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 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

724 Reviews
Brittany Snyder
Las Vegas , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing"
November 2019 NEW
We arrived at the zoo at 9am when they opened, which is perfect because they were just feeding all the animals. So we go to see everything from tigers to snakes eating and being really active. We walked the whole park till about 3pm and then rode the bus to make sure we saw everything. My 5 year old had the best time, I highly recommend the zoo if you are in the San Diego area, the weather was beautiful.
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Tip: You can take snacks in with you, which really helped us save a little money.

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Samantha Black
Henderson, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Such an amazing experience!"
November 2019 NEW
Loved the zoo and all of its creatures. Everyone on staff was fun, friendly and informative! So Happy to have had this as part of our honeymoon!
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Tip: Bring water, and be prepared to explore!

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Jazmine Serrano
Antioch, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great"
November 2019 NEW
Used this for the San Diego zoo it was fast easy and cheaper.
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Donald Anderson
Murrieta, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Let go to the Zoo!"
November 2019 NEW
it Was going to be perfect clear and sunny weather in San Diego during the last weekend of October, so after deciding to visit the San Diego zoo since we haven’t been there in years. We needed tickets and found great prices on line. The event was great, the kids are still talking about it and we’ll do it again for other venues in the near future, thanks so much.
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Tip: Your online tickets beat out everyone else....

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Jamie Engelkemier
Fullerton, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biggest Zoo Ever!"
October 2019 NEW
Had an amazing time. It was so huge and they had all kinds of animals. They do a lot for the safety and protection of the animals and that’s always the most important! Highly recommend. Bring water and good walking shoes, you will get your steps in!
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Tip: Bring big water and walking shoes. Not many water fountains around

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Steven Chial
Cerritos, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo"
October 2019 NEW
Great place to spend time with friends or family. Walked around for just a few hours and caught all the animal before dark. Highly recommend going.
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Tip: Grab a map it will be useful. Bring water.

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Tripster Customer
Poway, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome day"
October 2019 NEW
We had an awesome day took my daughters and wife, The facility is super clean employees are very friendly and polite.
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Tip: Where a lot of sunscreen bring water and try to bring your own food. Where a lot of sunscreen bring water try to bring your own food was very pricey there

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Judith Taddei
Chandler, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo trip"
October 2019 NEW
Great experience buying the tickets from Tripster. It was actually cheaper than going to the zoo website directly!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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cilliatedd
"Endangered species you won't see elsewhere"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
A cool zoo in a park like setting. Expensive, but worth the prices to see lots of animals you won't see other places. They have a great collection of big cats and monkeys.
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Jason L
Moncton, Canada
"What an amazing place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
How could you go to San Diego for the first time, or anytime, and not fit in a trip to the world famous San Diego Zoo!? I will say this...plan for the whole day...because this place is HUGE. We were there for 5 solid hours and didn't see the whole thing! Definitely do yourself a favor and wear comfortable shoes, another tip I'd recommend, is upon entering, take the "bus tour" around the zoo first and then go back on foot to what you want to see. Highlights for me were seeing "Winston" the Silverback Gorilla, and the elephants and penguins (the meerkats were darn cute too). I love that the zoo is protecting animals worldwide in their conservation efforts. Definitely a highlight to the trip for sure. :)
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cam-mus289
"Family "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
Was totally worth it! Would go again in the future and also enjoyed the customer service from all the staff, was very clean.
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EmptyNestAdventurer
Dallas, Texas
"Bucket List - CHECK!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
LOVED the zoo! Orangutans were my favorites. We got there when it opened (on a Thursday morniing). It was busy / a little crowded by noon - but not overly crowded. Loved the sky ride and the bus tour - they were included in the base price, and were both a nice break from all the walking.
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dhunter1968
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
"San Diego Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
Great zoo but when we went is was super crowded. Only complaint would be a few tight walkways. Friendly staff.
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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.