Zoo and Botanical Gardens

View on Map Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 Website: http://www.lazoo.org/

The zoo in central Los Angeles first opened its gates to the public in 1966 and now covers 133 acres, with its boundaries close to both Burbank and Glendale.

In 2002, it became a certified Botanical Gardens to reflect the work it does to conserve flora as well as fauna.

Today, the 1.5 million visitors that enter each year can see more than 1,100 animals and in excess of 7,400 individual plants, making it a great attraction for people of all ages.

Among the highlights are the Red Ape RainForest, Sea Life Cliffs and Campo Gorilla Reserve, with new enclosures still opening often to ensure the residents are well looked after.

The zoo's dedicated staff also regularly host fun days and events programs, so it is worth taking a look at the website upon checking into Los Angeles hotels to see what's on.

General admission for adults costs $17 and children aged two to 12 can get in for $12. There are also concessionary rates for students and seniors.