Zoomars Petting Zoo! Worth the ride

Kid Friendly Fun Near North County San Diego - Carlsbad

April 11, 2018

Zoomars Petting Zoo is just a short drive from North County.  It's approximately 37 miles by car from Carlsbad. For added adventure take Amtrak with your lil' train enthusiast to San Juan train station just steps away from the entrance. 

This sweet family friendly zoo is geared towards preschoolers but all ages are sure to have fun. The zoo is a special home to pigs, ponies, goats, llamas, bunnies, sheep and the famous 100 guinea pigs! So famous that their guinea pig Gillie now has his own book, The Tale of Guinea Pig authored by the zoo’s owner Carolyn Franks. (It's a really cute story- my kids LOVE it)

There are also other activities besides feeding and petting the sweet animals. There is small train ride, a mining stand, pony rides and a playground. For little ones, the show stopper is the the corn kernel play area. The smaller kids are able to take off their shoes and jump in the tactile, sensory filled space and play with toys that are provided. 

For the past 30 years Zoomars zoo has charmed more than three million visitors.  

Zoomers has fresh veggies available to feed the animals.

Just released and inspired by Gillie himself, the story being read below is The Tale of Gillie the Guinea Pig. It was proudly authored by the owner of Zoomars and illustrated by a regular visitor and fan of the zoo. 

Similar to a ball pit or sand box area but BETTER is Zoomar's play area filled with corn kernels! 

Before or after your animal visit there is plenty to see and visit in close proximity. 

San Juan Capistrano is best known for its beautiful Mission, attracting tourists worldwide. It's also a place where thousands of visitors come every March to watch the Annual Return of the Swallows. There are plenty of food, shopping and coffee options. 

The area where the petting zoo is located is called Los Rios and is in a beautiful historic district and is one of California's oldest residential neighborhoods. The landscaping and flowers are so eye catching! Enjoy a slow stroll around the pretty and pleasant historic neighborhood.   

A visit to Zoomars Petting Zoo can be a lovely outing, train ride and afternoon for everyone in the family. The area itself is so spectacular and Zoomars Petting Zoo is right in the middle of it all!  This is must see destination for families! 


31791 Los Rios St,  

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

 Open Weekdays 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

  • Adults $10
  • Children $8
  • Seniors $9
  • Military $7

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