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San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA

2920 Zoo DrSan Diego, CA 92101
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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.

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from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Free parking.
  • Smoke-free property.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs available.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Same day re-entry permitted.
  • Behind-the-scenes tours available.
  • Home to amazing giant pandas.
  • Open-air double-decker bus tours.
  • Skyfari Aerial Tram.
  • Voted #1 Zoo in the world on TripAdvisor.


from San Diego Zoo
Long Live Animals: San Diego Zoo Celebrates Its Centennial

In 1916, When a lone lion left in a cage in Balboa Park after the Panama-California Exposition was heard roaring by San Diego surgeon Dr. Harry Wegeforth, he quipped to his brother, “Wouldn’t it be splendid if San Diego had a zoo?” From such simple words, a 100-year revolution was born.

That singular lion roar led to the transformation of 100 acres of land in downtown San Diego into a globally renowned tourist attraction, a cultural touchstone and one of the most inspiring places on the planet.

Today, the San Diego Zoo is an urban paradise for all ages and 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, orangutans, tigers, flamingos, polar bears, gorillas, hippos, Komodo dragons, and more. Now open, come explore the Zoo’s newest exhibit, Australian Outback, a new home for our colony of 25 koalas and other Aussie animals. 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

23 Reviews
Cathy Ficalora
Babylon, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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
Tip: Reservesandiego Rocks!

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

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Brittany Gallegos
Denver, CO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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 ??
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
Tip: a two day trip is really needed to see all the animals

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Tammy Hundley
Stockton, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
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.
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
Verified Traveler
"San Diego zoo"
July, 2016
Had a great time, enjoyed all the animals.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Anand J
"Must go attraction for entire family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2017 NEW
The animal exhibits, variety and overall environment, all very nice.There are lot of animals which we have seen first time like Rhino, Giraffe...
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Chicago, Illinois
"Good Zoo, lots of construction "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2017 NEW
We went a family of four. Mom, me, and my 11 and 14 yr old. Lots of beautiful animals! I liked the paths, but sometimes it could get a bit confusing (monkey path, hippo path, tiger path...where the h are we?) But there was alot of guides around to help. Also there was a TON of construction. We took the arial flight and you can tell from up there just how much there is. Said it would be ready spring, but now it says summer. I would def wait to go. Food of course was eh..except my daughter got a huge churro sundae and for 6.15 it was with it. Overall saw some cool animals, got my steps in for the whole month, and lots of construction.
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Merrick, New York
"So much to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2017 NEW
This was a great day. We spent over five hours here but a family could easily take all day. Definitely start off with the bus around the zoo to acclimate yourself (although the zoo opens at 9 and the bus tours don't start until 9:30 so we wound up hitting the elephants before the crowd and took the sky tram back (opens at 10) to the entrance to pick up the bus. We kind of worked the park in reverse to beat the lines). Lots of walking as to be expected but one thing many people were talking about is that some of the signs were confusing (and the map didn't help much). It isn't just one large loop but a series of different trails. Enjoyed taking a peek at the panda and thought the meerkats were adorable as the sun was just peeking out in their area and they were beginning to wake up.
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Corey From T
"went with family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2017 NEW
this was my first time here. i took my family and we had a good time. huge zoo with lots and lots of attractions. food was good, enjoyed the air carrage thing, saved some time on walking. we spent the entire day there and was not dissapointed.
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Murrieta, California
"Under construction"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2017 NEW
Long wait to buy tickets, despite only being 10-12 families in front of us. Friendly agent when we finally got served though. A lot more compressed than its sister Safari Park but be warned it's very hilly. The "Kangeroo" buses ply the park (if you have the right ticket) which you can hop on and off at any of four stops, or you can take the 35-40 minute tour bus which takes a largely similar route (for the same similar ticket) which only has one boarding/disembarkation point. Our tour bus managed to stall, roll backwards, and hit a kerb while attempting a hill start which was somewhat alarming but the rest of the tour was uneventful. I think the driver was somewhat embarrassed! A fairly large chunk is (as of March 2017) under (re)construction so there are some very narrow and claustrophobic passages in a couple of places. Okay as a zoo though some of the enclosures for animals do seem awfully small. Saw a couple of small animals just wandering in circles repetitively as if they were bored witless. Supposedly there is enrichment but 30 minutes a day or whatever it is sounds just a bit like a jail where the inmates are let out of their cells for a short time a day to exercise. Annual passes, so we'll go again. Just not overawed. Oh, and watch out for the buses if you're not on one. Saw quite a few people completely oblivious to the giant double decker right behind them on the path, and who can blame them for thinking it was a safe pathway? Let's also hope the buses are fuel efficient in some way.
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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 $12 and a double stroller is $16.  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!