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“The BEST attraction in Southern California”
Review of San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
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Ranked #2 of 443 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 June 18, 2010

We just left the SD Zoo and we were extremely happy with it. Once you realize that it has been at this spot since 1916, where it has come is truly amazing. That is not to say it is aged at all. It is a very modern Zoo and museum.

We would highly recommend the SD Zoo over other souther California attractions including SeaWorld and Disneyland. Skip them and come here.

The staff were great and it was evident they loved their jobs. The Bird show was fun and funny. This is a fit person's park as you will get exercise with the hills. It was good with us!

The only downside we could see was the cost for soda. $4.19 for a soda? Wow, that is WAY over priced.

Thank Chris_G_2008
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Reviewed June 9, 2010

it was a disappointment. we went to the henery doorly zoo in omaha a couple years back a and the san diego zoo pales in comparison.

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Reviewed June 6, 2010

The San Diego Zoo is huge! That's the first and most memorable part of the zoo. I don't know if it's the actual size or the layout that gives the appearance. You must take no less than 4 - 6 hours to see this place. My wife and I are fairly active adults. We both hit the gym about 3 days per week, but walking this place took a bit out of us. The animal selection is intriguing.

Know that you have the option to take guided tours, for an additional cost of course, but we prefer to be on our own schedule. One of the ticket office attendants suggested a particular walking route so we would not be on a constant uphill climb. Ask someone who works at the zoo which is the best route. It definitely helped us out. The zoo has some massive inclines. The route we took allowed us to use a series of escalators.
We spent four hours in the zoo and still did not see the reptile nor insect exhibits, but that was just fine for my wife's liking.

Thank hthjones
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Reviewed June 4, 2010

HUGE Zoo - lots of walking, but stroller friendly! Neat exhibits, lots of different animals & information. NEVER hot due to California coast breeze. Parking could have been better

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Reviewed June 3, 2010

We have been to many zoos in our time but never one the size of this! It has soo much to see, theres a skysafari which gives you the opportunity to see animals from above, plus a tour bus for free which covers around half of the park, the other half you have to walk, def do the bus as you simply dont have time to walk the whole park in one day! Def worth a visit if you are in San Diego!

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