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

288 Reviews
Reserve San Diego Customer
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing experience"
July, 2018 NEW
The zoo was unbelievable, how much they care for the animal I have no words
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Tip: Nice grounds

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Abigail Cepeda
Brownsville, TX
1 Review
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"Great Deal"
July, 2018 NEW
We were worried at first, but it worked out great and saved us some money!
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Ericka Ripple
Birmingham , AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego zoo"
July, 2018 NEW
My family and I had a great time. 5 kids between the ages of 2 1/2 to 13 + 2 adults all loved it. There was a show at the end of the day, towards the exit of the zoo totally worth staying for it. We loved it.
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Tip: The show at the end of the day is great and don’t miss the bus ride. Only way you can see the zoo in 1 day.

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Britteny Adams
Cherry valley, CA
1 Review
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"Great time"
July, 2018 NEW
Parking was really easy and love that its free. There were so many animals and things to do. Its well kept and organized. Overall it was great. Minus the heat.
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Tip: Bring comfortable shoes and water

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Abigail Malik
San Diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Quick Support"
July, 2018 NEW
We were told after purchasing it could be up to 90 minutes to support our ticket purchase, we called and were quickly pushed through since we obviously wait until the last minute. I love a good deal and combined with great customer support you can't go wrong!
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Loan Nguyen
Henderson, NV
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"San Diego zoo"
July, 2018 NEW
Great customer service i order san diego zoo ticket online from this company i would use them again highly recommended
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Hugo Lozano
Stockton , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"I am very satisfied especially coming from out of town"
July, 2018 NEW
I purchased my tickets online the same day I went to the San Diego Zoo, I received my discounted tickets less than an hour. I was very satisfied especially coming from out of town, I was able to enjoy my day at the zoo
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Rosemary H.
Littleton , CO
3 Reviews
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"San Diego Zoo"
July, 2018 NEW
I have been to a few big zoos and this was by far the biggest. We loved the trolley ride and buss tour. We spent several hours there and weren’t able to see half of it.
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Tip: Bringing your own food seemed to be allowed , if you purchase a Zoo cup refills with water are free.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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chtulare
San Diego, California
"Not to be missed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
The World Famous San Diego Zoo is a fantastic zoo. Don’t miss the new Africa Rocks section. Fun day for young and old alike. Take the tram for a great trip around the zoo. And the sky buckets provide a spectacular view of The Zoo, Balboa Park, and downtown San Diego.
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Humanizer
cairo
"GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
great zoo, i would go there again, my baby enjoyed it and so did my wife and my self. great one, just make sure to have sunglasses and white ts specially in the summer
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Stan P
Monroe, New Jersey
"Great Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
It is obvious that the San Diego Zoo has a incredible reputation. Overall, it lives up to that. However, it is still a zoo and the animals behave like the animals behave. The big cats sleep most of the day while others stay out of the sun. Yet, there is an incredible variety of animals and all are nicely presented. There is a lot to do at the zoo. The food is expensive but was good. It is great for all ages and, if you get there early, you can stay all day and have a great day.
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Brian B
"Nice Zoo!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
They have a little of everything hear, not much that SD is lacking, very professional. Nice place to take family or visitors
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Karen L
Irmo, South Carolina
"Wonderful! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
We were visiting San Diego from the East Coast and of course this was on our list. Admission is about $50 and this includes some transportation within the park. Believe me, you will want to take advantage of it. This zoo is HUGE! It has different areas for habitats with wide walking areas along with shaded areas for rest stops. There are some hilly areas. The Kangaroo Express can move you to different areas of the park. The park map was very detailed with marked trail lengths to see the different areas. We found the zoo to be clean and all animal enclosures clean with attendants engaging with many of the animals. There was a bit of a wait to see the pandas but well worth it. (See pic). I’m not sure we saw the entire park according to the map. It could almost be a day + 1/2 outing. We really enjoyed ourselves!!
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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!