San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA

2920 Zoo DrSan Diego, CA 92101
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San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California

Overview

Entertaining and educating families for over 100 years, the San Diego Zoo offers a 100-acre home for 4,000+ rare and endangered creatures of more than 650 species, as well as more than 700,000 exotic plants. Guests can enjoy exciting tours, interactive play areas, upbeat live performances, 4-D theater shows, up-close views of exotic animals and an Australian experience—Koalafornia Adventure.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • The zoo offers free parking.
  • This is a smoke-free property.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs available.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Same day re-entry permitted.
  • Behind-the-scenes tours available.
  • Take advantage of the open-air double-decker bus tours.
  • Voted #1 Zoo in the world on TripAdvisor.
  • Locker rentals are available.

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Diana K.

The Skyfari provides an excellent overview of the park grounds. Plan to stay the day, and go mid-week if possible as it's less crowded. Best zoo I've visited!

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Description

from San Diego Zoo
An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Winding paths through the tropical oasis of a botanical garden bring you to more than 4,000 rare and fascinating animals, including great apes, Komodo dragons, tigers, flamingos, polar bears, eagles, koalas, and more. Africa Rocks is home to penguins, baboons, and the mysterious fossa.

The festive, lively atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for family fun and gathering friends. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting animal presentations and shows. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience. Hope to see you soon!



San Diego Customer Reviews

618 Reviews
Tristan hartnett
Marseilles , IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First and not last time coming."
July 2019 NEW
A bunch of friends and I went on vacation to San Diego. It was so beautiful, my favorite was probably the reptile exhibit. So many insane looking animals.
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Gayle Hosch
Carriere, MS
1 Review
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"San Diego Zoo"
July 2019 NEW
This was the most amazing zoo we have ever visited. Purchasing through Tripster was easy and a little cheaper than buying direct.
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Tip: It is a lot of walking but well worth it. They have tour buses, if you need that.

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Karen Schram
Merrill, WI
1 Review
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"Love the San Diego Zoo"
July 2019 NEW
The San Diego Zoo is a great way to spend your day and certainly worth the money. Tripster is so easy to use and it saved us some dollars, which is always nice.
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Erin Childress
Coweta, OK
1 Review
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"Amazing!!"
July 2019 NEW
The san Diego zoo was amazing. So big and really cool animals. Lots of different ways to get around the zoo also. We loved everything about it.
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Tip: If it is your first time definitely do the double decker bis tour first to see where everything is at.

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Nilesh Deshpande
Camp Hill, PA
1 Review
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"Tired Animals"
July 2019 NEW
The animals are tired and bored. Stay away
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Cheryl Haas
Westfield , MA
1 Review
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"Unbelievable"
July 2019 NEW
So huge. Was so nice to see all the animals were in their “natural habitat “. Clean and kept up. So much to see
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes!!!!

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Jessica Vega
Tucson, AZ
1 Review
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"Very pleased"
July 2019 NEW
I had a wonderful time and tripster was very easy to use also way cheaper
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Kahla Furey
Milton, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice zoo"
July 2019 NEW
It was a very nice zoo, just lots of walking and took a long time to see everything
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and bring water

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Denise P
"Great place to walk"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
I visited the zoo with a friend. I hadn’t been there in over 15 years, and I was once again impressed. Walking throughout the zoo and enjoying the exhibits was a wonderful outing and a great exercise. The Africa Rocks area is the newest addition and beautifully done. Most people go for the animals, but definitely take time to enjoy the beautiful plants. We’re locals and both recently purchased memberships, so we only stayed for 3 hours. If you only have one day to enjoy the zoo, get there when it opens and plan to take the zoo bus tour to receive an overview of the zoo and to determine the areas you would like to return to after the tour. Be sure to bring along a hat, sunscreen, and water. To save money we packed a light lunch. There are many places to sit down and enjoy the snack. Unlike the Safari Park, parking is free!
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Kay C
"Doubles as zoo and botanical gardens!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
We were completely blown away by the plants they had there! Of course you go to the zoo to see the animals but as you walk to each exhibit, the plant life was astonishing! Each section of the zoo and bio life from that location! Hawaii animals had native Hawaiian plants, Africa, etc. Restaurants there were very good, they offer strollers for the kiddos, the air tram was fabulous, face painting along with many other side booths, atrium's, I can go on and on! Some of the exhibits, at the time, seemed rather small for some of the larger animals that should have more room and larger birds of prey, but all the animals we saw seemed to be in great health and the habitats were clean. The facilities were clean as well, especially for the amount of people going in and out of them constantly. I was truly blown away with this zoo. It took us 2 days to really see everything and even on the second day we were still blown away with the diversity and incredible plant life!
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luciaso90
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
The zoo was amazing! It's a little pricey, but seeing the size of the place and also the extra services they provide within the zoo, I think it was worth it. Be prepared to spend the whole day at the zoo, it is massive!
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Oalmuzakki
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Amazing "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
One of the best Safari in USA...... Lots of fun specially for children... Many activists which pass the time so quickly. Recommended for all family members
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biggij2017
Frederick, Maryland
"Magnificent place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
What a wonderful zoo. I visited many zoo‘s but this one tops them all. So many animals and the trails are beautiful. Highly recommend!
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Zoo

