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Address: 2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-231-0249
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Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100...

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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San Diego Zoo
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San Diego Zoo with Transport from Anaheim

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We took the girls to the Zoo and had the good sense to buy our tickets on line - although we couldn't print them out so we had to wait for about 15 minutes to get them. We got... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2016
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New Providence, New Jersey, United States
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New Providence, New Jersey, United States
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167 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

We took the girls to the Zoo and had the good sense to buy our tickets on line - although we couldn't print them out so we had to wait for about 15 minutes to get them. We got there early and went right to the pandas - no line but they were sleeping - they were sleeping the last... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

This Zoo is HUGE! My boyfriend and I could not get through the whole thing. Although it is big, it is very cool and definitely worth seeing.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

We had a great day at the SanDiego Zoo. The standard admission includes a bus tour of the park. Suggestion here is to definitely ride on top level and sit to your left when filing in (passengers side once seated). This will offer you better views on the ride. We walked over 10 miles the day of our visit as... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

It is by far the most beautiful zoo. Love it, it has a lot of animals, well designed, you always walk in the shade, don't get tired at all.

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Thank Liana19712013
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

My Husband, 3 year old daughter and myself did the VIP Experience tour today. Our guide, Rebecca, was ABSOLUTELY sensational. She was so so wonderful with our spirited little girl and made it so much fun for all of us. We got to experience some really fun and really really special things that we will treasure for our whole life.... More 

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Howards Grove, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

We made this an all day event for us. Starting the day with the free bus tour through the park to get an idea of locations. Very informative. Any time we found ourselves search for something on map provided by the park it seem that an park employee showed up to help us out. The animals all appear well cared... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited this zoo in summer of 2014 and loved it. We spent most of the day there, as it's not a place you can see for just a couple hours. There was an open air bus that takes you around some of the zoo, and I almost thought it wouldn't be worth taking. Take it! It... More 

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Hartford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful day at the zoo! Could not have asked for better weather. Loved the giant pandas!!! It is a lot of walking so wear good shoes. They offer craft beers which were very good.

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La Jolla, California
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82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Our kids and us love the Zoo, its truly amazing. Over time our kids have picked out there favorite areas and its great to watch them interact with the animal

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Austin, Texas
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127 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

I have visited this zoo on many occasions over 30 years and it just keeps getting better and better. They have a very wide variety of animals, the enclosures are well built and very clean. The landscaping is beautiful and lush. People of all ages enjoy this zoo. It's hilly but well worth the walk around their well done exhibits.... More 

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