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“Hard to see it all”
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.
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Very spread out, hard to see it all. Well worth the visit!

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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Take the guided tour bus. You can see 70% of the zoo this way. Use the tram to cross from one side of the zoo to the other. Wear comfortable shoes and take your time exploring, there are steep climbs. Use the map provided, it shows the trail rating (easy, moderate) to advise you in advance of what you will encounter.

I took the Backstage Pass and it was worth the $99 dollars. Great experience.

I found the food options acceptable. Staff is very friendly. Keep your cell phone turned off! Especially during tours. One gentleman found out the hard way that it is not appreciated by hard working tour guides...

Thank Solo67_4
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Having been to zoos around the US and even across the pond, it is one of the best. I have mixed emotions about caging wild animals, but this place works to be the kindest possible. Lots of walking so wear good shoes.

Thank Maconthemove
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

A wonderful zoo with a huge variety of animals. What I didn't realize is how spread out it is and how much uphill and downhill walking there is. If you are in a wheelchair or have any mobility issues this would be a challenging place to visit.

Thank djrhoffman
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Believe the hype. Excellent zoo. Can get tiring, especially on the inclines. Some elevators & escalators are available for all.

Thank Rodney C
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