San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido: Hours, Address, San Diego Zoo Safari Park Reviews: 4.5/5

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an expansive, non-profit wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.75 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California. he San Diego Zoo is operated by the international non-profit San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) empowers people from around the globe to support their mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships. The Zoo was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D. It currently has an 11-member Board of Trustees headed by Steven G. Tappan; and Paul A. Baribault is the president/CEO.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $62.00
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Douglas P
1 contribution
Love the Park.
Jun 2021 • Couples
Been season members for several years and never get tired of the Park. There’s always a new experience and the animals never disappoint us.
Written June 17, 2021
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dinfamily2009
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A wonderful time!
Jun 2021 • Family
Very enjoyable trip for the family. We spent well over 3 hrs and had a good time exploring the zoo. We did the balloon lift/ride which was fun and unique. And the tram was excellent, the driver shared wonderful facts and knowledge of the animals and their habitat. The kids got a break from the heat at the water playground / splash pad.
Written June 17, 2021
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Andrea E
1 contribution
Bad experience!! Had to pay for something I didn't receive.
Jun 2021 • Family
I booked for the wrong date and wrong park, was wanting to change date and park. I realized that I booked for the wrong date and time 5 minutes after it was confirmed. Called them back they said that I couldn't change anything, and that I couldn't get a refund. Was charged for it even though I was unable to go. You should be able to get a refund or change date or parks if a mistake was made.
Written June 15, 2021
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Dani S
3 contributions
Go to Safari Park!
Jun 2021
We visited Safari Park on a Tuesday in early June. We got there about 20 minutes early and there was hardly anyone there. They opened the gates at 8:55 and we were quickly let into the park. We were able to walk through the aviary, gorilla trail and lagoon loop before our Wildlife Safari at 9:45. We didn't rush at all, totally took our time and were not even close to ever feeling crowded as the park was pretty empty. The Wildlife Safari was AWESOME. I know it's expensive, but it was the highlight of our day. It was so cool being so close to all the animals. Then we walked the Australian section (cute) of the park and the condor trail (I would skip this one if we ever go again). The Tiger Trail starts with an amazing section of bamboo forest. My advice on this trail is to just turn around and go back the way you came after you see the tiger - the rest of that trail is just CA landscape. Then we walked the Africa part of the park and Elephant Grove. Did all this before our lunch reservation at The Watering Hole at 1:15. I was able to make the reservation early that morning and I'm glad I did, as lots of people were being turned away. It was worth it as the view is fantastic. It was a great day and I'm really glad we were there on a relatively cool, uncrowded day. We also visited the zoo later that week and it was also amazing, but I prefer this park because the animals just seemed closer. The only negative I can think of is that there weren't very many food options. Most of the smaller carts were closed. I'm not sure if this is a covid thing or a low attendance day thing. Also, the Africa Tram and the Cheetah Run were not available. Overall, a wonderful experience!
Written June 14, 2021
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Ivan S
1 contribution
Excellent
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great experience. Welcome to all ages. Staff is very knowledgeable of all exhibits and animals. Would definitely bring the little ones to have a great learning opportunity
Written June 13, 2021
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Dusky E
Anaheim, CA5 contributions
Everything is closed!
Jun 2021
We are requesting our money back. So many things were closed. It was such a huge waste of money! Do not make the same mistake we did. We came for a family trip. I was recently diagnosed with cancer. I won't get this day back.
Written June 13, 2021
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Tim K.
San Diego, CA1 contribution
The Power went out!
Jun 2021 • Solo
With the power out it allowed for an incredible experience. It was so great. Reason why is because it was quiet and everything was quiet. It allowed for that true “Safari” experience. I would highly recommend, even though it was unplanned, that the park consider doing that on a regular basis. Loved it!

Thank you for letting me share.
Written June 11, 2021
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David T
Sacramento, CA154 contributions
Huge zoo-wonderful day
Jun 2021 • Family
First time at this zoo. Will start with FREE parking and a lot of it. Check in was not bad. No security check, just a line to get in Currently mask are required per all the signs but I will say only 20% of people had them on. Food and stores open at 10:30am. One the the staff said it takes 4 hours to go through this zoo and she was right. A lot of waking and uphill in some areas There was so much to see. We didn’t have a game plan, we just walked and enjoyed. The animal enclosures were huge and amazing. Hope you enjoy the park
Written June 10, 2021
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Stephanie B
1 contribution
Bring water
Jun 2021 • Couples
Loads of walking! loved it all the flaura and fauna to look at. Bring water! Take your time and you'll see more. Not great for small children as lots of walking and it's warm most times if the year. Bring a jacket on the tram!
Written June 8, 2021
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Reviewer
9 contributions
Do not waste your money!
Jun 2021 • Family
The Safari was not what I expected. I thought I was going to be on a Safari and a tour guide was going to be describing animals. It turns out that a tour costs $310+ depending on which tour you want. The animals are very far away, and I would not recommend you spend your money going to the Safari park.

Also, I had purchased a sandwich and uncooked bacon was in my sandwich. I am happy I was able to see this, because I would have gotten food poisoning.
Written June 8, 2021
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