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Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

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Address: 1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701-5001
Phone Number: +1 714-835-7484
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great for toddlers and preschoolers

This is a small zoo but great for kids under 5. There are lots of primates and birds, a train and a carousel. We took our 18 month old grandson while the older kids were at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Francie W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small zoo but great for kids under 5. There are lots of primates and birds, a train and a carousel. We took our 18 month old grandson while the older kids were at Disneyland. He had a great time. Lunch is reasonably priced and made right there.

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Thank Francie W
Tustin, California
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the Grandkids recently. They are 10 and 12. They were through it in a heartbeat. It is really geared toward the younger set.

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Thank hueadon
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a fun and cute little zoo in the city of Santa Ana. It won't take a lot of time to walk around and is great for a quick visit if you happen to be in the area and are looking for something lowkey. The zoo is chock full of monkeys along with meerkats and other assorted animals. Plus,... More 

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Thank travelguy w
PHOENIX
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were traveling with two grandchildren (3 and 5), We wanted to do something not to taxing as the children were still tired from the day before's activities. This was the perfect little zoo. It only took a few hours to walk the whole zoo. Lots of monkeys and smaller mammals. There were camels and anteaters but most of the... More 

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Thank Ben C
Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

They have a playground and a concession stand. The kids love the monkeys and the parking is easy. A great place to take the little ones on Saturday morning.

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Thank Michelle F
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We took our g'daughter here on a day with intermittent drizzle. It let up for a couple hours, happily while we were viewing the outdoor animal exhibits.

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1 Thank Lena K
Santa Ana, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Great for families with young children. Just be sure to bring water and sunscreen during the summer. Gets pretty hot in Santa Ana.

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Thank Romy G
Bakersfield, California
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I've been bringing my daughter here since she was three years old and she is now seven. It's in a residential community which kind of threw me off at first, I thought surely I'm lost. But then I saw this gorgeous park with these jacaranda trees blooming everywhere, and a zoo sign, and bought my annual membership that day. let... More 

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Thank Sirensrising
Corona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It was casual and relaxing, we had a great time. I took my kids there 25 years age, and now we took our grand children.

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Anaheim, California
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Santa Ana Zoo is small, but has enough variety that you could end up spending a lot of time there. I loved the enclosed areas that you could walk through and look for birds. The petting zoo has a number of unusual looking goats. My favorite animal to watch is the ocelot. Earlier this year some babies were born,... More 

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Thank Suzanne L

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