Does the San Diego Zoo have stroller rentals?
Yes! The Zoo and Safari Park have strollers available for rent. The daily charge for a single stroller is $14 and a double stroller is $18. There is one size of stroller, made of molded plastic, to fit a variety of children; you may check the fit before renting. Strollers have cup holders and a storage pouch in the back. Our double strollers offer side-by-side seating. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

Does the Zoo offer wheelchair rentals?
Yes! Our parks have wheelchairs and electric scooters available for rent. The daily rental charge for a manual wheelchair is $14; an electric scooter is $50 unless the guest's membership level qualifies them for a Wild Perks discount. Guests must provide a valid driver's license or San Diego Zoo Global membership card. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations available. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

Does the San Diego Zoo have access for the disabled?
We have a variety of options to assist you and your family. The Zoo has an “Easy Access Pass” that allows you to go to the head of the lines at the Zoo’s Bus Depot and Skyfari aerial tram. In addition, there are complimentary shuttles to assist you and your party in accessing our lower canyon areas.

Does the Zoo have lockers for visitors to use?
The San Diego Zoo has rental lockers located between the San Diego Craft Beer and the Front Street Café on Front Street, near the Exit sign. Payment is by credit card only and payment can be made at the Kiosk on site. No cash is accepted for locker rentals, which start at $8. Sizes are as follows:

  • Small locker: 12" x 20"
  • Medium locker: 15" x 18"
  • Large locker: 18" x 27"

In addition to this guest storage amenity, the Zoo has a larger secure storage area inside Front Street Rentals, where guests can rent strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs. This area can accommodate suitcase storage and larger items that will not fit inside the large lockers. The cost for this storage area is $15 per piece and comes with unlimited access.

How much is parking at the Zoo?
The Zoo has free parking.

Is it possible to leave the Zoo and be re-admitted?
Guests who are on grounds at the Zoo and wish to leave and return the same day at no charge during open hours may have their hand stamped at the Exit Gate turnstiles. Be sure to keep your ticket!

What time of day will I see more animals?
There really isn’t any special time that more animals are in view, although many of our animals are “early risers” and may be a bit more active in the morning. In our concern for the many endangered species that we house at our facilities, we have built exhibits that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide. We have found that the ability to hide is important to the well-being of many species.

Are pets allowed in the park?
We house significant populations of rare and endangered species at the Zoo and these are considered to be quarantined facilities. State and federal regulations for such facilities do not allow for the access of pets accompanying guests to these facilities. This also includes the unavailability of kennels to house pets during a visit to either facility.

Can I bring food into the parks?
Guests may bring personal food items into our parks. Large food storage containers such as coolers are not permitted on grounds, and no facilities are available for food storage. For the convenience of guests, there are picnic areas located outside the Zoo’s main entrance. Zoo guests who have already entered our parks may get their hand stamped for re-entry on the same day of their visit during operating hours. Special accommodations for school groups may be made. For the safety of guests and the animals in our care, please do not bring glass, alcohol, or straws into our parks.

Are backpacks allowed? 
Guests are welcome to bring a backpack into our parks.

What is the smoking policy at the Zoo?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Zoo grounds or parking lots. Guests who wish to smoke are welcome to have their hands stamped for same-day re-entry when leaving our grounds to smoke. Please keep your ticket!

Can my child enter the San Diego Zoo without an adult?
Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult age 18+ to enter and throughout their visits to our parks.