San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA

2920 Zoo DrSan Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

Entertaining and educating families for over 100 years, the San Diego Zoo offers a 100-acre home for 4,000+ rare and endangered creatures of more than 650 species, as well as more than 700,000 exotic plants. Guests can enjoy exciting tours, interactive play areas, upbeat live performances, 4-D theater shows, up-close views of exotic animals and an Australian experience—Koalafornia Adventure.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • The zoo offers free parking.
  • This is a smoke-free property.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs available.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Same day re-entry permitted.
  • Behind-the-scenes tours available.
  • Take advantage of the open-air double-decker bus tours.
  • Voted #1 Zoo in the world on TripAdvisor.
  • Locker rentals are available.

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Diana K.

The Skyfari provides an excellent overview of the park grounds. Plan to stay the day, and go mid-week if possible as it's less crowded. Best zoo I've visited!

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Description

from San Diego Zoo
An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Winding paths through the tropical oasis of a botanical garden bring you to more than 4,000 rare and fascinating animals, including giant pandas, great apes, Komodo dragons, tigers, flamingos, polar bears, eagles, koalas, and more. Africa Rocks is home to penguins, baboons, and the mysterious fossa. The festive, lively atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for family fun and gathering friends. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting animal presentations and shows. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience. Hope to see you soon!



Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

463 Reviews
Sean Turner
Gainesville, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Zoo I've been to"
November, 2018 NEW
It was a great time at the zoo. They have everything that you could imagine, including Panda Bears and Polar bear. The only negative thing is the accuracy of the paper maps was not great. It is such a large zoo and our group found ourselves getting lost on a few occasions.
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Tip: Very large zoo that takes many hours to see everything.

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Kira Ugai
San Francisco, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"By far the most beautiful Zoo in the world!"
November, 2018 NEW
We were pleasantly surprised by this beautiful zoo! The animals in this zoo seemed much happier than most of the zoo’s! The zoo keepers did their best to design the zoo in a way that most of the animals wouldn’t be locked up in cages, which was pleasant to see. The animals had their own space where they could roam around and live. We were also amazed by the beautiful nature the zoo offers! Everything is meticulously thought out and the zoo houses some of the most beautiful outdoor fauna I’ve ever seen!
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Tip: Happy animals and beautiful nature!

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Gina Fu
Fairfax, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun trip to SD Zoo"
November, 2018 NEW
My boyfriend and I went to the SD Zoo on a Monday. It was his first time there, and we both had a great time and easily got on the buses and aerial tram. The animals were pretty active that day and seemed really well cared for. We even bought the photopass for the first time, and I never realized what a great deal it was. If you buy the package, you can take photos at any of the designated spots and get all the digital copies online. Plus, the zoo has free parking! Highlight recommend a visit if you haven't been here before.
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Tip: It's a big zoo so wear comfy shoes.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Las Vegas , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo Visit"
November, 2018 NEW
Beautiful / Big San Diego Zoo that has a lot of animals to see, nice ride on bus tour and zip ride . The zoo are well maintained including restroom. Free parking
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Tip: Bring food and water

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Kimberly Spivey
Sanford , NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best zoo ever"
November, 2018 NEW
I am an animal lover and therefore visiting the zoo at every city we visit is a must do. The San Diego zoo is hands down, the best zoo I’ve erer experienced. Of course the animals themselves were awesome, and so were there habitats. But in addition, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable at every exhibit. The park was so clean, many choices for food and drinks and the free zoo app was easy to use and very helpful. Just can’t say enough positive comments about our experience!
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Tip: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and be ready to take lots of pictures!

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Pahrump, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family bring own water $4.65 for a bottle of water"
November, 2018 NEW
We had wonderful time elderly should rent handicap cart alot of climbing bring own water and wear comfortable shoes parrot picture from the safari
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Tip: Wonderful time but bring your own water and snacks and comfortable shoes rent handicap cart if elderly very lot of climbing but so worth the money and adventure we spent our anniversary thier zoo and safari

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Sarah S.
Lakewood, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo"
November, 2018 NEW
San Diego zoo day! Kids are free in October! Lines are not long. You're able to see animals upclose. There is an option of walking the park or taking the bus tours. Took my kids and parents, so it's great for all ages. You can bring your own food and snacks as well!
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Tip: Bring sunscreen, a hat, great walking shoes, and food if you'd like.

