Monterey ZooCurrently Closed
- Address: 400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908, USA, United States
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Zoo, Family And Kids
Monterey Zoo is located at the Vision Quest Ranch in Salinas. Zoos, when well-maintained and well-kept, are a safe haven for animals and a source of knowledge and even entertainment for people; and Monterey Zoo in Salinas, California strives to ensure the highest zoo keeping standards. This beautiful zoo features the usual array of 100 plus exotic animals from spiders, lions, tigers, African elephants, camels and other safari animals around the world. Also you can see birds, bears, reptiles, bugs and many more unique animals. However as a bonus you can enjoy activities like feeding the elephants and have any questions about the animals on display answered by knowledgeable zoo keepers. Running a full-time educational program, this zoo has a good reach to several adults and children all year round. To add to the wilderness vibe of the zoo is the rustic Vision Quest Safari B&B that presents you a unique opportunity of spending a night with all the elements of a safari B&B (Safari bed and breakfast)! The ambiance is perfect for a day out with the family and do not forget to include your kids as minors enjoy the unique zoological experience of Monterey Zoo the most.
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Monterey zoo tickets for daily tours -
- Adults: USD 16
- Child: USD 14
- Meet and Greet: USD 7
Private Tours -
- Adults: USD 25
- Child: USD 18
- Monterey zoo timing: 1 pm – 2:30 pm
- Close on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
- Monterey zoo 2018 Summer Camps are July 9-13 and August 6-10.
Monterey zoo tours hours -
- Everyday: 1 pm
- June – August: 3 pm
- Rental cars and taxi service
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Be aware that you can not walk around freely. It is a guided tour. We loved feeding the elephants (costs extra).
It's not your average zoo. I really like the tour set up. The tour guides walk you through and give you info about the species and about the specific animal your checking out. It's probably not a great place to take photos of most of the animals because they're behind chain link but they are in the process of getting bigger spaces for the animals. The elephant feeding was pretty neat. You can definitely tell each elephant has a different personality lol. The area that holds the bears, tigers and lions was awesome. Love that they have some clear glass to up close to the animals. If you haven't been before make sure to add it to your list. If you have been there before......I think the next step is to say at the bed and breakfast.
It's so fun specially for the kids. Many exotic animals over there like Lions, Siberian tigers, other large cats. The other exciting activity though it's feeding the elephants. The cons is it just opens at 1:00pm and tours are only available at 1:00 and 3:00. It's good if you have other plans like visiting Monterrey or Carmel in the afternoon.
After visiting the Monterey Zoo, I found the experience very rewarding, and I was very impressed with the owner, staff, and the obvious love, and care provided to the animals! There is a bed and breakfast that could only be amazing, and I will be returning to one day experience this special zoo and stay. As far as the negative comments, I think there will always be people that cannot be made happy. The animals were healthy and happy, and I say see for yourself...you wont be disappointed! Highly suggest such a good cause, and a place that clearly cares about animals!
Wonderful experience! Small, quiet (extremely important to me) & our guide Chandler was so knowledgeable. 1/2 hour guided tour & then about 1/2 hour on our own. So peaceful. Looking forward to going again soon.