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.
  • Locker rentals are available.

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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 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!



Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

479 Reviews
Lisa Hagner
Payson, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"We love the San Diego Zoo!"
December, 2018 NEW
The zoo is beautiful and well kept. The animals are in very large and inviting environments. We enjoyed the educational bus ride, and walking the park.
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Tip: If it is raining - get a poncho!

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Qiang Yu
El Monte, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic place to visit"
December, 2018 NEW
The best zoo ever visited. The bus tour is a must. All family members had a lot of fun. Kids were excited to see pandas. Highly recommended.
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Tip: Comfortable shoes and snacks

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Jennifer Bhat
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful experience!"
December, 2018 NEW
The zoo was fantastic for our family trip! I was pleasantly surprised that they had an entire area for kids. So much of the park was shaded so it wasn’t too hot, the employees were kind and entertaining, and the food wasn’t too overpriced (the drinks were, though!). We’d definitely go back. It was easy to navigate with a stroller and all the best animals were there!
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Tip: Definitely do the bus tour! 100% worth it.

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Gordon Ellis
Inglewood, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Zoo that I have ever been to."
December, 2018 NEW
The San Diego Zoo was awesome. It had all the animals that we wanted to see.
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Tip: The line for the Pandas takes a really long time to get through. Worh the wait, but almost not.They could do a better job moving people along.

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Bilal Bhat
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent"
November, 2018 NEW
Amazing day filled with a ton of fun especially for my 2 and half year old boy!!
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Tip: Free parking

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Nishant Gusain
Scottsdale, AZ
2 Reviews
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"World Best Zoo"
November, 2018 NEW
It was a fantastic experiance, we already heard about it being the best zoo and it worth a penny, bus rides and skyline are nice.
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Mahendra M.
Covina, CA
2 Reviews
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"Good"
November, 2018 NEW
Lots of animals and birds. Very nice atmosphere
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Tip: Tigers, elephants, sky ride

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Folsom, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic!"
November, 2018 NEW
Had a wonderful time at San Diego zoo with my family. Loved the pandas, the free Skyfari Aerial Tram, the huge airvary, and so much more!
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Tip: Panda, kuala bears

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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jsmooney
Birmingham, Alabama
"Better than expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
My wife and I visited the zoo early in the morning. My suggestion is get here when it opens! Certain animals are more active than others and the zoo can get quite crowded. Check the schedule for zoo talks and other activities. There are numerous food options that vary based on the section of the park (like a theme park). Make a plan of attack to ensure you see everything you want during the visit. Start at the front and work your way towards the back, then use the trolley or included bus shuttle to traverse the park. If you do not have a vehicle (like the tourist I am), then you can take an uber or lyft here....$5 or so from Gaslamp. I suppose you can ride a scooter as well. There is no train that drops off within a reasonable distance to the zoo. Recommended is to go by the botanical gardens as you exit (~10 mins walk) to see another iconic area.
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boodro79
Larose, Louisiana
"Favorite place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
Koalas, polar bears, giant pandas oh my!!! I love all zoos but this one is amazing! My favorite by far! Love all the animals. We did a few bus tours and the sky tram. This place is huge so that helped. We did get to see the whole zoo in one full day.
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Jraejen
Murrieta, California
"Beautiful Zoo in a Beautiful Area"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
Despite it being a zoo, regardless of opinions on the animals or the treatment behind the scenes, it's a beautiful zoo. Free parking and walking distance to museums and other cultural centers. There is a lot of walking but they did add bridges and have bus stops. They have decent food and big areas for the animals to be in.
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LightWing07
Glen Burnie, Maryland
"Fun and Lots of walking!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
There is so much to do here. Lots of animals and lots of people to help with information if needed. A very family friendly environment. I am definitely going back again.
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clearing_boxer
Suphan Buri, Thailand
"Great exhibits."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
I thought the exhibits here were great, and did appreciate the air tram, as the zoo is rather large. The gift shop had great sales, too. The admission price was a little steep, but overall I'd recommend it if you're only gonna go once.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Zoo

Does the San Diego Zoo have stroller rentals?
Yes! The Zoo and Safari Park have 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?
Yes! Our parks have wheelchairs and electric scooters available for rent. The daily rental charge for a manual wheelchair is $14; an electric scooter is $50 unless the guest's membership level qualifies them for a Wild Perks discount. 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?
The San Diego Zoo has rental lockers located between the San Diego Craft Beer and the Front Street Café on Front Street, near the Exit sign. Payment is by credit card only and payment can be made at the Kiosk on site. No cash is accepted for locker rentals, which start at $8. Sizes are as follows:

  • Small locker: 12" x 20"
  • Medium locker: 15" x 18"
  • Large locker: 18" x 27"

In addition to this guest storage amenity, the Zoo has a larger secure storage area inside Front Street Rentals, where guests can rent strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs. This area can accommodate suitcase storage and larger items that will not fit inside the large lockers. The cost for this storage area is $15 per piece and 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!

Can my child enter the San Diego Zoo without an adult?
Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult age 18+ to enter and throughout their visits to our parks.