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San Diego Zoo

#2 of 435 things to do in San Diego Features Animals
2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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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, 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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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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Reviewed August 19, 2015

While in San Diego to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we decided to devote on full day to visiting the world-famous San Diego Zoo located in Balboa Park. We took a public transit bus from downtown San Diego (Broadway # 7 or #215), paying a...More

Thank soccerdad_9
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Back again to visit this great zoo. It was really hot in San Diego during our visit, but took the bus tour during the hottest part of the day to help keep cool. Arrived in the afternoon and took advantage of the nighttime zoo by...More

Thank longnex
Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

A whole day worth of fun. My 2 yr old loved it. The double deck buses help with getting around because it's so huge.

Thank QLQ
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Plenty to do at the zoo , live entertainment , relaxing atmosphere , pink flamingos , giraffes and more .

Thank Markus L
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Was beautiful!! Go in the morning before it gets hot when the animals are most active. The lions are furthest away from the front gate. You may want to walk through straight to the lions and work your way back. By the time we got...More

Thank Bonnie D
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Tremendous setting!. Pandas, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, monkeys (including babies) all well kept and in view on their terms. Not us humans!

Thank Bill J
Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

The tour out into the saferi was our favorite. Saw lots did lots would recommend to everyone. Bring comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking involved. Full day of fun and lots of things to do and see would come again.

Thank Kal B
Reviewed August 19, 2015

I've been to a lot of zoos, but the San Diego Zoo wins hands down as the best. Give yourself plenty of time. If you are staying close by, you can actually leave and be re-admitted the same day. See their website FAQs for details.

Thank sugarl1952
Reviewed August 18, 2015

Well informed staff & very clean grounds. Enjoyed the bus ride around the zoo before walking around to see the animals, was a spectacular place to see.

Thank summerholidaynz
Reviewed August 18, 2015

What a great zoo and the group sales staff was extremely helpful. They helped our family book a "behind the scenes" tour of the zoo and it was a great way to start our visit.

Thank cherylwalt
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July 5, 2017|
Response from Shannon-in-ca | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Not tons of fountains for refilling so bring a big bottle.
July 5, 2017|
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Response from C9298KCalanl | Reviewed this property |
Yes Bottled water is Allowed , I took mine .
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July 4, 2017|
Response from L P | Reviewed this property |
There is AAA discount and at your hotel/airport there are brochures for $5 off per person (up to I believe 7ppl). I suggest calling concerning your specific question