The Sacramento Zoo makes for a perfect family outing in Sacramento. Located in one of the city's loveliest neighborhoods, Land Park, the zoo covers 14 acres and houses 140 native, rare, and endangered animal species. Highlights include lemurs, tigers, giraffes, orangutans, a reptile house that kids love, and highly endangered snow leopards.
The zoo's mission is to inspire awareness of animals through education and recreational activities. For instance, the zoo hosts many annual events for families that celebrate the environment and teach kids about conservation.
A few tips for visitors: There are small playgrounds inside the zoo. Save time for the zoo train. Weekends tend to be very crowded. Because Sacramento is often hot, visit in the morning before many animals nap for the entire afternoon. In the center is a cafe selling food in animal-themed boxes; you can buy food there or bring snacks and take a break on the tables. Free on-street parking is available across from the zoo.