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Review of San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
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$52.00*
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San Diego Zoo
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San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Combo Tour
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$104.99*
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San Diego Zoo with Transport from Anaheim
Ranked #2 of 445 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 3, 2012

Walk around a bit then take advantage of the bus tour that comes with admission.

Thank Lighthouse21
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Every time we get visitors we take them to see our wonderful zoo. Now a days it is easy to walk around the exhibits to see the animals AND we enjoy the bus tours too. Children's zoo and nursery are wonderful too.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

We did the whole zoo, and it was worth it. I would recommend the trolly/train tour though. It was hot when we were there, and a good break did us well. So much to see and the kids loved it.

Thank embrowns
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

We spent 5 hours there with our sons (7 & 10) and saw almost everything. Take your lunch!!! Our lunch (burger, fries, General Tso's Chicken, 2 kids meals and one refillable drink) was about $44 !!!! Or just snack then head to Plill's BBQ and feed a family of 4 for the same price!!! (Wonderful BBQ place)

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

The park is huge, but is that good. You walk forever to see sparse animals. Tons of strollers you get stuck behind, so busy even off peak that theres no parking and hard to get a spot to see the animals. the line to see pandas is about an hour and a half long. There are some good things, but hard to keep on your mind with the frustration. Not what you would expect from "americas best zoo"

Thank Mikebrez
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