The LA Zoo is a great place to visit and see animals that most people will never see in their entire life. It's one of the few places you can still visit without having to spend a fortune, e.g. San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Disneyland, etc. Kids love it; they have lots of open spaces, a playground for the kids and good exhibits. For those complaining about animals in captivity, STOP. Zoos across the country are constantly helping with endagered species. I believe the LA Zoo played a great role in bringing back the California Condor population. All in all, you can go to the LA Zoo and park for free, spend a lot less money than you would elsewhere just to see the same animals you would at the San Diego Zoo.