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San Diego Zoo

2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
619 234 3153
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Ranked #9 of 235 Attractions in San Diego
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Type: Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Considered one of America's best, this famous zoo is home to some of the rarest animals in the world including giant pandas and koalas. Visitors... more » Owner description: Considered one of America's best, this famous zoo is home to some of the rarest animals in the world including giant pandas and koalas. Visitors explore animal habitats organized into 10 bioclimatic zones, from arctic tundra to rainforest. « less
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We had the 2 park pass, so we visited the Safari Park as well. It is quite a large zoo and on a hill so you will do a far bit of walking. Saw the whole park and it is exhausting. Was not keen on the enclosures for some of the animals as it was quite small for the size... More

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Makakilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I've been going to the San Diego Zoo for over 60 years and it just keeps getting better. We've shared it with our children and so many other family members. It has precious memories of my Mom and so many stages in my life. Each time I return, I'm like a child all over again. It is a world class... More

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united kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Went when it was very hot so no animals were out so didn't see many of them!! Very large park to walk around but very hard when it's hot!! Plenty of places to eat and drink plus refill of fluids on your way round! I wouldn't say it's a must to visit would just say If your at a lose... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Visited from Seattle with 3-year-old grandson during the record-breaking heat wave, which is why we missed some of the zoo! Disappointed in missing some but just couldn't take the heat anymore! Great zoo though! Be ready to walk some serious hills! Nice to have free parking cuz that adds up after a few "adventures"!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Came here with a friend whilst visiting San Diego. Reasonable entry prices, glad it included rides on the cable cars and buses, what tickets don't include those??? Couldn't believe how active the three polar bears were that we saw, never seen any move as much. The pandas were very cute. I did wonder if there were larger areas of the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The zoo has a lot to offer and I will agree that some exhibits are small, while others appear to be very nice for the animals (they also own the Safari Park where animals are in different open field exhibits) We liked there's LOTS of SHADE with so many trees!! We're paler north-easterners so this was wonderful. BEST TIP: go... More

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wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I spent the entire day at the San Diego Zoo and still did not see or do everything that is available. The zoo is topnotch, clean, great signage, knowledgeable volunteers and a variety of ways to get around besides walking. I suggest starting the day with the bus tour which will give you an overview of what is available. Animals... More

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The botanical gardens are gorgeous. Unfortunately, we were disappointed by the hummingbird aviary - very few hummers to be seen. The zoo keeper talks are very interesting and informatvie. We spent the entire day and were still not able to see all of the animals on exhibit!

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

It pains me to write this review as I had been looking forward to visiting this zoo for quite some time. I feel it is over priced for the types of animals you see. I am from the Midwest and have probably been spoiled by being able to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha frequently.

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Love it ! Very nice natural surroundings - make this zoo one of the best in the world :) Be prepared to walk a lot if you want to see it all .. stroller access can be steep at times in certain areas ... the skyride was lovely - another perspective and dimension to the whole experience

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