San Diego Zoo Tickets 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 to over 12,000 animals of more than 650 species, as well as more than 700,000 exotic plants. Enjoy guided bus tours, interactive play areas, live performances, 4-D theater shows, up-close views of exotic animals and a Wildlife Explorers Basecamp that’s fun for all ages.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Expect wait times during busy peak periods.
  • No same-day re-entry permitted.
  • The zoo offers free parking.
  • This is a smoke-free property.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs available.
  • Take advantage of the open-air double-decker bus tours - included in your San Diego Zoo ticket price.
  • Voted #1 Zoo in the world on TripAdvisor.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Locker rentals are available.

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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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An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Located in Balboa Park just north of downtown San Diego, the San Diego Zoo is a 100-acre wildlife park, as well as an accredited botanical garden.

Winding paths through the tropical oasis of the botanical garden bring you to more than 12,000 rare and fascinating animals, representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Some of the wildlife you'll encounter on a visit to the San Diego Zoo include great apes, Komodo dragons, tigers, flamingos, polar bears, eagles, koalas, and more. Africa Rocks are home to amur leopards, penguins, baboons, and the mysterious fossa.

The festive, lively atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for family fun and gathering friends. With your San Diego Zoo tickets, 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!

Facial coverings are no longer required while visiting. However, due to the proximity of wildlife, some tours and safaris require all guests ages 2 and older to wear a facial covering during a portion of the experience.

San Diego Zoo Reviews

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Jeff Hardy
Novato, CA
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"Just as good with my granddaughter as it was for my grandfather’s grandson!"
July 2022
Sometimes same old same old is as good as it gets!
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Tip: Make sure the kiddies get a good night sleep before you get to the zoo when it opens

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tulare, CA
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"San Diego zoo"
October 2021
It was soo much fun walking around looking at the different animals there isn’t usually around your local zoo! The food was good especially the teriyaki chicken with rice! Definitely recommend going on the weekend
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Tip: Where comfortable shoes

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Lori Clark
2 Reviews
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August 2021
Beautiful zoo
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Ellen Lester
Kodiak , AK
1 Review
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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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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 on a first-come, first-served basis. Rentals prices are $16 for a single stroller and $20 for a double stroller.

Does the Zoo offer wheelchair rentals?

Manual wheelchairs and ECVs (Electronic Conveyance Vehicles) are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance. Rental prices are $16 for a manual wheelchair and $60 for an ECV. Availability and prices subject to change without notice. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or ECV. Rental ECVs cannot be accommodated on Zoo shuttles or Africa Tram.

Does the San Diego Zoo have access for guests with disabilities?

Yes, the Zoo offers a variety of options to assist you and your family. In addition, there are complimentary shuttles to assist you and your party in accessing the lower canyon areas. Please stop in at Guest Services to request an ADA Packet, which includes information on these services, as well as descriptions of habitats and show access.

Does the Zoo have lockers for visitors to use?

Outdoor lockers will be available at the Safari Park. At the Zoo, self-service lockers are available at Front Street (please note this does not include luggage check). Guests may carry small backpacks and bags into our parks.

How much is parking at the Zoo/Safari Park?

The San Diego Zoo has free parking. The parking lot in front of the Zoo is owned and operated by the City of San Diego and is used by guests, volunteers and employees of Balboa Park. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking lot is privately owned and has a parking fee.

Is it possible to leave the Zoo and be re-admitted?

Yes! For same-day re-entry, guests should have their hands stamped at the exit, and re-enter through the main turnstiles, showing their tickets and hand stamps.

What time of day will I see more animals?

There really isn't any special time that more wildlife are in view, although many of the Zoo's animals are early risers and may be a bit more active in the morning. Out of concern for the many endangered species housed at the facilities, the San Diego Zoo built habitats that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide, which is important to the well-being of many species.

Are pets allowed in the parks?

No. Pets, comfort animals, and emotional support animals are not permitted at the Zoo or Safari Park. Because they house significant populations of rare and endangered species, both the Zoo and the Safari Park are considered to be quarantined facilities. State and federal regulations for such facilities do not allow for the access of pets, comfort animals, or emotional support animals accompanying guests to these facilities.

Can I bring food into the parks?

Yes. Guests are welcome to bring their own single-person food, in small containers, into both parks. No coolers, glass containers, alcohol, party trays, birthday cakes, or decorations are allowed on grounds, and no facilities are available for food storage. For the safety of guests and the wildlife in their care, please do not bring glass, alcohol, or straws into the parks.

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What is the smoking policy at the Zoo?

Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere on Zoo or Safari Park grounds or parking lots. Zoo 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 the parks.

Do I need to wear a facial covering to take a Tour or Safari?

Facial coverings are not required for visitors. However, due to the proximity of wildlife, some tours and safaris require all guests ages 2 and older to wear a facial covering during a portion of the experience.