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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-231-0249
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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 place to visit

I did the bus tour which was very informative. It also gives you a sense of specific places you can go back to see after the bus tour is over. Plus it it informative. I liked the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I did the bus tour which was very informative. It also gives you a sense of specific places you can go back to see after the bus tour is over. Plus it it informative. I liked the reptile house. You cant get it all in one visit, but it is worth visiting.

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Boise, Idaho, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

By far the best zoo I have ever visited. Many exhibits clean animals well tended and active. Prepare to walk very much to see took nearly 7 hours.

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Thank Skeeter M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was in San Diego for 11 months and I visited the zoo 3 times. I would absolutely recommend it. It would be a wonderful idea for a romantic date, especially at sunset on the skyline or when it starts getting dark since there are many cute little lights around the park.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth visiting if you are in San Diego. Lots to see so I'd recommend spending the whole day here to make the most of it (the entrance cost is $53). The bus is a good way to see everything in a short space of time. Food options are plentiful but quite expensive. There are water fountains around the zoo... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very expensive however a worthwhile trip to the zoo! Grounds were lovely and had a great time! Would definitely revisit!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great afternoon/evening here. Hard to negotiate your way around as the maps and signs are confusing but a really great zoo. We loved the jungle bells brass ensemble as par of their xmas program

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its a large, very beautiful zoo. There are animals from all parts of the globe and several endangered ones. The staff is helpful. Food is costly but not worthy. Come by 9 am to get free zoo parking and sufficient time to cover everything. We were informed that many animals are more active during dawn and dusk so visiting in... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While we didn't have a whole lot of time to see everything, we saw what we wanted to see. Most of the animals were active in some capacity, except the cats. Probably because we were there from 3-5pm. Seemed a little pricey to me for a zoo, but it was worth it.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there after knowing they have pandas and thought it would be a nice experience for our kids It's overrated , the animals enclosures are really small we felt so bad for it The panda trail was nice but really narrow so it was always crowded

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my very favorite zoo in the world! There is every animal you could want to see, and they are displayed beautifully, safely and I interestingly. You need to spend hours there, as there is so much to see and do. It is costly but worth every penny!

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