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    What to Expect
    After making your own way to the San Diego Zoo on the day of your choice, you can head into the zoo's visitor center to pick up a map and plan your route through this acclaimed zoo. The animals live in spacious and beautifully designed enclosures that replicate their natural habitats. The koala and giant panda exhibits are always popular, as are the orangutans and siamangs that climb around in lush forest settings.

    Other highlights include the Tiger River exhibit, which features a realistic Asian rainforest environment, and the Gorilla Tropics, which recreates a lush African rainforest. Zoo keeper talks take place at regular intervals every day, with the experts introducing animals such as giraffes, elephants, wolves, lions or jaguars, and more. In the animal nursery, you might get to see some of the zoo’s newest arrivals.

    Kids enjoy petting small tame critters in the Petting Paddock and four different play zones provide a safe and entertaining spot to climb and explore.

    As you make your way through the zoo, note the extensive gardens — some of the plants growing there supply ingredients for the specialized diets of particular zoo residents.

    Some of the activities available at San Diego Zoo include:
    • Kangaroo Bus: Hop on and off at four stops throughout the Zoo, the perfect way to cover longer distances within the zoo. Buses come around approximately every 15 minutes. (included)
    • Guided Bus Tour: Hop aboard the double-decker bus for a 35-minute tour that covers a large percentage of the sprawling zoo. It's a great way to get an overview of all that you can do, then you decide where to go from there. (included)
    • Skyfari Aerial Tram: Ride in an enclosed tram that takes you over the trees to the other end of the zoo. Enjoy spectacular views of the animals and gardens, and surrounding Balboa Park. (own expense)
    • 4-D Theater: Popular kids movies show in 4-D. Not only can you see and hear the movie, but the action surrounds you with effects that stimulate the sense of touch and smell. (own expense)
    • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad: Kids can take a three-minute ride around a portion of Balboa Park. (own expense)With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San Diego Zoo, 2929 Zoo Drive Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
    Departure Time
    1/1/2019 - 9/30/2019Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    10/1/2019 - 10/31/2019Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    11/1/2019 - 12/31/2019Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    1/1/2020 - 9/30/2020Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    10/1/2020 - 10/31/2020Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    11/1/2020 - 12/31/2020Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Duration
    1h
    Inclusions
    • Access to Children's Zoo
    • Unlimited use of Kangaroo Bus
    • Unlimited use of Skyfari Aerial Tram
    • Unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour
    • Entry/Admission - San Diego Zoo
    Exclusions
    • Food and drink
    • Hotel pick up and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Travel date for reference only - Tickets are redeemable 1 year after purchase date. Amendment not required for travel within 1 year
    • Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rental at the front plaza near the entrance
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    The reptiles were fantastic, as was the skytrain. Hummingbirds is closed till 2021.... walk to Balboa Park next door and across the road to see wild hummers.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Julie S
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    My husband and I was down in S. Calif. with our 4 year old grandson. Spent 2 days at Legoland and had an extra day so we decided to spend it at the zoo. What a difference from the Sacramento zoo. We spent 6 hours...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Kim L
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Wonderful zoo and guides. Easily seen in a day. The monkeys, giraffes and bear exhibits are wonderful. Take some extra money for concessions

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Douglas G
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Can honestly say this is the Best Zoo to visit. Easy to get to using the MTS Bus routes. I went early on a school day and I'm glad I did. At 9:30 am lots of the animals were being fed so very active, plus...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Doughnut83
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    We had a great time! Because kids were in school it was easy to get around and see all of the animals. Go early as they nap after noon time. Beautiful place. So well laid out! Had lunch at Safari Grille. So good! We would...More

    Thank linda s
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    Samantha T
    7 August 2019|
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    Response from cbo133 | Reviewed this property |
    I stayed at the Town and Country and they did not have a shuttle. You could call the hotel directly and ask. We took an Uber to and from the zoo.
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    31 July 2019|
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    Response from KayRuth | Reviewed this property |
    There is tremendous effort made to accommodate handicapped visitors. If you go to the main web page for the San Diego Zoo there is a link to their Accessibility Guide. There is also an Accessibility Map. Many areas of the... More
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    16 May 2019|
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    Response from Lisa G | Reviewed this property |
    I am not sure. I stayed at the San Diego Bayfront which was an amazing location. I took a short Lyft ride to the Zoo.
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