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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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 (opening 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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kathrynlovestravel
Adelaide, Australia
"Love the zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
Love it is zoo, and volunteers were so informative. Pity that the whole Africa rocks section wasn't open yet, but love it all
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Scottloves2golf
Heber City, Utah, United States
"Always Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
The San Diego zoo never disappoints. We went right from the airport and we were able to check our bags at the rental desk for the day. We were there from 10 am to 5 pm and saw every animal without needing to hurry. The new African Rocks addition really is wonderful. Very well designed and beautiful. We really have nothing but good to say. An excellent memory. You see animals that are not found in any other zoo.
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mark j
Adelaide
"Very Disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
Admittedly on the day we visited the it was really hot and the animals were hard to find. Even so I was really disappointed by the zoo. I thought it would be more progressive and engaging. I doubt its changed much in the lat 10 years. i did notice that there is a lot of building work going on - perhaps that will help them lift the experience to another level. my biggest concern is the refreshments on offer - there is a very narrow selection across the zoo. Is it worth the entry fee - perhaps not. Could they improve the experience yes.
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Liam T
"It really is the best in the world"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
To end my 2017 tour of the US I visited this gem. My last spot of my 6 month trip this year was California and after reading online that the San Diego Zoo ranked top in the world on tripadvisor I just had to visit. Having worked and volunteered at Chester Zoo, the 3rd rated zoo in the world by trip advisor I just had to see for myself what beat us to the top spot and believe me when I see, it wholeheartedly deserves its poll position. You'll be taken to a wonderland of wildlife conservation and be taken away by the beautifully designed exhibits, you really can tell they have the animals best interest in mind. Although it's a smaller zoo than mine it feels so much bigger somehow; I think this is due to the fact it has multiple levels on the terrain that you'll be exploring. From walking through various beautiful aviaries as you climb down a cliff edge to taking the sky train, you'll be all over the place on your conservation adventure. The show they do in the amphitheater is a must see also!
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Whatdaisy
Rotherham, United Kingdom
"Great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
A classic city zoo. Lots of animals to be seen, but many were sleeping out of sight - visited 10am to 2:30pm. Logical pathways to get all round the different parts. Travelator was welcome break from walking. Some areas were being redeveloped but that didn’t spoil the day. Plenty of places to sit and plenty of restrooms. Not too busy either. Highlights: Giraffes were out eating and mummy hippo was chasing her youngster around under water! And the ice cream simple cones were delicious.
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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!