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Monterey Zoo

#5 of 30 things to do in Salinas Features Animals
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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Not child friendly...

I brought my 2 year old grandchild here and was sadly disappointed. The cost for admission was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wife s lifelong dream to be close to elephants

Lots fun and clamping tents with showers. Cools off evening . Wouldn't come in hottest mo year. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fillmore, California
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Monterey Zoo and see a collection of over 100 animals as this zoo is fast becoming a premier Monterey Attraction. Currently under construction but still open daily for all to see the progress and hopefully help support this special effort to improve the quality of life for the animals and the community that enjoys them.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 14:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I brought my 2 year old grandchild here and was sadly disappointed. The cost for admission was ridiculous and, I guess, the only way to view the animals is with a "guided tour." A two-year-old could care less about a guided tour. He quickly tired...More

Thank C L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots fun and clamping tents with showers. Cools off evening . Wouldn't come in hottest mo year. We were here Jun 16. They have viewing area to see elephants and water buffalo and a zebra. You can pay extra and put elephants to bed and...More

Thank kayakPhil
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were impressed with the clean, well cared for animals. The tour guild was interesting and answered all questions. We were told a little about each resident and each animal was respected, no pressure to disrupt the animals if they were sleeping or not interested...More

2  Thank Rebekajean
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our visit to this zoo/ sanctuary. Rusty our tour guide was very informative. We only saw animals who wanted to be seen. We paid extra to feed Butch the elephant carrots because I adore elephants. It is amazing to look up into the...More

1  Thank Donna T
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A while ago, Charles brought his lion, Joseph, to our TV show 'Touched by an Angel' and I got to take a picture with this beautiful lion....then Charles invited us to Wild Things and a tour....where we had a great time. Charles and Wild Things...More

1  Thank dennis l
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Came here with my teen daughter. Guide Rusty was very knowledgeable and nice. Explained different facts about the animals there. Lot of animals were in the TV /movie business and now retired. Staff there seemed to care a lot about the animals. Nice they are...More

3  Thank 1mom2004
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is more than just a zoo, it is a home for animals that you get to meet up close and personal. Feeding the elephants was a big hit with the kids, us too! There are a lot of animals here that are now retired...More

1  Thank PacificGroveGary
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Fantastic place to take children and families. Out of the city to the zoo. Close to Salinas and there is always a tour guide going along to answer questions

Thank jeannie524
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Always wanted to interact with and feed an Elephant. Not many places that this is available in the U.S. not even in San Diego with our wonderful zoo. Soooo I researched and found this little gem. All of the animals are rescues and they seem...More

Thank BernieRose
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Love this place! My boyfriend at the time proposed to me in the big cat bungalow. We had a fantastic time bathing and feeding the elephants! When family members visit we always make sure to bring them here!

Thank rebeccamat135
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are you open if it is raining?
13 April 2017|
Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
We are although some exhibits and activities might be closed for the health and safety of the animals. It's all dependent upon how bad the weather is but we generally stop open rain or shine.
How far is it from Monterey? Is there public transportation or do you need a cab or Uber😄
5 August 2016|
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Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
Uber or a cab is in fact currently the best choices at this point. We hope our future will include transportation to and from Monterey and our zoo.
What does a tour cost?
22 February 2015|
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Response from KRANDCO | Reviewed this property |
A general tour of the zoo portion is included with your stay. There are a variety of other tours and activities (feedings, putting the elephants to bed etc.) that are extra. Check out their web site as all of the activities... More