If you’re kids are anything like mine, they LOVE animals, so a list of zoos in Orange County could probably be pretty helpful. I’m betting the Orange County Zoo at Irvine Regional Park & the Santa Ana Zoo are already on your “list.” But there are so many other options… animals petting zoos, aquariums & so many other attractions. So this week’s 12 for Tuesday will serve as your “go-to” list for where to observe & interact with animals in Orange County.

zoos in orange county

Zoos in Orange County

1. Orange County Zoo: Orange, CA
2. Santa Ana Zoo: Santa Ana, CA

Animals Petting Zoos

3. Centennial Farms: Costa Mesa, CA
4. Prehistoric Pets: Fountain Valley, CA
5. Zoomars Petting Zoo: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Aquariums in Orange County

6. Laguna Koi Ponds: Laguna Beach, CA
7. Ocean Institute: Dana Point, CA
8. Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Laguna Beach, CA

Birding California

9. Environmental Nature Center Butterfly House: Newport Beach, CA
10. Omar’s Exotic Birds: Brea & Lake Forest, CA
11. Starr Ranch Bird Observatory: Trabuco Canyon, CA
12. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary: Modjeska Canyon, CA (nature preserve & bird observation deck)

Attraction in Orange County

In addition to rides & other kids outdoor activities, these theme parks also have petting zoos:

* Adventure City Petting Zoo: Anaheim, CA
Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo: Disneyland


If you are looking for animals, zoos & aquariums out side of Orange County, or things to do in So. California check out some of these places to go…

Zoo in CA

* Los Angeles Zoo: LA, CA
* Montebello Barnyard Zoo: Montebello, CA
* San Diego Wild Animal Park: Escondido, CA
* San Diego Zoo: Balboa Park, CA
* Santa Barbara Zoo: Santa Barbara, CA

California Aquariums

* Aquarium of the Pacific: Long Beach, CA
* Birch Aquarium: La Jolla, CA
* Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: San Pedro, CA
* Round House Aquarium: Manhattan Beach, CA
* Santa Monica Pier Aquarium: Santa Monica, CA
* Sea Life Aquarium: Carlsbad, CA
* Sea World: San Diego, CA

xoxo, K

p.s. Animal Adventures & zoos in Orange County are always fun, but we have lots of other ideas of what to do in Orange County.