Animals are the backbone of our ecosystem—they keep life cycles in balance, help pollinate crops, and provide endless amusement when dressed in tuxedos. Cuddle cummerbund-free creatures with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get a six-admission pass to Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano (up to a $36 value). The admission pass can be used by up to six individuals, giving Groupon customers the opportunity to enjoy multiple petting-zoo visits or one group outing.
The farm at Zoomars Petting Zoo houses more than 100 animals, who receive daily pampering by the staff and bundles of attention from park guests of all ages. As animal lovers navigate the 2-acre plot, they can delight in the company of goats, discuss the art of bowling triple strikes with turkeys, cuddle a vestless cottontail, and run their fingers through the mane of a zedonk. Though not included with today’s Groupon, patrons of all sizes can legitimize their recent lasso purchases with a horse or pony ride ($5), treat newfound animal friends to a light snack of hand-given feed ($2), or hop aboard a miniature train ($3).
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. Residents range from gregarious goats, sweet sheep and potbellied pigs to an exotic emu, humpbacked zebu cows and curious llamas who mingle with 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 Little Tikes Playground to the rustic Miner's Gulch where panning the water reveals rare treasures like fool's gold and 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 South America to help save endangered species. In 2005, she used her knowledge to take over the Jones Farm, expanding its pens and transforming its brand to Zoomars Petting Zoo.
Franks is joined by a well-trained staff of zookeepers and wranglers who share her vision for teaching kids about animals through hands-on interactions—and the shepherding of mammals and birds.