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San Diego Zoo

2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
619 234 3153
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As featured in San Diego for young kids
Ranked #7 of 225 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Orlando, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We arrived at an opening at 9 AM. I was hoping in the morning that the animals would be more active, but I think it was so hot it didn't matter what time of the day we were there. We went to see the pandas first and really enjoyed watching them. Next we went to see the polar bears, but... More

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Reno, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My wife was so excited to visit the San Diego Zoo. To our disappointment it was just a large piece of land with little to view. Very difficult to navigate and quite frankly the animal displays left a lot to be desired. We will not return!

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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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95 reviews 95 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The very famous San Diego Zoo is a must visite attraction. Expensive ($51/pp) but worth the money. It is located in beautiful Balboa Park and has a large and free parking lot. The zoo is divided into zones such as Asia, Africa, Outback and Polar.Most striking (for us) were the magnificent variety of trees and plants. It's almost a tropical... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I guess I had high expectations but I didn't find anything particularly special about this zoo. We enjoyed the Sky Ride very much but after that it was pretty much like any other zoo nothing really set it apart. A good portion of the animals weren't out (it was hot)... so that was disappointing. The panda was pretty cool but... More

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Fajardo, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Not as good as the Wild Animal Park, but worth a Visit. We spent the whole entire day visiting all the animal exhibits with the monkeys being the best ofcourse (that is if you like monkeys) anyways we had lunch there a little expensive but what do you expect at San Diego Zoo. Take the kids!

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The San Diego Zoo. In itself a classic tourist attraction, a must-do in San Diego. Our visit was pretty cool. Reptile-house, Insect-house (every itch you feel on you in that room will freak you out), the panda's were cute (expect a line, though), and there are some busses driving around for tours. The Skyfari is a fun and exciting way... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Was a great place to visit with the kids. Lots of shelter from the sun. Good bus trip so you can get your bearings. Highly recommend. The staff where friendly and very knowledgeable.. talk to the man about the koalas etc very interesting and imformative

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Little Elm, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This Zoo is very nice, but its more than just a Zoo. Its also a beautiful botanic garden. We loved the zoo side of it but we were more impressed by all the trees and flowers. We also love the fact that they grow most of their food there for the animals. Their coffee they grow there is pretty good.... More

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Pleasant Hill, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Love this place. it's so cool and fun to see such a wide variety of animals. Be prepared to do lots of walking though, and, on a number of hills. It's not difficult, but you will want to wear your walking shoes. Highly recommend.

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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I can't believe hos this zoo can get such a high score. Don't people see how extremely small the cages are. Don't they see how the polar bears suffer in a 30 C degrees heat? How can it even be ALLOWED to keep polar beers in this part of the world, where it's so hot???? It was so depressing seeing... More

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