The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens spans 113 acres. There's lots of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. You can rent single and double strollers near the entrance - the cost is $10 for the single for the day and $14 for the double. The zoo also allows visitors to bring in wagons and other adult controlled ride-on toys if you want to push your kid around in their beloved plastic fire truck. Another option is the Safari Shuttle, which stops at six different spots along the perimeter of the zoo. There is an additional charge to use the shuttle. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids 2-12. But you can ride it as often as you like.
Instead of trying to do the entire zoo in a single visit, choose a few animals you really want to see and take your time. The playful chimpanzees are always a crowd pleaser - “Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains” has been hailed by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall as one of the finest chimpanzee habitats in the country.