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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-231-0249
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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 Spend an Afternoon

Animal lovers' heaven in a beautiful park! I had greater expectations for the exorbitant admission fee, but it is a very large zoo with all types of animals. A large section was... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Animal lovers' heaven in a beautiful park! I had greater expectations for the exorbitant admission fee, but it is a very large zoo with all types of animals. A large section was under renovation and closed off in January, but the weather was the perfect to stroll around.

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Corrales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My partner and I visited for the first time, and loved every minute of it! My only complaint is that we didn't have enough time to see everything...haha. The transportation around the grounds is outstanding, the volunteers throughout the facility are always willing to help with any questions with a smile. We want to come back again.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The San Diego Zoo is a must-do. Plan for a full day because there's so much to see and do. I would recommend going early. We went in the middle of July, but got there for opening, and it felt like we had the zoo to ourselves for at least an hour, the crowds were so minimal to start the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

really amazing place for families and kids to enjoy some fun time and see different animals in their different habitats.

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Waregem, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I only could spend couple of hours in this zoo via work, but even this short visit made an impression on me which I will never forget. the polar bears, the elephant zone, ... fantastic

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although it was quite a trek to walk and see the pandas in the coo it was worth the visit & I would totally recommend. I also would recommend you go to the zoo early in the day to avoid big crowds!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely fabulous how can you go wrong with the world famous Zoo the number of species the number of plant life it is one of the best running and friendliest zoos I've ever been to.... there is a reason for being world famous

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to the SD Zoo like 10+ times. I love it so much I decided to work there a few months promoting the Zoo monthly membership and talking about the endangered animals and the conservation programs around the world the San Diego Zoo sponsors. Probably the best Zoo in the world. All the exhibits are built to resemble as... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are ever in San Diego, a visit to the San Diego Zoo should be on your must see list. The San Diego Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world. You can see koalas, pandas, elephants, rhinos, camels, giraffe, lots of big cats and of course orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas. Animals from every continent are here.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had heard so much about the zoo I couldn't wait to get there. But to my disappointment my wife and myself were charged $42 a piece to enter. I thought this was very expensive. To add insult to injury half the zoo was shut down or under construction.As far as I'm concerned just free the animals and stop robbing... More 

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