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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 234 3153
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Considered one of America's best, this famous zoo is home to some of the...
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.
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I'd been to the San Diego Zoo in the 70's, loved it. And it's even better now! We were advised to take the free bus tour around the park first, before going to the individual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Sacramento, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I'd been to the San Diego Zoo in the 70's, loved it. And it's even better now! We were advised to take the free bus tour around the park first, before going to the individual areas. That worked well. In hindsight, we would've arrived when they opened, taken the bus tour, then headed straight for the panda exhibit. By the... More 

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College Station, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

You should definitely bring your walking shoes and take advantage of the kangaroo bus. Even if you're in shape, unless you're a marathoner or something, you're feet or legs are likely to get a little tired. This might sound weird, but bring quarters. There are these "foot massage" machine things in some parts of the zoo. You might feel ridiculous... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great Zoo. Well spent 3-4 hours Enjoyed the Koala and Panda bears along with the Elephants, Lions Tigers, and our favorite the 3 Polar Bears.

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Clay City, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Zoo is You must take the bus ride around the Zoo before you explore the zoo. It is very informative. We did not get to see it all because we were on a time limit. Must see.

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Took public transportation to get there. Drivers and fellow passengers were very helpful (very simple, really, but we were rookie travelers) and left us with a wonderful impressions of San Diegans. The zoo is amazing and deserving of its international reputation. Our first time seeing pandas! We're 60 years old and a little out of shape so 4 hours wasn't... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

There was a lot of construction going on in the zoo. Made it a little less enjoyable. It is always fun to see the animals. You should go early for the pandas as they tend to be asleep if you don't go right when the zoo opens.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Taking the bus tour early helped us narrow down what we wanted to make sure to see in the day we spent here. We came on a Wednesday and it wasn't packed which was great. Great animals and plants in a beautiful setting.

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We've been to a ton of zoo's because of our children and have to say this is a mega zoo. Very amazing animals, beautiful landscaping and amazing botanical gardens. Our only problem is that it's ultra confusing to navigate. They should post way more signs and put maps showing You are here in more places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A great zoo, a lot to walk.. amazing animals. nice maps . nice staff. Loved it. dislike: all photos are soooo expensive and they take your photo in every corner. liked: the bus tour and kangaroo bus. the exhibits.

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Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The zoo was great. Make sure to get there when it opens. We went right at 9 and avoided many lines. The anamals were all being fed and got to breeze thru the exhibits. It's a cheaper versions of disneys animal kingdom.

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