San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA

2920 Zoo DrSan Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, the San Diego Zoo offers a 100-acre home for more than 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 a new 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.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

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 (opened in 2017) 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!

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

23 Reviews
Cathy Ficalora
Babylon, NY
1 Review
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"Fun in the sun @ San Diego Zoo"
August, 2016
I got tickets online at reserves sandiego and not only saved money but never stood online .
The zoo was fabulous and worth every cent.I would order tickets again without hesitation
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Tip: Reservesandiego Rocks!

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Cynthia M.
Las Vegas, NV
3 Reviews
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"Zootastic"
August, 2016
Absolutely loved it. It was mine and my 3 yr olds first time. Had a great time. Totally worth every penny
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Tip: Be prepared to walk a lot. Also take guided bus tour. Worth it

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Brittany Gallegos
Denver, CO
2 Reviews
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"Expected more"
August, 2016
Now let me start off by saying I love the Zoo anywhere I go. And I've enjoyed the San Diego zoo in the past however this last trip just seemed dull all animals looked miserable and HOT!! The Best part was buying the tickets on reserve San Diego which included the sky ride and all bus tours. Which was great since it was literally the only way to see animals. Overall a nice walk for the family but just not what we expected from the infamous SD Zoo ??
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Tip: Lots of water and bus tours

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John Phlegar
Las Vegas, NV
3 Reviews
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"san diego zoo"
July, 2016
Had a great time, saw some amazing animals. The staff was always friendly, helpful and always ready to share their knowledge
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Tip: a two day trip is really needed to see all the animals

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Tammy Hundley
Stockton, CA
2 Reviews
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"San Diego Zoo"
July, 2016
Great zoo with a lot of awesome animals. The Panda is a must! Got lucky enough to see the Panda waking up from nap and eating his bamboo lunch!
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Sharon Cummins
Kimberly, ID
3 Reviews
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"Wonderful"
July, 2016
My husband and I had a wonderful time at the zoo. So much to see be prepared to walk, there is a lot of shade but as always when in the sun use plenty of sun screen. Keeping hydrated while in the park not a problem well worth buying the souvenir cup and getting refills all day.
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Tip: Be prepared for a lot of walking.

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Alexander G.
phoenix, AZ
3 Reviews
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"Thumbs up"
July, 2016
Very fun coming from Phoenix definitely a lot to see here
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Meggun hotvedt
Oroville, CA
3 Reviews
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"San Diego zoo"
July, 2016
Had a great time, enjoyed all the animals.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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SJax33
Eagan, Minnesota
"Bring your walking shoes!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2018 NEW
This is one of the best zoo's I've ever been to. Extremely easy to get to and park (which is free). We arrived when it opened and no lines. The staff are extremely helpful in navigating this enormous place. My son wanted to see EVERYTHING- so we ended up walking 8.5 miles and spent 7 hours here. They have food and refreshments everywhere which was convenient. Extremely clean and even when it got busier it didn't feel packed. I would recommend hitting the Panda exhibit early though, we didn't realize it was such a popular attraction and there was a long line so we skipped it.
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Jessybear6162
Surrey, Canada
"Top Attraction in San Diego By Far"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2018 NEW
My husband and I visited the zoo in August 2017. We were worried about it being overcrowded since we were there during peak summer season but that was not the case! While it was very busy, it didn't feel packed since the park is laid out in such an open concept. It made for a more enjoyable time, not having to be shoulder to shoulder to see the exhibits. Honestly, it is the best zoo we have ever been to and we've seen zoos all over the world. The conservation efforts are clear throughout the park and it never feels like a money grab. Plus you can drink alcohol in the park! Coming from Canada where this is prohibited, it was a big deal for us :) We would love to take our kids here some day, it is a great attraction for everyone!
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Jojoroark R
Tulsa
"Best Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2018 NEW
This zoo is among the best I’ve visited. I utilize their website in my classroom and wanted to see their ambassadors in real life. The zoo has a great bus tour as well as the kangaroo bus which is hop-on hop/off. There is an aerial too as well which we did not do. The zoo is organized well and staff and volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful. Additionally, I have a lot of respect in general for zoos that have different species cohabiting. This is what happens in the wild and should be happening in zoos too. Thanks, San Diego Zoo, for all you do!
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Bushbabybear
Calgary, Canada
"Good for an afternoon visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2018 NEW
We visited in January so it was less busy. The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, the Zoo is clean and has lots of interesting animals. An afternoon was perfect for us.( wear comfortable shoes as it is quite hilly).
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MrsAndertonK
Bramhall, United Kingdom
"Recommend a full day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2018 NEW
This zoo is amazing, it covers a very large area so I would definitely recommend spending a full day here. All the animals have a lot of space and there are a lot animals that live here that you would not normally have the opportunity to see, like pandas and koala bears. There is a lot of walking involved and it is quite hilly however they offer various modes of transport in the zoo, buses and skyline tram. It’s great for people of all ages. There’s a small play area for younger children and a petting zoo. They also show 4D movies for an extra charge. There are lots of food and drink stations however in my opinion they are over priced compared to other attractions. The map available is great and worth picking up and tells you various feeding time and talks. I would definitely say you should visit this zoo if you are near San Diego! It’s a great experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Zoo

Does the San Diego Zoo have stroller rentals?
The Zoo has 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?
Our parks have wheelchairs and electric scooters available for rent. The daily rental charge for a manual wheelchair is $12; an electric scooter is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. 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?
At the San Diego Zoo, we have quarter-operated lockers located in the Discovery Outpost across from Poppy’s Patio. Small locker: $.75 (16x24x14); Large locker: $1.50 (29x15x23). In addition to this guest storage amenity, the Zoo has recently added a larger secure storage area inside Front Street Rentals, where guest can rent strollers, wheelchairs and EVCs. This area can accommodate suitcase storage and larger items that will not fit inside the large lockers.  The cost for this storage area is $5.00 per piece and it 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!