Zoo in Encinitas


Guided Tour for 4 or 8, Private Tour for 2, or Halloween Party for 2 at Wild Wonders, Inc. (Up to 50% Off)

Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders

Interact with exotic animals, from adorable foxes to enormous centipedes, under the supervision of zoologists and trainers

$90 $49

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Wolf Recovery Today Tour for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for Four at California Wolf Center (Up to 56% Off)

California Wolf Center

California Wolf Center

Wolf Recovery Today program includes observation of wolf packs; membership includes program admission, newsletter, and wolf picture and bio

$40 $20

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Visit for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children to the Living Coast Discovery Center (Up to 57% Off)

Living Coast Discovery Center

Chula Vista Nature Center

Observe and interact with native California creatures, such as sea turtles, sharks, and hawks, or explore 1.5 miles of nature trails

$28 $12

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Visit With a Feed a Big-Cat- or Bear-Feeding Experience for One or Two at Lions Tigers & Bears (Up to 39% Off)

Lions Tigers & Bears

Alpine

Visit over 50 animals at a no-breed, no-kill, no-sell sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and learn responsible animal care along the way

$130 $89

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$20 for Petting-Zoo Visit for Four with Two Gemstone-Mining Experiences at Zoomars ($56 Value)

Zoomars

Zoomars

Meet an array of friendly farm animals before panning for gemstones, fossils, and gold

$56 $20

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90-Minute Zoo Tour for 2, 5, or 10 at Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation (Up to 55% Off)

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation

A zookeeper leads groups past each exhibit and shares facts about tigers, zebras, and other animals, some of which are hand-fed by staff

$60 $29

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General Admission for Two or Four and Photos with a Snake at The Reptile Zoo (Up to 51% Off)

The Reptile Zoo

The Reptile Zoo

Discover the many animals the zoo has on display, participate in hands-on activities, and get a picture with one of the resident snakes

$34 $17

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  • Wild Wonders, Inc.
    In the quiet, northern end of San Diego County lies the lush, green gem of Wild Wonders, Inc., a multipurpose facility that celebrates California's natural beauty and maintains artificial habitats for more than 150 exotic animals. The staff calls their charges "animal ambassadors," conditioning and training each of them to serve in close, educational encounters with wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Although the facility is closed to the general public, through their Zoo Camp program educators give kids a chance try their hand at zoo keeping, including rare opportunities to help feed, clean, and care for the animal ambassadors during intimate interactions. The onsite staff obtained the park's residents?many of which were deemed non-releasable native wildlife?from other educational facilities as well as more dangerous reaches, such as lands riddled by the illegal pet trade. Resident wonders include big-eared foxes, armored armadillos, giant centipedes, and talkative african gray parrots.
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    5712 Via Montellano
    Bonsall, CA US
  • San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
    From 130 feet up, rhinos can look almost like ants. At San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zipliners get a bird's-eye view of those burly beasts as well as deer and giraffes while the wind whips through their hair. And thanks to a helmet with an HD cam, adventurers can relive the experience again and again.
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    15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
    Escondido, CA US
  • Zoomars
    A rustic Spanish-style farm in the heart of San Juan Capistrano that's been standing since 1890 promises more creatures than just the area's famous swallows. The picturesque estate is part of Zoomars?an all-ages petting zoo that's USDA-approved for cleanliness and the place where more than 200 animals call home. The residents range from the familiar to the exotic: goats, sheep, and kunekune pigs mingle alongside exotic emus, zebus, and zebras that greet visitors for pets and feeding. One of the zoo's most popular areas is the guinea-pig patch, where some of the farm's fuzziest and friendliest creatures reside. Zoomars also features family-friendly attractions ranging from a miniature train and pony rides to the newly installed playground with four slides to the rustic Miner's Gulch, where panning the water reveals rare treasures such as gemstones. Meet the Owner Owner Carolyn Franks started down the path to animal care in college when she created her own line of dog toys. She soon moved from New Jersey to California where her passion snowballed: developing a full line of pet products, hosting an animal show for kids, running a chain of exotic bird stores, and even traveling to Brazil to learn about animal conservation. In 2005, she used her knowledge to take over the Jones Farm petting zoo, expanding its pens and transforming its brand into Zoomars. Franks is joined by a well-trained staff of zookeepers and wranglers who share her vision in entertaining kids?and teaching them how to interact with the animals?as they are in caring for and shepherding mammals and birds.
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    31791 Los Rios St.
    San Juan Capistrano, CA US
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center
    The Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers its visitors the chance to add a sea lion to their family trees. Through symbolic adoptions, the non-profit organization funds its mission to locate, rehabilitate, and release injured marine mammals?including seals, sea lions, and dolphins?back home in the wild. After admitting one of these animal patients, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center's animal-care director and a veterinary medical director can administer antibiotics, nurse mammals back to health or go through treatment plans for various diseases and illnesses. Aside from adoptions, the center educates the public about these efforts through programs such as field trips and day camps for kids.
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    20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.
    Laguna Beach, CA US
  • The Reptile Zoo
    The Reptile Zoo is home to more than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Some were rescued and brought here, some were born here, and others hitchhiked here after reading about the zoo's excellent conditions. The zoo invites you to explore and learn about all its many creatures, whether through interactive displays or live presentations. Some hands-on opportunities at the zoo may include wearing an eight-foot Burmese python around your arm or feeding hungry beasts in the hands-on feeding zone. During a visit, you might also meet a celebrity in Frank, a 65-pound lizard better known as Mr. Kipling on The Disney Channel's Jessie.
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    18818 Brookhurst St
    Fountain Valley, CA US
  • Quail Botanical Gardens
    San Diego Botanic Garden envelops visitors in 37 acres of lush gardens and diverse terrain, offering nature-centric events and docent-led tours through the urban oasis. Explore the seemingly endless expanse of 28 themed gardens and venture into the world of verdure with the Australian Garden, rich in low-water plants and Vegemite, or the Mediterranean Garden, filled with fragrant water-smart plants such as lavender, rosemary, and Tang. Attend an insightful event, such as the Asian Arts in the Garden experience, or satisfy pressing cocoa queries at the Chocolate Festival. Peruse the premises with a gaggle of garden groupies, take a self-guided tour, or attend the free docent-led garden tour at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
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    230 Quail Gardens Drive
    Encinitas, CA US
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