Before my son began elementary school, Tuesdays were our day. Every Tuesday, we would go on an adventure. It didn’t really matter where we went, so long as we had a chance to try something new together. This time gave us a chance to break away from our norm, connect with each other, and experience at least one new thing that this big world has to offer us. At the time, we were living in Oakland, CA and we really got a chance to see some of the most beautiful things in The Bay.
Now that he’s older and in school everyday, our family adventures are a little different but we still have them none the less.
Recently, my more consistent adventure day has become Wednesday, when my sister and I both have some time away from our responsibilities. We missed out on a lot of time together when I was living in Oakland and she was in Orange County so we’ve had a lot of adventuring to catch up on.
With all that being said, I wanted to share our adventure from this week in case anyone else is looking for somewhere new to check out!
This week we visited the Old Zoo in LA. This is an abandoned zoo located in the hills near Griffith Park. We went with the intentions of seeing the old zoo itself, but because it’s almost Halloween, we were surprised to find a spooky pumpkin patch set up at the bottom of the hill.
Here’s the scoop on what you should know if you plan to visit:
1. As far as getting there, plug in the address from Yelp. Park in the small parking lot near the multicolored restrooms, face the hills, and start hiking up. If you end up going before they take down the pumpkin patch for the season, walk through the pumpkin patch and follow the paved road up to the left. If you go up to the right, you will be walking through the set up for part of the LA Haunted Hayride. It’s really cool until it gets really creepy lol. There were some random tents in between the hayride set up that were definitely not part of the decorations, and that was enough for us to turn around and go the other direction.
2. I personally would not visit this place at night, and even during the day, just remember to be aware.
3. It was hot when we went…just as a heads up. Take water, wear sunscreen, do whatever you need to do.
4. Once you pass the cave looking structures, continue to head up the hill to find the buildings covered with graffiti. We did not continue on furthur up the hill, but there was more to see up that way.
5. Take your camera, of course.
If you end up at the Old Zoo, don’t forget to share your pictures with me so I can see how your adventure went!