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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 16192310249
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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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Amazing zoo!

This is one of the biggest zoo we've been to. It's huge so be prepared to walk a lot. We've spent one whole day but actually it's better to split into 2 days to enjoy all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the biggest zoo we've been to. It's huge so be prepared to walk a lot. We've spent one whole day but actually it's better to split into 2 days to enjoy all the exhibits and animals. Busses inside the zoo are really good to get around. Parking is free but food inside the zoo is expensive.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I always wanted to visit San Diego zoo to see the pandas and they didn't disappoint. The zoo is huge and very beautiful. All the trees keep everything shaded and cool. Spent 5 hrs there and still missed a few things. I went during the week and it wasn't crowded at all.

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Thank Emily D
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to many zoos but the SD Zoo has definitely earned its title as world famous! The Habitats are so clean and accurate and the staff is fantastic!

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Despite very hot day we ventured to the zoo. Free parking close to entrance. We headed straight to the bus tour for the informative park overview. All day drink refill with purchase of $11 cup was good for the hot day. Skyline transfer to the top of the park meant we walked downhill. Lots of animals were very easy to... More 

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Vacaville, California
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've visited the zoo since the early 1980's, and it just gets better every time I go. Pace yourself, and bring shade hats.

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Thank Marilyn D
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ok so we're not huge fans of animals being in captivity - but SD zoo do lots in terms of protection of species that are under threat in the wild, and we also found the habitats they have constructed for their animals to be very impressive and quite authentic. They have lots of volunteer staff who are really passionate about... More 

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Thank Liz M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First off, this is a big place. you want to give yourself 6-8 hours to see all of it. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, etc. It was a lot of fun, on a very hot day. not all the animals wanted to be out, and were hiding from the heat. The gondola ride was really fun at the end as... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Expect to do a lot of walking at this zoo. It's huge! It does not have one main path. There are multiple pathways that go to different parts of the zoo. You can take a bus for a fee that drives around the more popular places (you will miss the monkeys and apes in the middle of the zoo). I've... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well set out zoo, great day out for all ages. Easy to get around. Only downside are prices of food and drink.

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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A world class zoo. Well worth the visit. Beautiful exhibits. Really well done. Great sit down restaurant inside the park called Alberts which has very good food.

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