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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert, California

47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, California

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    • Teens (13+)
  • Visited: September 2013
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
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Desert gardens and animals

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To beat the desert heat, plan to arrive to the Living Desert when it opens. Check the schedule upon arriving so you don't miss animal feedings and demonstrations.

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Calabasas, California

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    • Little kids (3-5)
  • Visited: July 2013
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2013
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Great way to spend the morning

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BRING BOTTLED DRINKS - water and Gatorade are for sale in the park, but at $3 each! It gets VERY hot (especially since there's quite a bit of walking), so you will need to stay hydrated. Sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat are also good. As someone else noted, there's quite a distance between some exhibits so bring a stroller or pay the extra fee to ride the tram. Get there as SOON as it opens to try to beat the heat. To the left of the veterinary center doors are some animals that are undergoing special treatment; since they're in glass you can really see them up close.

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We had a great chicken finger meal at the Daily Grill on the way back to our hotel ($7 for the most delicious chicken fingers, fries, drink, and even an ice cream for dessert!)

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"I liked the [train] tracks!" <-- Figures: we take him to an amazing zoo and the thing he can't stop talking about is the big TRAIN exhibit :)

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Ottawa, Ontario

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  • Visited: January 2013
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
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Enjoyable morning

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I think it is key to go at opening - even in January it was warm by early afternoon when we left. As well, it is a looong way between attractions when you are walking with kids - there is a shuttle that you can pay to ride around on for the day but if you plan on walking, make sure your kids are up to it or make sure to take strollers. There are coupons online for $2 or $3 off admission, making it a bit more affordable.

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