A zoo for the rest of us — or at least those who can't get it together to visit the pricey Los Angeles Zoo — the Montebello Barnyard Zoo offers pony rides, trackless train rides, a small petting zoo and a modest carousel that looks like something out of the Great Depression. Those who grew up in L.A. and miss Beverly Park will enjoy the old-timey atmosphere of rustic pleasures here; little kids will just love running around on a sunny day. The site is located behind a community park, so parking can be tricky on weekends, but the park is also a nice spot to picnic and continue the fun when you're finished with the zoo. As the animal-zoned spaces of L.A. County slowly fall to developers, it seems like a good idea to head out and savor these relics of amusement parks past while they still remain. —Suzy Beal
600 Rea Drive, Montebello, 90640. (213) 718-5442, montebellobarnyardzoo.com.