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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo
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San Diego Zoo
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2929 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent over 6 hours here and couldn’t see everything. This place has so much to do and see. I can’t say enough about how they truly care about the animals and their habitat. I will be going back again when I make it to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Apofire
Reviewed yesterday

If you are into zoos, there is no question...you have to go to the San Diego Zoo. Located inside Balboa Park, it is marvelous. Easily a day visit. If you have interest in seeing both large and small animals in a safari like setting, travel...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roving48689247243
Reviewed yesterday

What can be said? The hype is real. I would highly recommend the San Diego zoo. The service was great, the animals are happy, and there is so much to see!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank matthewabel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our visit was a very pleasant one. Not only were the animals well looked after the park was beautiful and very had too many animals to learn about. Although there was much walkig to be done, the staff were all vefy helpful and volunteers were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank xiaohuiho
Reviewed 2 days ago

Huge huge zoo with tons of animals, shopping, a sky tram, etc. No pandas though, you have to go to the DC zoo for those ;) Great for families with or without young kids.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank noraeqb
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a wonderful adventure filled with fun for the family. Exploring all the paths and getting up close to so many animals was incredible. The keepers were all over the place to answer questions and assist in interacting with many of the animals within...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LittleKings
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Have always heard about this zoo but never had the pleasure to visit while in-town until today. Very well maintained and nice for the animals. This is in the top 3 zoos I’ve seen. The staff is fully engaging and friendly anywhere that you see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tedcavinski
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on a Monday it was a bit cool, overcast and very few people there but all the animals were very active!!! From the snakes, to all the big cats and polar bears.... everyone was on the move and it was awesome! Walked right...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank travelingjunkie14
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to the safari zoo first before coming here, so probably this is why we were not that excited to see animals as we have seen plenty one day prior. We took the guided bus tour first which circled through the zoo and gave...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank irenewang313
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very good Zoo with plenty to see lots of walking but there is a Cable car that runs from one side to the other

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 26, 2018|
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Response from SilverSageMag | Reviewed this property |
I think with only a few days in California and staying north in LA - the San Diego zoo is quite a trek and there are many other wonderful things to do. Especially if you've been to any zoo before. Even touring homes for sale... More
Annie S
November 3, 2018|
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Response from UgaSanDiego_cal_ | Reviewed this property |
Better to rent a car or Uber.. distance between the parks require that
Travel Forum Posts
Best Area for San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines (6 Replies)
Hello, My husband, myself, and our 2 year old son will be in SD for 2.5 days. We plan on arriving on a Friday morning and leaving Sunday after breakfast. We do not like being rushed and don't want to plan on too many activities as we are traveling with a toddler. So we have narrowed down our must do activities to Balboa Park/Zoo and a visit to Torrey Pines. Friday: Torrey Pines, Lunch, and ????? (suggestions? beach?) Saturday: Balboa Park and Zoo and maybe dinner in Little Italy (we...More
March 03, 2017|
Response fromRiff M|
Hi, When are you coming? I ask because prices may depend on month/dates etc?? When you say "Torrey Pines" do you mean you want to walk/hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve or do you mean you want to see the Torrey Pines golf course or Torrey Pines State Beach??? Balboa Park and the Torrey Pines area are about 15-20min apart by car so you can stay anywhere in the city and easily get to all areas with a car. IF you want a bit more room with your toddler I'd look at the Homewood Suites by...More
Denver, Colorado
Best days to avoid crowds for our trip 11/21-11/26? (11 Replies)
Hi everyone, We would like to plan our trip to avoid crowds the best possible. Here is a list of things we'd like to do: Sea World San Diego Zoo Day in La Jolla USS Midway LegoLand (maybe) Which day would you go to each place? We are in SD Saturday-Thursday (Thanksgiving), excluding travel days. Thinking of going to the zoo on Thanksgiving. Thoughts?
November 07, 2015|
Response fromelizzie4000|
Hi KG Here's your other thread on the subject tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60750-i41-k873705… All the places you've listed will be busier on Sat & Sun then a weekday.
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Tours4fun (0 Replies)
Just a follow up to my question about doing tour to San Diego Zoo, I went ahead and booked it as there really wasn't an alternative for me, I was due to go tomorrow received confirmation and E-ticket. Phoned to reconfirm to find they had sold me a non existent tour, have been promised a full refund $140.00 so fingers crossed so be wary of any tours you THINK you have booked with them
May 04, 2016|