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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 13:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed 28 December 2015

Family with one teenager visited this evening. This was a good way to spend an hour walking around the zoo and enjoying the lights. There was some great smelling food available for purchase and lots of people carrying around coffee & hot chocolate. Besides the...More

Thank 8675309bergman
Reviewed 27 December 2015

We loved this zoo and gardens more than any other we have ever visited. Since our visit was in December, the Christmas lights were decorating the grounds, and after dark it was pure magic. The hikes here are so wonderful, and seeing the animals in...More

Thank Adelle I
Reviewed 27 December 2015

We received some gift passes to the zoo and decided to go. The weather was cool for much else. Our girls are 10 and 11. Like most other zoo's there are always neat things to see. Upon entering, we saw the giraffe feeding...very entertaining. About...More

1  Thank Jason H
Reviewed 27 December 2015

This may very well be the best tourist attraction in the whole Coachella Valley. The concentration is on flora and fauna of North America and Africa. Fairly good quality food at their snack stands.

1  Thank Jim P
Reviewed 26 December 2015

Interesting zoo featuring North America, Africa, Gardens exhibits. There is a sizable admission and you also pay ala carte for entrance into butterfly display, donkey rides, and reeding giraffes. Some of the displays are small for the animals, we saw a pacing mountain lion which...More

Thank lovestotravel00
Reviewed 25 December 2015

this is an amazing place where you can up close and personal with some amazing animals like feeding the giraffes that roam free on a savannah. beautiful at holiday time where it is decorated with a million lights. this is a must see

Thank maureengrace
Reviewed 24 December 2015

Great place! Can't spend all day here, but it's great for a half day! Lots to see and do! GO early in the summer months!

Thank JuliePadgett
Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

It is a decent zoo, but we were lured there by signs for the butterfly exhibit. The butterflies cost extra - so we don't go. The whole way around the zoo, we kept coming across activities that cost extra.

1  Thank WesternTraveler60
Reviewed 24 December 2015

This zoo is nicely situated, large and well-maintained. It also offers various zoo keeper chats and shows throughout the day. Here is my issue with this zoo: the admission includes only that--admission to the zoo. Want to see the featured attraction (butterflies in this case)?...More

3  Thank shannon c
Reviewed 23 December 2015

Visiting the Living Desert over the holidays is a must for the young and old. All the lights are so much fun with lots of exhibits and tours. For a small zoo you get a lot of buck !

Thank Dianainaspen
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27 March 2017|
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
Judith P
20 March 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes, we have adult push-carts available free of charge, but we ask for a small donation. The push-carts are at a first-come first-serve basis.
3 February 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Hop on HWY 111 and go South East. Stay on 111 for about 6 miles and then make a right onto Portola. We are on Portola on your left hand side 47900 Portola Ave in Palm Desert