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San Diego Zoo

#2 of 435 things to do in San Diego Features Animals
2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Combo Tour
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Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and see what the elephants are up to. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or the scenic view from the Skyfari aerial tram, and dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert's Restaurant. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper chats. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.
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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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Reviewed yesterday

SD Zoo is a "must visit" when you go to the San Diego area. Great for families or anyone! Well done designed and clean,

Thank slbeggs
Reviewed yesterday

As UK visitors, we were very saddened and upset to see some animals, particularly, the large cats kept in VERY small, confined enclosures with many of the beautiful felines pacing up & down, looking anything but happy and content. We hadn't expected to be see...More

Thank beverleyjmurphy
Reviewed yesterday

Do yourself a favor and take the bus around the zoo before you start out on your day. It gives you a general layout and may be all you want to see of some of the animals while devoting your time to the "must see"...More

Thank B H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's a really big zoo and you can easily spend whole day and not get done. Diverse animals and bird. Generally easy to navigate. Pretty busy though, there are food options everywhere but long line on holidays and a bit expensive. Overall great experience!

Thank Ankit S
Reviewed yesterday

What an amazing and large zoo! Given the size, I really appreciated the different transportation methods (kangaroo bus, guided tour and sky gondola). If anything, I would recommend a few more kangaroo bus stops. It seemed like all the transportation methods focused on the same...More

Thank Mathieu M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Seriously, place is huge! Can't do it all in one day, 100 acres! It was really awesome, my 5 year old loved it. We took advantage of everything our pass allowed for, the guided bus tour, the kangaroo bus, the 4D movie, the skyfari, we...More

Thank aknguyen
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent 5 hours here and we normally have an attention span of 2. There's so much to see and the price of admission is so worth it!!! Pandas and lions and hippos, oh my!

Thank tonx75
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Go there if you do nothing else! We went for opening which unexpectedly had a lovely surprise to see- I won't ruin it, it's worth it though and also it gets busier through the day. Also it's cooler first thing so animals were more active...More

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cannot say enough great things about this zoo. Best we have been too. Kids loved it and adults loved it!!!!

Thank Nanci V
Reviewed 2 days ago

As I was planning my first trip to California, I knew the San Diego Zoo was a must from all of the high recommendations about it. I generally enjoy zoos and love animals, but was pretty disappointed after visiting the San Diego Zoo. I enjoyed...More

Thank Trish E
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6 July 2017|
Response from Shannon-in-ca | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Not tons of fountains for refilling so bring a big bottle.
6 July 2017|
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Response from C9298KCalanl | Reviewed this property |
Yes Bottled water is Allowed , I took mine .
NicknRip L
4 July 2017|
Response from L P | Reviewed this property |
There is AAA discount and at your hotel/airport there are brochures for $5 off per person (up to I believe 7ppl). I suggest calling concerning your specific question