San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA

2920 Zoo DrSan Diego, CA 92101
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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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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 are 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!

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Ellen Lester
Kodiak , AK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Girls week zoo trip"
January 2020
We bought our tickets on Tripster before the trip to San Diego. The tickets were on our phone and getting into the zoo was very simple. We enjoyed the aviaries, sky tram, and all the animals.
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Tip: The zoo is large so plan to bring water and snacks and plan to be there all day.

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Derek Maynes
Erie, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo experience"
December 2019
This purchase was very easy to use and provide access to bus tours and aerial tours. The Zoo itself was hands down the best Zoo ever attended. We went during a time where the crowds were very limited. We received a recommendation on how to view the entire zoo in 2 1/2 hours. It can be intimidating how large this zoo really is. Downloaded tickets from the email to scan at the gate. The zoo is filled with experts to explain the animals and environments. The environment feels like a rainforest and the smells of eucalyptus. A lot of the exhibits have multiple views to see the animals. Felt like we got to become part of the zoo experience with the great presentations by multiple attendees.
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Tip: Decent food options and plenty of beer options. Reach out once you arrive with a route to view animals.

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Elizabeth Anderson
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo"
December 2019
Zoo was easy to navigate. Too much good stuff to see. Kids loved the sky tram, Koala's, giraffe's, elephants, polar bear, also great reptile exhibit.
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Tip: Big zoo. Lots of walking required or riding the bus, tram. Also if you want to see a majority of the park, get there early and plan to spend the entire day. Food is pricey, especially the beer!

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Cory Kleinfeldt
Folsom, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Kids loved it"
December 2019
Do the bus ride in the morning. Tours the entire park. Plan you day Around the shows you want to see cuz there’s a lot of waking!
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Tip: Do the bus ride first!

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Paula Castro Saa
Austin, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
December 2019
We bought our tickets for the zoo with tripster and everything was great. If I have the ocassion I gonna buy again through this page
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Tip: Easy purchase

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Catherine Bell
Ft Collins, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A Day at the S/D Zoo"
November 2019
My wife and I visited San Diego and used the transit system both at the zoo and all over town. We thoroughly enjoyed the Zoo and the different modes of transportation. The animals were beautiful and entertaining. We will be back.
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Tip: San Diego has great public transportation and the Little Italy area is great.

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Landon Arney
St. Louis, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Time at the Zoo"
November 2019
We really enjoyed our time at the San Diego Zoo. It's a huge place with an amazing variety of animals. The bus tour was a fun way to see major parts of the zoo.
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Raof M.
Tempe, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Zoo in West"
November 2019
San Diego zoo is a fun package for all ages, we as a family enjoyed a lot but would recommend planning for at least two days just for the zoo
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Tip: make a plan for atleast 2 days just for zoo and if you plan for zoo and safari than 3 days at least .

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Elvira, California
"Not the same "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2020 NEW
Due to covid shutdown, be prepared to wear a mask throughout the park. It is crowded and closed majority of the front parking lot. They installed cattle grates cordoned off with tape for lines to enter the medical screening tent before you get to the front entrance. Inside the park There are attendants at all restrooms checking you in before using the restroom to make sure limited capacity. Be aware the park has implemented covid protocols to remain open and appreciate the efforts but when people don’t adhere to the restrictions it’s unsafe. The park encourages social distancing but practically impossible . If they’re are employees at restrooms, why not have an employee at each exhibit to enforce social distancing? They’re are port a potties in the parking lot with hand washing stations while you wait in line. Be aware these are open to the public and LOTS of transients in the area that roam the parking lot.
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Tucson, Arizona
"Zoo Trip for Tay"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2020 NEW
We really enjoyed the San Diego zoo! There was a line to get in but it moved quickly. Some of the places to eat were closed so it took us awhile to find food but the Chinese food was fabulous! The polar bears were a no go which was sad but we did see some animals. I would go during a cooler month so the animals are out and active. Also, be sure to wear good shoes because the bus and sky tram were not running. Tons of walking!!
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"Not for wheel chairs!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2020 NEW
My mom and I went at 9:00 on a Tuesday; so it was not crowded at all, and there was no wait. No charge for parking. We got a handicap spot right up front. I rented a wheel chair for my mom. I would not recommend this at all. They have motorized scooters for rent, and that is the way to go. The terrain is hilly. There are posted signs saying certain paths are not advised for mobility devices. So then we'd have to backtrack and try to find another way to go. It was very frustrating. I called once for a complimentary shuttle. But then we were stuck on a hill again. There were a lot of volunteers at the zoo in addition to the employees. Everyone was very nice. It would have been great to have a young, strong volunteer available to escort us around and help me push. I would have been happy to give that person a good tip! Also, when we left the zoo, we were directed a long way around in a big circle to get to the parking. I don't understand why there wasn't accommodation made for people in handicapped parking. We should have been offered a shuttle upon return of the wheel chair. This to me is a no brainer. It was still a nice day, and the zoo itself is wonderful.
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Parker, Colorado
"Beautiful day at the zoo!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2020 NEW
About 20 of us went to the zoo while in San Diego. The masks are a bummer but despite that, it was a beautiful day at the zoo, loved the terrain and the awesome variety of animals.
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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
"Great Value"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2020 NEW
Great visit. Parking was free, always a plus in a metro area. Took our grand daughter, son, and daughter in law to the park and really enjoyed the clean area and family environment.
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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.