From expansive enclosures that replicate African grasslands to luminous kelp beds teeming with sea life, California’s zoos and aquariums give you access to amazing animals. Gawk at the cuddly koalas at the San Diego Zoo or get a glimpse of the awesome amphibians at the Oakland Zoo. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an essential destination and you’ll marvel at the marine life at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. You can easily spend a full day at these and other outstanding attractions, many with special programs and behind-the-scenes experiences.
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San Diego Zoo & Safari Park
What You Need to Know About California Zoos and Aquariums
Most restrictions have lifted but a few protocols remain in place, depending on the location