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Jim Kinney
Youngstown, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful Zoo"
November, 2018 NEW
I was curious to see just what the San Diego Zoo was going to be like and boy was I amazed. First off it's HUGE!!!!! Secondly it's clean, and easy to get around. I liked the gondola ride and the train ride. If you ever have the chance to go see the San Diego Zoo by all means GO!!!!!!.
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Tip: Take the double decker bus ride before you venture into the park.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Y2661ZBstevew
"Disappointing "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
Whenever I’m on holiday and there is a zoo in the vicinity I always make time to visit it. I’ve been to many zoos around the world and San Diego zoo was on my list. Sadly I was disappointed with this attraction. I found some of the cages to small for the animals. Quite upset to see some of the animals pacing back and forth. I don’t think I would visit again.
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JBernard20
Saint Rose, Louisiana
"One of the best things to do in San Diego "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
The zoo is very clean and well organized, but lacked needed signage. There is lots of walking, so make sure to wear good walking shoes. The food was better than expected. We left there exhausted!
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lou b
"Extra day to kill"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
Lions, pandas, and apes.. oh my...after some kayaking, paddle boarding, and a clippers game, it was nice to do the zoo. Not cheap admission, but parking was free.
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jashO3451RP
Pennsylvania
"Beautiful Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
The zoo was very nice and very well maintained. There were a ton of animals to see and they had a couple shows throughout the day. It was well worth the money, especially if you purchase tickets on Groupon you'll save a couple bucks.
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BobW238
Proctorville, Ohio
"Great zoo "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
We have been several zoos around the country and this is one of the best. Be sure to go early so the animals will still be out and to get ahead of the lines at the panda exhibit. The sky ride and kangaroo bus are good ways to get around the zoo.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Zoo

Does the San Diego Zoo have stroller rentals?
Yes! The Zoo and Safari Park have strollers available for rent. The daily charge for a single stroller is $14 and a double stroller is $18. There is one size of stroller, made of molded plastic, to fit a variety of children; you may check the fit before renting. Strollers have cup holders and a storage pouch in the back. Our double strollers offer side-by-side seating. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

Does the Zoo offer wheelchair rentals?
Yes! Our parks have wheelchairs and electric scooters available for rent. The daily rental charge for a manual wheelchair is $14; an electric scooter is $50 unless the guest's membership level qualifies them for a Wild Perks discount. Guests must provide a valid driver's license or San Diego Zoo Global membership card. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations available. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

Does the San Diego Zoo have access for the disabled?
We have a variety of options to assist you and your family. The Zoo has an “Easy Access Pass” that allows you to go to the head of the lines at the Zoo’s Bus Depot and Skyfari aerial tram. In addition, there are complimentary shuttles to assist you and your party in accessing our lower canyon areas.

Does the Zoo have lockers for visitors to use?
The San Diego Zoo has rental lockers located between the San Diego Craft Beer and the Front Street Café on Front Street, near the Exit sign. Payment is by credit card only and payment can be made at the Kiosk on site. No cash is accepted for locker rentals, which start at $8. Sizes are as follows:

  • Small locker: 12" x 20"
  • Medium locker: 15" x 18"
  • Large locker: 18" x 27"

In addition to this guest storage amenity, the Zoo has a larger secure storage area inside Front Street Rentals, where guests can rent strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs. This area can accommodate suitcase storage and larger items that will not fit inside the large lockers. The cost for this storage area is $15 per piece and comes with unlimited access.

How much is parking at the Zoo?
The Zoo has free parking.

Is it possible to leave the Zoo and be re-admitted?
Guests who are on grounds at the Zoo and wish to leave and return the same day at no charge during open hours may have their hand stamped at the Exit Gate turnstiles. Be sure to keep your ticket!

What time of day will I see more animals?
There really isn’t any special time that more animals are in view, although many of our animals are “early risers” and may be a bit more active in the morning. In our concern for the many endangered species that we house at our facilities, we have built exhibits that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide. We have found that the ability to hide is important to the well-being of many species.

Are pets allowed in the park?
We house significant populations of rare and endangered species at the Zoo and these are considered to be quarantined facilities. State and federal regulations for such facilities do not allow for the access of pets accompanying guests to these facilities. This also includes the unavailability of kennels to house pets during a visit to either facility.

Can I bring food into the parks?
Guests may bring personal food items into our parks. Large food storage containers such as coolers are not permitted on grounds, and no facilities are available for food storage. For the convenience of guests, there are picnic areas located outside the Zoo’s main entrance. Zoo guests who have already entered our parks may get their hand stamped for re-entry on the same day of their visit during operating hours. Special accommodations for school groups may be made. For the safety of guests and the animals in our care, please do not bring glass, alcohol, or straws into our parks.

Are backpacks allowed? 
Guests are welcome to bring a backpack into our parks.

What is the smoking policy at the Zoo?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Zoo grounds or parking lots. Guests who wish to smoke are welcome to have their hands stamped for same-day re-entry when leaving our grounds to smoke. Please keep your ticket!

Can my child enter the San Diego Zoo without an adult?
Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult age 18+ to enter and throughout their visits to our parks.