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Monterey Zoo

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400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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We needed a quick place to eat

There isn't much up in Salinas and we just needed something quick. The staff was friendly and fun... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2015
Los Angeles, California
Now called Monterey Zoo but is it?

I was intrigued about this place when searching for a place to stay in Monterey. The experience... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2015
Great Neck, New York
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“wild things” (29 reviews)
“b b” (9 reviews)
“big cats” (8 reviews)
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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 6 June 2015

There isn't much up in Salinas and we just needed something quick. The staff was friendly and fun! The food is the same everywhere, so no frills. They have a TON of TV's for games, so that was great!

Thank worldtravelin
Reviewed 30 March 2015

I was intrigued about this place when searching for a place to stay in Monterey. The experience looked interesting but the dates didn't work out. So I really wanted to see what they had to offer and decided to make a day trip out to...More

21  Thank Tatanka49
FromOurManagement, Owner at Monterey Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

We regret that this individual expected more than we were able to provide. Although we are unsure where they saw that we "claim to be a wildlife sanctuary" or we're "applying to become a zoological park...", that information is simply not something we posted anywhere....More

Reviewed 22 March 2015

Love the animals. Will be even better when they have the new tiger and lion area done. Staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

1  Thank 22Dsquared
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Took my 2 year old grandson here. We were told it would be a Safari so naturally we were thinking that we'd be riding thru an open area watching the animals in their Natural Habitat. WRONG. It was a walking tour there were NO STROLERS...More

9  Thank DRMSR2014
Reviewed 28 January 2015

We are slept in a tent with all the comforts of home. The tour of the animals was excellent. We spent extra money to feed the lions, tigers and elephants. A elephant brought our breakfast. A freat birthday for me.

1  Thank Connie H
Reviewed 9 December 2014

A large variety of exotic animals. Very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Can't wait to see the upgrades in 2015!

1  Thank KariM1210
Reviewed 3 December 2014

A few months ago, I took my daughter & granddaughter to the park when they visited me from Arizona and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tour was geared to the children and concluded with them feeding the elephants. I highly recommend it to anyone with...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 29 November 2014

I didn't realize TripAdvisor had 2 listings for this terrific place where we visited during the weekend of November 15/16, 2014. Please see my review of "Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast." I wish I could post photos, but I can't upload them from my...More

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

Truly awesome experience. Seeing animals up close and personal, learning about them, and seeing how much staff truly cares about animals. I highly recommend doing private tour, elephant bath, feeding the big cats, and elephant bedtime. It's really a surreal experience to see an elephant,...More

Thank Bvaldez182
Reviewed 5 September 2014

We took our grandson to wild thing, the tour was excellent a lot of good information about all the animals easy to understand for younger children, highlight was feeding the elephants carrots. Good gift shop. Staff was very professional .

Thank Eveline C
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Rebecca M
3 September 2017|
Response from kayakPhil | Reviewed this property |
There all rescues or from circus or places where they couldn't stay . Great human place . Elephants have lots room in twice size football stadium and large barns at night you can feed them at night. Staff have degrees in... More
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.
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.