Monday, May 2, 2011

Zoomars Petting Zoo

31791 Los Rios Street
San Juan Cpstrno, CA 92675

(949) 831-6550

Kids - $5
Adults - $6
Seniors - $5
Infants, 12 months and under - Free

The zoo does not have its own parking. There is street parking and parking at the park next door.

Stroller/wheelchair accessibility
There is no designated stroller parking; most people just leave their stroller near the gates.

Restroom facilities
Porta potties and changing station


The first stop is always at the bunny/guinea pig area. There is a coin-operated dispenser where you can buy pellets for a quarter. You can also purchase feed (sliced carrots, celery, and lettuce) for $2 at the cashiers. My son is getting older that I don't have to remind him to be gentle with the animals; although he does get very excited feeding the rabbits. We stop by every animal in the zoo. Zoomars is not a big place, but big enough. They have goats, sheep, emu, llamas, alpaca, ostrich, turtle, birds, donkey, ponies, a cow, and more. He pets whatever animal he can get close too, which makes me nervous because he is so fearless. Some, like the birds, are caged, so there is no access. For a fee, kids can ride a train ($2) and pony ($5), and we do ride the train every time. It goes around in a small circle several times. He just loves it. There is a big wooden playground with swings, slides, and playhouse where my son usually spends some time playing.
Our family experience
My son enjoys going to Zoomars. We usually spend about 1 - 1.5 hours when we are there. It is definitely worth it since he gets to be around animals and learns how to behave around them. Pretty soon, I will have to learn some interesting facts about these animals so I can teach my son. Zoomars is near a park, an Amtrak station, and lots of cute cafes, not to mention Mission San Juan Capistrano. I would definitely suggest making it a day trip: come in by train, visit the Mission, walk about the Los Rios historical district, have lunch at a cafe or a picnic at the park, with Zoomars as the highlight before heading home.

Tickets to Zoomars are sometimes on sale at Deal of the Day sites like Living Social and Groupon. I suggest calling beforehand to see if there is a field trip or a birthday party because it does get crowded. The goats are very aggressive and will jump on people to get food. Enter the goat area before your child does to get between the goat and your child. There is a park with restroom facilities next to Zoomars. I suggest closed toe shoes, especially for the little ones.
Thanks to Zoomars for sponsoring this giveaway.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Tickets to the attraction in this review were purchased by my family. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. Facebook is not associated, in any way, with this giveaway.