptions are changed and the laws of gravity are questioned!

  • Golfland

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    (41 miles) San Jose

    Two mini golf courses, an arcade, and even waterslides - a host of kids fun in San Jose!