31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 Directions
+19498316550
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Report | 11 days ago
Buy the veggie basket for $4 for the best feeding experience.
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Report | 14 days ago
Prepare yourself for lots of guinea pig love! Food trays are $4. There were only 3 of us instead of 4 so they gave me a ticket to use in the future! Use Metrolink to get there. It is around the corner from the station.
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Report | 16 days ago
Pack your lunch to enjoy their picnic tables and watch the kids play.
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Report | 21 days ago
great experience for children under 5 yrs old
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Report | a month ago
Great for young kids. Extra features like train ride and mining experiences were well worth it. Nice playground & clean picnic tables. Metrolink stop 200 yds away. Animals are super tame- emu, donkeys, goats, alpacas, brahmas, chickens & guinea pigs.
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Report | a month ago
Definitely do the mining part, the kids loved their take home treats!! Also, the horseback riding was very safe and enjoyable!! The guinea pigs and donkeys steal your heart!!
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Report | a month ago
My girls love the guinnea pig pen!
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Report | a month ago
This is not your standard petting zoo, but horse rides and gold mining to make up for that. I hope that they will have more animals to pet when I go back again.
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Report | a month ago
Cute Place!
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Report | a month ago
Great place to take the kids on nice day bumming around downtown San Juan. Staff Friendly and we had good time!
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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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