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“Fun and educational for the whole family”

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
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Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Palm Desert
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
Sacramento, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun and educational for the whole family”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

We visited the Living Desert on a lovely spring day--perfect weather-not too hot, not too cool. In fact, a tip for future visitors would be to arrive as soon as they open, while the animals are still active. Otherwise it gets too warm and they all just nap or hide in their cool burrows and caves. Plan for a lot of walking; this place is pretty big. They do offer all day tram passes for $3-5/day, but you can easily walk the entire zoo (little ones may get tired, so bring your stroller). Another tip: Bring bottled water, and maybe a snack, so little ones can make it through the entire park before needing something to eat and drink--food there is expensive. It was super neat to see desert animals not indigenous to this country. They have giraffe feeding from 10-1o:30 am. The new addition, a jaguar, is amazing. My favorite animal had to be the meercats--so cute and very active. Everything at this place is geared towards encouraging conservation. When in Palm Desert, this is a great place to visit, particularly for families.

Visited April 2012
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127 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit!”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

Don't visit Palm Desert without going to the Living Desert Zoo. There is something for young and old.

Visited April 2012
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Palm Desert, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
“Even if you have only a week-end, don't miss this!”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

A zoo and botanical garden combined.... a huge outdoor model train exhibit, many zoo animals in natural settings, not in cages. An animal hospital, interactive children activities (both inside and outside), a shuttle to take you around if you're tired or mobility challenged, and even a carousel. There's a nursery where you can buy desert plants, food, and gift shop. The botanical garden is arranged in differing kinds of deserts, worldwide. This is exceptional. Allow at least two hours... or more if you don't walk fast!

Visited March 2012
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Kids will love this”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

Lots of animals, a healthy walk and a good show by the birds and animals

Visited April 2012
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Palm Springs, California
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“An intimate zoo!”
Reviewed 6 April 2012

So you've been to the San Diego Zoo and you think it isn't necessary to see any other zoo. Well, this one will give you a much more hands on intimate look at a zoo in a natural setting. Quite charming.

Visited October 2011
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