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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
  • 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.

Description

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
"Zootastic"
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
Verified Traveler
"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
"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.
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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Tiffany M
Peoria, Illinois
"Family Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
First of all, this zoo is huge so wear some good shoes. It takes almost a whole day to go through the zoo. So many things to see and cool animals to visit. The sky tram is a must.
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Alex P
Fairview Park, Ohio
"Amazing Zoo!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
Simply a great zoo. I am not surprised in the least that this zoo is considered one of the best in the world. The zoo itself is massive and has an impressive range of animals. The zoo was planned nicely and the scenery is great throughout. The animals were surprisingly active considering how hot it was the day we went. We watched a zoo keeper feed lions and also several others animals throughout. Additionally, this zoo is 1 of 2 inside the US that contains pandas. You will need a minimum of 3:30-4 hours to go to every exhibit in the park, and that is at a fast rate. I would recommend a time frame of around 5 hours. The price to get in is $50. However, this includes rides on the express bus, as well as the skyrail. I have seen several reviews about how expensive prices are inside the park. This is ludicrous. The prices are on par with every other zoo I have attended. They actually offer a souvenir bottle for $10 with unlimited refills throughout the day. This is honestly a bargain. Nevertheless, you are allowed to bring food and drink in if you so desire.
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DC2SF2SC
Santa Cruz, California
"Amazing. Wonderful. Must Go."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
I took a day off to see one of the United States' premier zoos and could not have been luckier. The facilities are large and the animals don't seem overly constrained. There's a Cheetah with an emotional support/animal ambassador dog and it is the most heart-warming thing you've never seen (that cheetah was so happy!). Also, all the animals were out - even the Pandas were active! Oh, and exiting the zoo we were treated to an impromptu jazz performance. You really can't beat that.
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Bruce S
Halifax
"Great Zoo. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
I would recommend taking the guided bus tour first thing in the morning when you arrive. We did this and got a great overview of the whole zoo. It was pretty quiet and relaxing before the crowds got there. I also would recommend sitting on the top deck if it is not too hot. You get great views down into a lot of the enclosures. This lets you take some photos without seeing the fencing and the like. After getting off we took the Skyfari back to the rear of the park and made our way out towards the front on foot. We liked all the exhibits and got to see the staff taking care of the elephants and learned a lot about their care.
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Anonymous
"SD zoo... must do"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
Loved the sky tram, bus tour (A must on hot days). Facilities were clean, plenty of friendly and helpful staff. Animals were active even with the high temps.
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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!