The Charles Paddock Zoo is quaint but also allows you to get pretty close to the animals. We went on a Saturday and it was quiet, which made for a really nice visit. Admission is extremely reasonable at $5/adults, $4/kids 3-11, FREE/kids 2 and under. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, young and old. Visiting the zoo will only take you an hour but grab a seat and take your time. Bring a camera because this zoo is perfect for photography hobbyists and professionals alike. The zoo is connected to a great park for running, playing, and picnicking and they even have the, quintessentially SLO, “Santa Maria” grills. Getting here is only 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo center.
Our favorite animal at the zoo was the ADORABLE Red Panda. They have two of these long-tailed cuties. I could watch them sleep all day long, and we did for about an hour on a bench across from their pen! Enjoy your visit and let us know what you think!