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.

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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

380 Reviews
Sung Kang
Crofton, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"time away from home"
September, 2018 NEW
loved our time at the zoo. The gorillas were the best!
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Tip: Go early and bring plenty of water

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Billy Bakata
Strongsville, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Zoo!"
September, 2018 NEW
We heard so much about this zoo, it was a must do on our list. San Diego zoo did not disappoint, many endangered species that you would not be able to see normally, even the rare panda was there during our visit. The sky buckets to get from one side of the zoo to the other was a big time savings. Be prepared to walk up and down hills, unless you take the option of riding the bus. (Both bus and sky bucket are included with the price of admission) Highly recommend this to anyone, whether a family or a couple visiting the area.
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Tip: Be prepared to take lots of pics, you are practically on top of the animals. Lots of walking on hills throughout the zoo, but the sky bucket and the bus are really nice options to save time.

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Barbara Ann M.
Woburn, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"SD Zoo"
September, 2018 NEW
Wonderful day and loved the park at night. It’s great seeing the more nocturnal animals active.
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes - a lot of walking.

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Kourken Tomassian
tujunga, CA
1 Review
"We had a blast!"
September, 2018 NEW
My family and I had a wonderful time at the Zoo! My kids didn't want to return home! Food was delicious ! My kids keep asking when we're gonna go again?
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JIN O YUN
La Jolla, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lively animals and fine viewing lines"
September, 2018 NEW
In fact, I didn't expect it to be different from other zoos when I made reservations at the zoo. I have been to a zoo in famous cities such as Berlin or Stockholm New York. But San Diego Zoo was taking better care of the animals with much more life. The location of the breeding ground and the sightseeing route was also excellent. So I am planning to break my annual membership.
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Tip: Take the cable car to the top, then come and see.

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Cathy Johnson
Incline Village, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great stop easy booking"
September, 2018 NEW
I’d been thinking of going to the zoo but wasn’t sure I’d have time in my schedule. I booked the ticket through reservesandiego.com the night before, printed it off and was on my way first thing in the morning.
What a great day! So much to see and do. The pandas were amazing and I loved seeing what the zoo is doing for conservation. The keeper talks were outstanding, highly recommend them. Next trip I’m going to visit their conservation park.
Thanks for making a last minute decision so easy.
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Tip: Bring your best walking shoes and spend at least a day!

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karen mans
wichita, KY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"san diego zoo"
September, 2018 NEW
We spent the day at the zoo. We saw alot of animals. It was the first time to see a panda. I felt rushed to keep moving. The aireil tram was nice. We did not do the tour bus, but did the kangeroo bus helped decrease some of the walking.
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Tip: Where comfortable shoes and bring water.

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Alvaro Martinez
Alexandria , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo Review"
September, 2018 NEW
The zoo was awesome. You spend your whole day here. At night time, they have shows!!! Definitely will come back again. I can see why this zoo is one of the top rated ones in the country.
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Tip: Check out the artist stands. I got my nephew a cute picture for his room. He is turning one!!! Check out the shows they have during the night and when all the animals go to sleep.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Tyke9
England
"A Great Day Out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
We had pre booked with the "City Pass" and we got through without having to queue and jumped straight on the bus tour of the Zoo. This was great for orientation and also to get an early look at some of the animals. It was a bit cooler in the morning and nearly all the animals were out and lively, you can get really close to the animals in some cases just seperated by the perspex glass. The Zoo wasnt busy so we got to see all the animals without any problem. I am a little concerned about keeping animals in Zoos, but the good that they do in saving endangered species is admirable. Definitely a must do when in San Diego.
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Matthew G
Toronto, Canada
"To see the zoo properly, you need at least 2 to 3 days....it's huge.."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
What can I say that has not been said already...It's very well organized..take the open air bus tours first to familiarize yourself with the zoo and what specific areas you would want to re-visit
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anilm1024
"good "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
I enjoyed visiting this zoo with my family. First of all the entrance was magnificent. The check in went really well with no wait time. We received great advice from the entrance staff to start our journey with the bus tour. The entire admission for our family was shy of $200.00 and was well worth every penny. The parking lot structure was huge and equip with handicap parking. There is a convenient drop off arch by the entrance to the zoo for cabs, limos and vehicles for hire. For me, I was able the see all the animals that was on my to do list even though I don't remember all their names. I saw 👀 the giraffe, zebras, lions, cheetahs, bears. Amazingly so was a polar bear, wow. Different species of apes and birds 🐦. My children were fascinated with the different species of birds 🐦. We had a stroller so it was very convenient for others who needed ramp access so without a doubt, that won't be a problem. It's surprisingly cooler at the zoo averaging temperates in the 80s compared to other areas of Cali. Bring some snacks and plenty of fluids. Be there early, we stayed for 5 hours and only covered a fraction of the facilit
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Kim C
"A quick trip to see the Pandas"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
We are visiting family for two months do we decided to buy a season pass. For a little more than the price of admission we have passed that allow us to visit all we want for a year. So today we wanted to see the Pandas and it was successful. We actually saw three pandas one was a red panda the other two were traditional pandas. We got there just in time for the afternoon feeding.
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kyle808k
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Best Zoo with excellent attractions"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Fun and exciting place to visit. Take the guided tour bus and aerial tram before walking the park. The bus and tram will provide an excellent way to see and plan your visit. Staff is excellent with tips and pointers about the care and well being of the animals and it's conservation efforts. Very enjoyable well worth a visit.
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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!