If you find that L.A. zoo is a bit too hectic and overcrowded this weekend, you may want to explore a different zoo that is located nearby in Griffith Park. Nope, there are no animals here… what? Then how can it be a zoo? Well, there used to be, and now it’s just abandoned. The cool thing is the cages are left open for you to go in, explore, and see what it’s like to be stucked in those cages. This place is amazingly cool, unique, and so much fun to explore. This is the perfect playground for people of all ages. Younger kids will have fun crawling and hopping in and out of cages while adults won’t feel awkward doing the same while taking some cool artsy photos. Oh, yes, this place is also free and parking is free.
My friends and I came to visit this place on a weekend late in the afternoon around 5pm. There were not that many people there. A few family will stroll in but this place rarely gets crowded, which is great because it will be pretty cramp if there are a lot of people trying to crawl through little cages at the same time.
Once you make a turn at the intersection, stay left, and you will see a sign for “Old Zoo Picnic Area”, then turn left (don’t keep going straight uphill), and then you will see a row of cars park on your left. You can find a parking spot here; however, if it’s a weekend, you may have a hard time, so it’s okay to turn around and go find parking somewhere else. From the parking lot, continue to walk up hill and then you will see a giant open field of grass. Across the field, you will see a giant lion king style structure with three “doors”. Well, if you see this, then you’re in the right place.