The zoo is spooky, sad and beautiful at the same time. The small cells made of concrete and wire must have been depressing for the animals that used to be housed here. The area is surrounded by a large grassy clearing with picnic tables, and there are even a couple of tables inside one of the larger animal enclosures. After you finish eating, you can walk up the stairs of one of the cages if you dare. (I read somewhere that people used to dump dead bodies here!)
Scary stairs that you may or may not want to go up
For a little more exploration, go up the hill to the back of the enclosures, find a spot in the chain link fence that is broken, and duck inside for an aerial view of the clearing. Here you'll find even more cages and graffiti.
The zoo is a little off the beaten path, so follow these directions to get there:
Coming from the South on Crystal Springs Drive (the one that is parallel to the 5 freeway), go past the road that goes to the Merry Go Round, and then take a left onto Griffith Park Drive. Go past the playground on the left and take the road that ends in a parking lot. You can park here for free and then walk up the stairs to a clearing where the old zoo is.
Have you been to the Old L.A. Zoo? What did you think about it? Leave me a comment below!