There are many fun activities to do when you are in Southern California. A lot of these once-in-a-lifetime day trips are centered around local wildlife attractions. Whether you are in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, or San Diego counties, a fun family experience is not far off the path. Let’s take a look at some of the best local wildlife attractions in Southern California!
San Diego Zoo
This Balboa Park-based zoo is home to over 3,700 animals that span over 650 different species. With conservation on the mind, the San Diego Zoo were the pioneers in making open-air, cageless exhibits to create a better life for animals. Since that groundbreaking moment, the San Diego Zoo has also come to the forefront in breeding the giant panda. Not only can you meet the bears in person, but you can watch these adorable things all day online on the San Diego Zoo website.
Wildlife Learning Center
This Los Angeles-based wildlife attraction is a sanctuary for animals who were kept illegally or treated poorly at a zoo. They have a wide variety of animals that you can get up-close-and-personal with including a python, sloth, and a bald eagle. The Wildlife Learning Center is small. They rely on every donation and all the money goes directly to the animals. This is a great alternative to a zoo.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Who doesn’t love the beauty of vibrant aquarium tanks? The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has 100 local species on exhibit. It also offers many educational opportunities for young ones, including petting zoos. This aquarium has almost daily activities. One of the most popular is Shark Sunday!
Goat yoga is all the rage right now. That’s why you must check out this Ventura County hotspot. As you do yoga led by certified instructors, goats are free to roam around, including up and down your back! Be sure to bring your own mat, and a towel to get the dirt off! If you’re not a yoga enthusiast and just want to play with goats, no worries! The goats want to play with you too.
This Orange County animal attraction is the greatest educational experience for both kids and adults alike. There are plenty of hands-on activities that allow you to learn such as whale watching trips, kayak harbor tours, and even a bioluminescence night cruise. The Ocean Institute allows you to not only see animals up close and in their natural habitats but learn about them as well.