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The Abandoned Zoo Ruins of Griffith Park

Holllywood, Los Angeles, United States

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Experience hosted by Hadley

60 mins
Up to 9 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Roam the grounds and explore the abandoned animal haunts of the Old Zoo at Griffith Park, which closed over 50 years ago. Serving as the city zoo from 1912 to 1966, the L.A. Zoo contained thousands of animals and hosted tens of thousands of visitors each year at its peak. The site under Griffith Park's Bee Rock Trail is now filled with fascinating ruins, empty animal enclosures, "natural" habitats, secret stairways, and hidden paths. We'll recount tales of individual animals, such as the murderous polar bear, Ivan the Terrible, and Topsy, the camel with two broken humps, as we hike around the site, visiting the forgotten enclosures and breathing in fresh Griffith Park air!
Roam the grounds and explore the abandoned animal haunts of the Old Zoo at Griffith Park, which closed over 50 years ago. Serving as the city zoo from 1912 to 1966, the L.A. Zoo contained thousands of animals and hosted tens of thousands of visitors each year at its peak. The site under Griffith Park's Bee Rock Trail is now filled with fascinating ruins, empty animal enclosures, "natural" habitats, secret stairways, and hidden paths. We'll recoun…

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/ person
Sun, Feb 14
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$28 per person
$28 per person

Meet your host, Hadley

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Hi. I’m Hadley, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am a journalist based in Los Angeles. I primarily write about hidden and forgotten Los Angeles histories and consider myself an inquisitive urban explorer. I have a personal mission to make the past accessible to everyone. I have led tours for both Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art for many years.
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Where you'll be

We will be exploring the ruins of the old L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, a beautiful, mysterious place filled with historic artifacts. We will walk approximately 3/4 of a mile.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Malinda
March 2020
A great way to learn about a bit of history for Griffith Park. Hadley provided a wonderful history lesson as we walked around and looked at the old cages.
Deborah
January 2020
We had so much fun! Brought a friend and we took soooo many photos and totally enjoyed it. Been wanting to do this for years and am glad we did. If you know where you are going (we didn't) the abandoned zoo isn't that hard to find. But Hadley had so much more with her stories of the zoo's dark history, the Griffith family, where the zoo was suppose to be located and more. I'm so glad I took the tour and didn't just look around on my own. The stories brought so much more to the adventure.
We had so much fun! Brought a friend and we took soooo many photos and totally enjoyed it. Been wanting to do this for years and am glad we did. If you know where you are going…
Julia
November 2019
Was an interesting and easy hike in an unusual and beautiful corner of Griffith Park. My husband and teens all enjoyed the trivia, the views, exploring and taking pictures at the old LA zoo ruins.
Scott
January 2020
The host is very knowledgeable.
Lee
January 2020
Great experience highly recommend! Knowledgeable tour guide, fun experience
Paul
January 2020
Hadley did her research. Lots of fascinating stories and anecdotes. A great experience.

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  • Sun, Feb 14
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $28 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 9 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water bottle

Walking shoes