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South of downtown, the Sacramento Zoo is a relatively small facility (only 14.2 acres), and is home to 140 different species of animals, many of which are endangered. It offers the zoo basics — lions, tigers, zebras and giraffes — as well as a selection of birds, reptiles and amphibians, but nothing to distinguish itself from any other municipal zoo. Still, most visitors find the zoo charming.

"It's definitely the smallest zoo I've been to. But it's well kept, and really clean. The gift shop's affordable as well. Perfect for the little ones that get bored easily," according to one TripAdvisor reviewer.  

The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for most of the year, except from November to January when it opens at 10 a.m. Admission is $11.75 for adults and $7.75 for children ages 2 to 11. For more information, check out the zoo's website

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The first settlement in the region, Sutter's Fort functioned until the 1850s when the gold rush began.  nicksarebi / Flickr

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Although the Sacramento Zoo is small, visitors enjoy how close they can get to the animals.  oh sk / Flickr

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