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Monterey Zoo

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400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
+1 831-455-1901
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Fabulous experience.

We really enjoyed our overnight stay. Our tent was first class, with all the amenities of a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Brigit K
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Dixon, California
Awesome Trip

I took my kids here. They had a blast seeing different animals. It also a guided a tour and we... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Bryan C
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Daly City, 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 good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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“wild things” (29 reviews)
“big cats” (9 reviews)
“vip tour” (6 reviews)
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Hours
Hours Today: 13:00 - 14:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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+1 831-455-1901
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"wild things"
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"big cats"
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"vip tour"
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"elephant feeding"
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"bed and breakfast"
in 5 reviews
"animal lovers"
in 5 reviews
"water buffalo"
in 4 reviews
"african elephants"
in 4 reviews
"great place to take kids"
in 2 reviews
"general tour"
in 2 reviews
"amazing animals"
in 2 reviews
"glass panel"
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"lions roaring"
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"wonderful place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"retirement home"
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"bengal tiger"
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"well taken care"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed our overnight stay. Our tent was first class, with all the amenities of a first class hotel. The roars of the lions at night were interesting! The highlight was having our very complete breakfast delivered to us in the morning by a...More

Thank Brigit K
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

I took my kids here. They had a blast seeing different animals. It also a guided a tour and we bought the elephant feeding option. Great trip over all.

Thank Bryan C
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Although the Monterey zoo is small, it is a wonderful place to visit. The animals are well taken care of, and the habitats are quite nice. They are in the process of enlarging some of the habitats and making it compliant with regulations needed for...More

Thank Vicki B
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

They only offer guided tours around the zoo, a great way to know about the animals there and where they came from. You can really see the animals are well-taken cared of. The enclosures are clean and animals seemed happy and relaxed (even with visitors...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Really a good place to visit. Take the feeding shows in the afternoon and you get to see up close and personal and feed Lynx, Bengal Tiger and African Elephants. Staff are experienced and nice.

1  Thank piancov
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This place is really cool, its not what you expect from a Zoo, its much more private cozy and personal, great story tellers and you can feed the elephants, there are options to stay overnight as well and the tour is very informative and fun.

1  Thank Daniele G
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

The vip tour well worth time and money if u want to leave with a Christmas card photo. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time.

Thank Bailey T
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

We booked a package here thru groupon and all four of us had a good time. We timed it to do the tour at 1:00 and then were able to check in by 2:30 - 3:00. They then bring by a few animals on leashes...More

1  Thank Duker20
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Pictures in brochure are misleading. All the pictures of animals on leashes and on shoulders or around necks are not true. These are pictures of staff with the animals. Not guests. There are no snakes as in the advertisement. One monkey in a cage. You...More

1  Thank sandygreenberg
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We enjoyed seeing the animals and the tour guide teaching us about the animals. We paid $7 extra each to feed an elephant some carrots. That was fun. The cost of admission is $17 for adults and I think $14 for kids. In my opinion...More

1  Thank Kathy D
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sydqueenofreturns
8 November 2017|
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Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
We regret you feel that way but as many might be unaware one, our pricing reflects the minimum necessary to keep our facility running while offering our animals the quality of life they need and deserve. Our tours our staff... More
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Rebecca M
3 September 2017|
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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
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nanabakker
13 April 2017|
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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.
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