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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 16192310249
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100...

Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and see what the elephants are up to. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or the scenic view from the Skyfari aerial tram, and dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert's Restaurant. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper chats. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.

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Great Zoo.

I would recommend taking the guided bus tour first thing in the morning when you arrive. We did this and got a great overview of the whole zoo. It was pretty quiet and relaxing... read more

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Halifax
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I would recommend taking the guided bus tour first thing in the morning when you arrive. We did this and got a great overview of the whole zoo. It was pretty quiet and relaxing before the crowds got there. I also would recommend sitting on the top deck if it is not too hot. You get great views down into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved the sky tram, bus tour (A must on hot days). Facilities were clean, plenty of friendly and helpful staff. Animals were active even with the high temps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great zoo. Tours are wonderful. Even though it rained (first time in 102 days), it was well worth it.

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a well organized Zoo but lots of walking lots of hills so not for the informed unless you had a wheelchair....

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our day at the zoo.... many different enclosures and animal talks. Of course it's a zoo so it's what you expect animals, animals and more animals. Keeper talks were interesting and it was great to sit for a bit.

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Thank Jodie S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We love animals and definitely had to plan s day to goto the San Diego world renowned zoo. I love all the different types of animal exhibits they had, bring from NY I of course compare it too the Bronx zoo and it's almost as good but I do recommend ring very hydrated because there are many hills and a... More 

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Thank LISA T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I went to the San Diego Zoo as part of a trip to CA and we loved it! I am currently on a knee scooter due to a foot injury and while going uphill was hard, I didn't run into many things I couldn't do because of it. This was a nice change of pace compared to... More 

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Thank Karen H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The staff are very passionate about world conservation. The zoo itself is great and has plenty of shade for the hot sunny days. It's a bit pricey but running a zoo is not cheap and neither is saving the world from ourselves.

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Thank Quentin S
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had to visit the famous San Diego zoo whilst here. You can get around the zoo by hop on hop off bus, skyfari (cable car) or the guided bus tour. Only down side was that as it was a hot day, many of the animals were asleep and/or out of view. Short of the keepers prodding them with pointed sticks,... More 

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Lakeside, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been there many times, mostly to take pictures and get behind the scenes when I can. I live in San Diego so I've been there many times. The SD Zoo is doing tons of research and they have lots of educational programs for all ages. I agree with one of the reviewers, however, that it is difficult to get around... More 

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