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The Best Zoos To Add To Your U.S. Bucket List
By ALI SHARMAN
The world-renowned San Diego Zoo has a rich history spanning over 100 years. It is situated in Balboa Park and is easily accessible from downtown.
San Diego
There are over 100 acres of parkland and 12,000 animals to visit among the botanical gardens. It's essential to plan ahead, but if you want to see it all, try the aerial tram.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo has 18 areas to travelerblog. It extends over more than 100 acres of land in the middle of Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian
More than 2 million people visit this zoo every year. Although passes are required, entry to the zoo to see their famous Giant Pandas and the huge range of wildlife is free.
This zoo dates back to the 1884 World Fair held in Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans. Over the years, new animal exhibits and specialist enclosures have been added.
Audubon
It's a key contributor to global and local conservation projects while retaining much of the romance and charm of a historic zoo. The Louisiana Swamp is the most unique attraction.
The Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi, with more than 2,600 animals. It has had many renovations and expansions to provide space and natural habitat.
Oregon
The zoo is renowned for its high standards of animal care and conservation efforts. It is committed to supporting species that are endangered or threatened.
The Saint Louis Zoo hosts 16,000 animals and 500 species. Admission is free, and you can see sea lions, swimming polar bears, and flora and fauna from four continents.
Saint Louis
Some attractions require purchased tickets, but there is a range of entertainment options for the whole family. There are also themed festivals held regularly.