Zoomars – My Favorite Petting Zoo

Maruska —  March 1, 2017

ZoomarsZoomars is my kids’ favorite petting zoo and the place we visited the most since my boy was born. There is just something magical about this zoo that charms both kids and adults! What we like the most is the petting pen where you can cuddle with tons of guinea-pigs. But there are many more animals at Zoomars that you can bond with: llamas, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, emus, cows, rabbits, and ponies .

You can also pan for gemstones, hop on their mini-train, ride a horse, dive into the corn box or play at their fun brand new playground. And right now Zoomars is transformed into a fun pumpkin patch with tons of pumpkins of all sizes and shapes to choose from. Just lots of fun things to do.

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Tips:

  • Feeding the animals is something that your kids should experience. You can purchase food at the ticket counter for $4. Get the carrots instead of the broccoli/apple basket. Carrots are much easier to feed to the animals and they last much longer. Also, hold the basket for the kids otherwise it will end up on the floor in no time. Trust me on this!
  • The best time to visit is 9am because the guinea pigs are really hungry and they will run to you. Later it gets more crowded so you might need to help the kids to get the animals out of their hideout. But it isn’t a big issue. If you can’t visit early, don’t worry. I do recommend to visit during the week since it gets crowded on weekends.
  • They have picnic tables, so I normally bring a picnic with me.
  • Feeding the llamas, sheep, cows is as much fun as feeding the guinea pigs. Make sure to keep some food aside for them.
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Be Aware:

  • No regular bathrooms, but they have portable potties in the parking lot.
  • Have your kids wear closed toe shoes so that the hay doesn’t poke their little feet.

Admission:

  • Admission is $10/adult, $8/children. Children under 12 months are free.
  • These activities are extra: Horse/Pony rides $5, train rides $3, animal feeds $4, Gemstone, fossil & gold mining $8.

Deals:

Zap Pass: get 18 prepaid admissions for a total of $125. That is $7 per admission instead of $10. I bought one of these cards and I really recommend it if you are planning to go several times. It doesn’t expire and you can even share it with your friends.

Cheep Card: 10 admissions, 8 feed baskets, 5 pony rides and 5 train rides for $125.

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Hours:

Daily, 9am to 5pm.

Parking:

Zoomars has a small parking lot at the corner of Paseo Adelanto and River Street. I normally park in the indoor train station parking lot on Verdugo Street which is free for 3 hours. You can also park at Los Rios park which is just north of River Street. All three parking options are free.

Other Activities Close By:

  • The train station is just next door. My kids love watching the trains stopping and departing, it is just not something they see every day.
  • Los Rios park is also walking distance. This is a fairly large playground and it is a lot of fun.
  • The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is also walking distance.
  • Lots of restaurants on Camino Capistrano.

Address:

31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.

Maruska

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