If you live in Orange County and would like to spend a day meeting new animal friends, pet or brush goats, or even take a train ride to see peacocks running around and spy owls in trees, then the Orange County Zoo nestled inside the Irvine Regional Park is just for you.


The zoo may be small in size but they still have an array of animals in their natural habitats. The animals on exhibit include mountain lions, black bears, bald eagle, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, coyotes, turkey vultures, tortoise, and pigs plus reptiles like snakes, lizards, and iguanas.

Throughout the one-hour visit, we met several animals including a tortoise, owl, and a black bear along with a short and meaningful presentation from the zookeepers on site.

Since it was a school field trip, I opted for the docent-guided educational tour which is approximately one hour in length and cost $3 per person. If you’re planning on visiting without a school group (aka no docent), the entrance fee is still inexpensive, costing $2 per person, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

And the fun doesn’t end at the zoo. The Irvine Regional Park offers an educational train ride around the park, horsebackriding, bikes and paddle bikes for rent, plus playground and lunch table amenities to enjoy an afternoon outside in nature. It’s definitely a field trip worth taking. Click here for more information.