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San Diego Zoo

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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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4,421 - 4,430 of 19,406 reviews

Reviewed 7 August 2016

Best time to arrive is when it fist opens...best for parking, cool weather, and active animals - when the heat of the day doesn't make them want to nap. All of the exhibits are humane to the animals, and wonderful for the visitors.

Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I've had my family at zoo's all over but this is by far the best. The panda exhibit was nice it was narrated by some who seems well informed about the animals. The tigers were asleep. Tons of animals to see. Reptiles were one the...More

1  Thank Xzacklee
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

While this zoo is what I'm guessing THE most expensive zoo in the US it's totally worth it. Entrance to the zoo includes a hop on hop off bus, a tour double decker and a air tram that's very cool! The zoo is just spectacular!...More

Thank Doreen M
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I am from Memphis and let me say- we got them beat! There were very small samples of each species. Like one tiger, one ape, one of this, one of that etc... The habitats were not clean and neat. The transportation around the zoo was...More

Thank Mattgal45
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We all know the San Diego Zoo's reputation, but how deserved it is! So many animals to see, tons of education and very nice staff.

Thank Scotty M
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

As soon as we arrived, we hopped on their zoo bus to tour around the zoo, get a closer lay of the land. It gave us ideas of where we would want to check out later. The last time we were here a few years...More

Thank jpanda168
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The zoo is 100 acres with lots to see and do. Your best bet to explore the zoo without killing you feet or your legs on the hills is to take advantage of the tour bus and the kangaroo hopper buses. Also, save money and...More

Thank Susann B
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The San Diego Zoo is very big and have all animals and species that you can think of. In the summer it can be a little bit hard to see some of the animals because of the heat, and the lay in the shadow to...More

Thank Mafiho
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The zoo is my favorite spot in San Diego. I am not a California native, but live here with my husband who is an active duty Marine. He and I enjoy the zoo together quite often. I nanny for two young children and we escape...More

Thank Keenan F
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We had such an amazing time at the San Diego zoo. We arrived right at 9 am and we parked right up front. When we left the parking lot was packed. This zoo is absolutely amazing and has such a variety of animals to see....More

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Dana S
17 October 2017|
Response from B L | Reviewed this property |
Typically 9 to 5
15 October 2017|
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Response from Angielynn7 | Reviewed this property |
I bought directly at the zoo. My hotel had $5.00 off coupons. We looked into the Go San Diego pass definitely a good option if planning to do multiply things while there. List of included places is very extensive
Rachel W
7 October 2017|
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Response from Hillarodri | Reviewed this property |
Yes.. with 3 little one ... just get the most necessary stuff for a day... take the bus that goes around the zoo... you can get an idea what you want to visit....The polar bears, the pandas try to go early first thing int he... More