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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 234 3153
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great Zoo, a little difficult to get around

Great zoo, staff is very helpful. Many animals to see, plan to spend the day and take the bus tour. Get's you around the park very quickly and may see things that you would like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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Loveland, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were there after 6pm. It was a cool nite. All the animals were inside. Hard to see them. Very crowed. Long lines. Rode gondala. Nice ride.

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Tampa, Florida
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great zoo, staff is very helpful. Many animals to see, plan to spend the day and take the bus tour. Get's you around the park very quickly and may see things that you would like to get a close up later in the day..

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Sylvania, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Everything was great here from the people and animals to the sky and regular trolleys. Whatever you do there, make sure you take the bus tour first thing and hope that Zooman is there to send you off. He is absolutely ONE OF A KIND!

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Orlando, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is the largest zoo I have ever seen. I recommend having plenty of time and just roam around. We were on a tight schedule and decided to take the bus tour to get a complete over view but that was a waste of time. You couldn't really see anything from the bus and the brake squeaking noise was driving... More 

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Tijuana, Mexico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Best zoo ive visited in my life, has enormous variety of animals, of all kinds, but you need to have a good pair of comfortable tennis shoes because it is also huge

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Vancouver
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Bring some snacks at water to save some lineups and cost, but overall, it's a great zoo. The panda lineup can grow to 30-45 minutes, so make it your first stop at opening time and enjoy.

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Olathe, Kansas
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173 reviews 173 reviews
16 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We are members of the Kansas City Zoo and have heard wonderful things about the San Diego Zoo; therefore, when in San Diego, we had to see the zoo. We came in with high expectations based on the reviews. A little disappointed and expecting to be wowed; however, coming in with high expectations, it is easy to be disappointed. That... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Staff were very helpful and able to guide any direction with a friendly nature. Food was simple but substantial. Animals were well kept and abundant in this beautiful place.

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Halifax, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I am so impressed with the work that this zoo is doing to save endangered species. They are not only bringing education and entertainment to the public but also doing this world a lot of good. It's a great place to visit, jam packed with sights and sounds. Go early and well rested!

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I preferred to visit the Safari Park instead of the zoo just because I have visited several zoos and wanted to have a different experience to see animals roam freely rather than in a small enclosure. I must say this was the best experience. Also I think the way we covered the zoo actually helped us do everything in a... More 

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