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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
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2929 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-231-0249
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Reviewed yesterday

For the past three years in May my wife and I take our son and daughter to the zoo. It's only a 90 minute drive and based on the variety, size, animals and fun activities we prefer the San Diego Zoo over the LA zoo.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank KENYATTA S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Huge zoo which will take up the whole day today explore. One of the best zoos in the world that I have been to.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank davidc201987
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a fun time! Lots of exotic animals. Zoo was clean, staff was friendly and informative. Very active animals!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AmandaC2370
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great place, animals are beautiful, skyride was joy for all 4. Kind and helpful staff. Great expirience!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lidijagg
Reviewed yesterday

One day is not enough to maneuver through this massive zoo. We got a bit lost so signage/maps could be a little better but we had a blast and enjoyed a beautiful day with the animals. We also had lunch in the restaurant and it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TheKidd26
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a great place to visit. The day we were there a lot of the animals were not visible but we went at the end gf the day.

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

My friend and I spent the whole day at the zoo. The sky tram was closed for the annual check up. We enjoyed the whole day. We love seeing the panda, although thought the enclosure was a bit small. But the bear is thriving and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Schnauzerfamily
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great day at the Zoo not to busy little cooler so more animals out and about.Something for everyone.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank donnasB4179ES
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Zoo is amazing! I would get here early if you can. It is nice to beat the crowd. I like the walk, but if you have never been you may want to take the bus. I would walk first. My favoirites are the Koalas,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GG2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

The San Diego zoo is considered one of the best in the US and I concur. It is well organized and the staff was excellent. To see everything will take a whole day. It's a great educational experience for all ages. It was very interesting...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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aswebb1418
January 15, 2019|
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Response from svasti g | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if they have TV’s, but there are restaurants inside the zoo that may have TV’s playing the game. The zoo is centrally located though, close to downtown, so you can definitely go watch the game.
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sonalib291
January 6, 2019|
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Response from 53Prince53 | Reviewed this property |
The zoo is designed on both flat and hilly walkways. They are all paved. There are both stairs with flat stop areas and also escaladers in various areas. Check on the terrain in the zoo map which is located near the... More
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NolascoJ
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
Kristi
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.
MarleneRay
North Queensland
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|