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

167 Reviews
Manpreet Dhillon
Corona , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego zoo :)"
May, 2018 NEW
Took our 9 month old daughter to zoo for the first time & she loved it. :)
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Audrey T.
Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
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"Love this place, can't wait to go back!"
May, 2018 NEW
I wasn't all that excited at first because a zoo is a zoo, right? But I was very surprised at how beautiful this place actually is I love the animal enclosures and the way the place is set up it was amazing I can't wait to go back
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Tip: Wear good walking shoes.

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Malina Weitkemper
Oakland , CA
2 Reviews
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"Loved the San Deigo Zoo"
May, 2018 NEW
I have been to numerous Zoo’s since my dream is to work at a Zoo. The San Deigo Zoo is amazing! They have so many different types of animals and enclosures for the animals are amazing! Definitely an amazing Zoo to go visit!! :)
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Tip: Come early in the morning since it gets busy in the afternoon.

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Michelle Crowley
Columbia, MO
1 Review
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"Best zoo ever"
May, 2018 NEW
Best zoo ever.
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Tip: Have good walking shoes

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Anna Lyons
Redlands , CA
1 Review
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"San Diego Zoo"
May, 2018 NEW
It was a fantastic mini vacation!! We truly enjoyed San Diego Zoo. Everyone was so kind and helpful. The food wasn’t amazing and way over priced. The animals and the trainers was awesome. All time favorite was watching Shaba and her trainer, she was having a 6 month checkup. Was by far an experience I loved to watching, it was so impressive. You must see Jirra the Zebra she has the sweetest eyes and she loves it when you take her picture. Bravo!
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Tip: You can bring food into park. It’s a lot of walking however the bus and tram are fun things to do when your tired of walking.

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Maria Renteria
Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
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"Great Day"
May, 2018 NEW
It was a great expirence for my family we really enjoyed our self n definitely I will recommend it to other families
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Tip: Great place to take your family as well the cost

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Vidyanand Nagarkar
Brea, CA
1 Review
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"Awesome"
May, 2018 NEW
Awesome. Could watch whales along the ship. Crew on the ship were very social
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Reserve San Diego Customer
Cambridge, MN
1 Review
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"Zootastic"
May, 2018 NEW
This zoo has so much to see and do. Well worth the entry fee, very helpful staff, directionally challenged people (me) can always find someone to help them get where they want to go. A great day and experience!
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Tip: Wear good walking shoes!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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ConcoursRider
Healdsburg, California
"It's all happening at the Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2018 NEW
Take a break from the beer tasting and spend a full day at the San Diego Zoo. An impressive, sprawling property with a diverse animals presented in natural surroundings. The zoo is split into different regions, so you can explore animals found in areas from Australia to Africa. Kangaroo Bus rides are included in your pass, and can help get you from one end of the park to another (or avoid a steep climb) while resting your feet (you'll probably walk several miles in the park without realizing it). Same thing applies to the Sky-fari. Check out the walk-through aviaries and the always-poplular panda exhibit. Lots to see, so start early or get a multi-day pass. And bring a hat and sun glasses -- it does get warm in San Diego!
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joyalex
Greenvale, New York
"Can't Imagine a Trip to San Diego Without the Zoo!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2018 NEW
Always wanted to visit this zoo as it has a great reputation and it did not disappoint. Warnings----get there early ---- there is lots of walking so prepare with comfortable shoes and sunhats --- food is very expensive so bring your own. Also water a must but bring your OWN bottles and refill at the fountains ---much $$$ saved!! Don't miss the Pandas, the Elephants, Australian animals ---- wallabies, koalas, etc. And most importantly don't expect to see everything in one day!! One disappointment, however ---- wanted to take the aerial ride (included in the one-day admission) but it closed due to high winds. Everything else was sensational. Also, do take advantage of the free tram when your feet begin to give way!! It is most welcome toward the end of the day.
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Michael F
"More than just Pandas, but the Pandas were awesome! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
This zoo deserves all the hype it’s know. For. The animals look extremely well cared for. The zoo is clean as a whistle and all the employees we talked to were polite and knowledgeable. Must visit stop in San Diego. Wear your sneakers there is a lot to see. We walked roughly 8 miles during our visit! So much fun!
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sardawg
Winston Salem, North Carolina
"So much to see, so little time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
While in town for a conference, a friend and I hiked up to the zoo with about 3-4 hours to walk around, and we saw most, but not all of this amazing zoo. We loved every minute of it! We were in disbelief at all of the amazing animals! Seeing meerkats and monkeys, giraffes and rhinos, and a kangaroo, just to name a few. The meerkats were my favorite, though I was also just amazed at the cheetah and dog exhibit. Overall, this is an amazing zoo, and I can't wait to return!
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ljabetts
Kansas City, Kansas
"My Favorite"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
Wonderful selection of animals and a great way to learn about the animals. Very educational. Worth the cost.
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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!