Now that summer vacation is upon us, looking for something to do? How about a trip to a local animal park or zoo. Here are some good ones.
SAN FRANCISCO ZOO: San Francisco; Feeding time for the grizzlies and penguins is great fun; or try the carousel and steam train. (415)753-7080, www.sfzoo.org.
FOLSOM CITY ZOO SANCTUARY: Folsom, Calif.; Not a typical zoo; Includes rescued wild animals such as golden eagles, hawks, coyotes, cougars and even a feral cat. (916)351-3527, folsom.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation/zoo.
OAKLAND ZOO: Knowland Park, Oakland. Very family friendly with 660 native and exotic animals; open evenings durring the holidays with lighted pathways and holiday music. Train rides too. (510)632-9525, oaklandzoo.org.
SACRAMENTO ZOO: William Land Park, Sacramento. All the usual animals except elephants. River otters and reptile house are favorites. (916)808-5885, saczoo.org.
SAFARI WEST: Santa Rosa, CA. A fun safari ride in open vehicles with some 800 animals, including giraffes and cheetahs. (707)579-2551, safariwest.com.
Enjoy and have fun!