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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tram ride”(306 reviews)
“african tram”(139 reviews)
Step into an adventure like no other at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Your exciting safari experience includes seeing herds of rhinos, giraffes, antelope, zebras, and more roaming natural habitats, a choice of guided safari expeditions, and...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027-7017
+1 760-747-8702
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another item off of our bucket list! The only negatives I had were $15 to park and the traffic to get there/back from San Diego. We arrived when the park opened. We had purchased tickets for the Safari Caravan tour that began one hour later....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank philangie6370
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided to choose Safari park over San Diego Zoo. The drive to park was scenic and we reached at 9:30 am. We were greeted by beautiful birds as we entered the park. After a wait for about 20mins we got into African tram which...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mohit29
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I visited the San Diego area late December through early January and spent our very first day here. It was Christmas Day, which was rainy in the morning but then cleared up for the afternoon. The rain kept the animals in hiding...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ellenbee56
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is amazing. The vegetation is beautiful, the animals have space. It was clean and a lot of fun. Sadly it was raining but we enjoyed it anyway. Keep in mind though - there is a lot of walking that needs to be done...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank B5242VHkennethc
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited there with family and the park is just magnificent. To see rhinos, giraffe and antelopes wandering the plains was so good to see. Disabled access is great - a few steeper areas to negotiate. Disabled access on to the safari train was easy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 895georgec
Reviewed 1 week ago

They created the environment for a total experience, which is memorable. Much better than the zoo. Make sure you choose the sunny day to visit, otherwise they close the cheetah run. We were there on the rainy day, and the park officer was nice enough...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Aurainbow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the safari park at the end of January. Even though we went on a Saturday it wasn’t very crowded. We were able to see everything including the baby elephants! We had lunch at a restaurant that overlooked the Savannah. The volunteer staff was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ann Marie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know that the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is huge and you can’t always get around to all of the sites but a must see is Walkabout Australia. It is a bit of a walk and a pretty winding semi steep incline but the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank joeisom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pretty fun if you've never been, but just don't go during summer months because it can get HOT! If you have to choose between this and the Zoo, choose the Zoo, much more for your money.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Erik W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a wonderful time at SDZSP. The park is spread out so be prepared to do a lot of walking. There are an extensive number of exhibits and they are excellent in our opinion. Be sure to do the free tram...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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January 14, 2019|
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Response from Kevin W | Reviewed this property |
This is the best zoo in the world. Period. If you have the time to spend more than one day, I would spend more than one day. You will not be disappointed.
Dana S
November 19, 2018|
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Response from old_fogeySanDiego | Reviewed this property |
That is during Butterfly Jungle so it would be 9 AM to 6 PM. Normal hours outside of summer is 9 - 5. It tends to be pretty crowded - especially on weekends during that time so plan accordingly.
November 11, 2018|
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Response from Flormann | Reviewed this property |
Service animals only