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Orange County Zoos & Aquariums

Zoos & Aquariums Overview

Orange County

Orange County zoos and aquariums include the Orange County Zoo, Santa Ana Zoo, Zoomars Petting Zoo and the Dana Point Aquarium. From the small Ocean Institute of Dana Point to the larger Santa Ana Zoo, see venomous snakes, exotic insects, llamas, monkeys, mountain lions, sharks, garibaldi and more. Zoos and aquariums are always one of the best choices for fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

Orange County

The Orange County Zoo is located off Interstate 5 from the Jamboree exit in Irvine. Situated in the back of Irvine Regional Park, this is a very small city zoo with mostly local animals including bears, coyotes, deer and owls. Irvine Regional Park offers lots of entertainment for youngsters with a train ride, donkey rides, paddleboat and bike rentals, softball fields, bike trails, mountain biking and picnicking. Irvine Park offers several fun things to do in Orange County for kids.

Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, California 92862
(714) 973-6847

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Zoomars Petting Zoo is found off Interstate 5 at Highway 74 (Ortega Highway). This is a small-scale petting zoo situated in the historic Los Rios District of San Juan Capistrano. Hundreds of friendly animals are available for your child to feed and pet including goats, rabbits, donkeys, ponies and other farm animals. Zoomars Petting Zoo is a good choice for fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

TIP: Be sure to check out some of the boutique shops and cafés also situated along Los Rios Street.

Zoomars Petting Zoo
31791 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 831-6550

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The Santa Ana Zoo is located off Interstate 5 near the 55 interchange in Santa Ana. This is a small city zoo consisting of several small zoo exhibits and a large petting zoo. Zoo animals list includes exotic birds, opossum, monkeys, camel, anteater and farm animals. Attractions include an endangered animals carousel, train ride, rainforest animals maze and more. The Santa Ana Zoo is a good idea for fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

TIP: Santa Ana Zoo is situated close to Disneyland®.

Santa Ana Zoo
1801 East Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, California 92701
(714) 835-7484

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Ocean Institute of Dana Point

The Dana Point Aquarium is found in the harbor near PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway). This is a small educational aquarium with exhibits of local salt water fish species. tide pool exploration is within steps of the sea aquarium. They also organize sailing cruises aboard a tall ship that is usually moored adjacent to the aquarium. The Dana Point aquarium is a great choice for fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

TIP: The Tall Ships Festival takes place in September. You can book tours on these ships through the aquarium website. These cruises can also include mock cannon battles... BOOM!

Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 496-2274

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