The park was cleared to welcome guests to its outdoor areas, though indoor aquariums must stay closed, according to Began Glassmen, a spokesman for San Diego County, which confirmed the decision Wednesday. The attraction, the company’s original theme park, has been closed since March due to the pandemic.
Knot’s Berry Farm, owned by Cedar Fair LP, partly opened in July for a food festival, but its rides remain closed. Zoos and museums have won clearance to open by the state under a different set of guidelines than those that will govern theme parks.
The small, bushy Meerut crawled out of its dusty home Wednesday morning and lifted itself atop the highest rock. For one, the people this small African mongoose saw weren’t the usual humans that it had observed for the past few months.
In the coronavirus era, the zoo experience has been stripped down to its barest bones to conform with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s safety protocols. Gone is the days of giraffe feedings, peering into telescopes to spy on zebras, or crowding along the fence to watch knobby flamingos stretch their wings.
Additional signage reminds visitors to keep six feet apart, and markers on the asphalt show people where to go next. In April, zoo officials announced increased safety measures for their employees and animals after a tiger in New York tested positive for the coronavirus.
Employees overseeing mammals were given personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves and were encouraged to practice social distancing. After living in relative isolation, Keller said some animals such as markets and chimpanzees were hyper-aware of human behavior, including zoo staff.
Rachel NGO, 37, of Sherman Oaks said her family had memberships to the zoo but had to buy general admission tickets because reservations were already full. “We’ve been trapped inside too long,” said Jamie Poorboy, 32, who was among the first people in line with her 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte.
The June 15 reopening will involve restrictions and safety protocols to minimize the chances of large crowds grouped too closely together, zoo director Jason Jacobs said. Jacobs said the zoo, a nonprofit organization, relies on admission and membership revenue to operate and care for nearly 500 animals.
Officials have asked the public to help support the nonprofit to help care for the animals by donating to the zoo’s emergency fund. Sacramento said zoo representatives from Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego held a conference call with state officials two weeks ago discussing safety steps that would allow zoos to reopen.
The zoo closed on March 13 to slow the spread of coronavirus, which causes the infectious respiratory disease COVID-19. He covers transportation, housing and development and previously was the paper’s City Hall beat reporter.
With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.
the grounds of SeaWorld San Diego reopen Friday the 28th with reduced capacity, an altered identity and Friday-through Sunday hours. Billing itself as SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, the marine-themed park at Mission Bay is opening a 40-acre outdoor area with many of its most popular animal presentations and exhibits along with barbecue, fish tacos and beer from several local breweries.
Through at least Sept. 27, the park will be open Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., plus Labor Day Monday, Sept 7. Animal presentations are to include Orca Encounter, Sea Lions Live and Dolphin Days.
Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Lego land California theme parks remain closed, though some adjacent shops and hotels are open.) Southern California blazes included the Lake fire (in Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes; 31,089 acres; 70% contained), and Ranch2 fire (in Angeles National Forest’s San Gabriel Canyon north of Abuse; 4,237 acres and 96% contained).
Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency last week to free up more firefighting resources. At, visitors can bring umbrellas and coolers and relax, and all county-operated beach parking lots are again open.
We at this point have no plans to close them,” said L.A. County Beaches and Harbors Department spokeswoman Nicole Moo radian on Tuesday. The governor’s order also forced more than two dozen counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside, to shutter gyms, houses of worship, hair salons, malls and other businesses.
In other areas, Monrovia Canyon Park is open to visitors who get tickets in advance from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Most Los Angeles County trails will remain open, but Eaton Canyon Natural Area in Pasadena requires reservations because of overcrowding.
Long Beach’s Belmont Pool reopened June 29 for lap swimming and water exercise, reservations required, showers closed. Though city golf courses and tennis courts have reopened and parks are open, city recreation centers, aquatic facilities, skate parks, playgrounds, baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts remain closed.
The idea, city officials have written, is for local residents (not visitors from across town) “to gain access to more space for recreation activities in their neighborhoods, while protecting Angeles from overcrowding on sidewalks and promoting social distancing.” Residents can apply for “slow street” status and see a map on a city Transportation Department website. Hiking, biking and horseback riding on trails and in parks also are permitted under the county’s health order.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which straddles Los Angeles and Ventura counties, has reopened most of its trails, parking lots, overlooks and restrooms. Like other agencies, the National Park Service urges hikers to wear face coverings and keep their distance from others.
• They have closed an area that includes its Cottonwood, Spunky Canyon and Sawmill-Liebre campgrounds, along with a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. • In connection with the Ranch2 fire, Northbound Highway 39 (San Gabriel Canyon Road) has been closed at Sierra Made Avenue.
In the San Bernardino National Forest, most trails, trailheads, picnic areas and campgrounds are open. But the Apple fire has blackened a substantial area of the forest near San Gorgon Pass.
In the Los Padres National Forest, trails and campgrounds are open, except for what’s called the Punch bowl Area in Santa Paula Canyon, which will remain closed until Sept. 30. Hordes of visitors and excessive litter (toilet paper and human feces) prompted officials to shut the narrow Last Chance Trail in the JAI District as well as Big Cone, Cross and Jackson Hole campgrounds.
In the Cleveland National Forest, trails are open but check the website for the status of campgrounds. All of California’s 11 national parks and recreation areas are now open, though many of their campgrounds and other features are closed.
After a pandemic-related closure of about five months, outdoor portions of San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island have reopened. California Zoos and aquariums make a great destination for a day trip.
From the moment visitors arrive, their experience begins, as a view into the African Savanna from the parking lot greets them before entering the zoo through a modern interpretation of a California craftsman bungalow style building with its ticket booths, restrooms, and gift shop. Inside, the zoo is divided into regions, and exhibit highlights include a world-renowned lemur forest for five endangered species of lemurs from Madagascar, a soothing setting for a family group of western lowland gorillas, an Australian exhibit with its kangaroos and wallabies.
The LA Zoo has also been instrumental in the success and ongoing conservation efforts of resurrecting the California condor back from the edge of extinction. There are nearly 4,000 animals living at the San Diego Zoo along with a botanical collection of over 700,000 plants.
If you are looking for a unique zoo experience it offers a Backstage Pass which a private tour and reserved seating at shows. Specializing in exotic and endangered species, the zoo is involved in several global conservation projects and hosts a variety of educational programs on its 14.5-acre property in William Land Park, in Sacramento, California.
Visitors of all ages will be impressed by the extensive roster of animals which includes lemurs, zebras, red pandas and snow leopards just to name a few. The main focus here is to “promote responsible and appropriate behavior toward all animals.” Even though the zoo is a sanctuary it’s still a great place for a family day trip destination within easy travel distance of Sacramento.
And if checking out all the animals is not enough incentive to get your kids off the couch and into the car, there is always the train ride to seal the deal. One of the best things about the zoo is that all the animal’s houses in it are in need of permanent protection and cannot be safely released into the wild.
All the animals and plants are native California’s species and the museum has been set up to educate the public. A trip to the Fresno Zoo is like taking a little mini exotic vacation right in the center of California.
A popular central California destination is Atascadero’s Lake Park Complex. The park is home to the Charles Paddock Zoo and the Veterans Memorial Tribute.
The Living Desert Zoo is located 15 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California. This 1,200-acre exotic learning center provides the perfect environment for adults and kids alike to experience the majesty of wild animals and exquisite desert gardens in a stunning natural setting.
One of the park’s more unique features is an authentic replica of a village found in northeast Africa, known as the Watts. The Birch Aquarium was established in 1903 to conduct marine research in the local waters.
The researchers found so much information that they outgrew the laboratory that was located in a boathouse at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. The Sea Life experience is a family voyage to the depths of the oceans, presenting the wonders of the underwater world to them in a fun and educational way.
The main attractions at Sea Life Aquarium are the Lost City of Atlantis a 200,000-gallon ocean display featuring sharks, rays and tropical creatures swimming through a LEGO® excavation, as well as a 35-foot-long acrylic tunnel allowing guests to view all the sea creatures up close. The main focus of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is its more than 35,000 sea creatures representing over 550 species that are housed in nearly 200 exhibits throughout 34 major galleries.
The Stein hart Aquarium is part of the California Academy of Sciences located in Golden Gate Park. Cabrillo Aquarium has a good selection of exhibits and fish tanks that exclusively display Southern California marine life.
Lifeguard Bob Foster would display his collection of ocean artifacts to the delight of visitors to the beach. Touch tanks along with aquariums display fish and sea creatures from the Santa Monica Bay.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located in a secluded inland valley near Escondido, California. Lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, and gazelles roam freely with each other in something in a natural environment.
Visitors board a Safari Trolley (included with admission) and take a two-and-a-half-mile tram tour around the park. The 1.5-hour tour starts with a quick informational overview in the barn where you will see different types of taxidermy antelope.