San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA

2920 Zoo DrSan Diego, CA 92101
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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 giant pandas, great apes, Komodo dragons, tigers, flamingos, polar bears, eagles, koalas, and more. Africa Rocks is 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!



Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

514 Reviews
Julie Wirth
St Paul, MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Zoo Ever"
February, 2019 NEW
My husband and went to San Diego Zoo with our son, daughter in law and 20 month old grandson
We went on the tour bus first and got an idea where we wanted to walk to. The bus was great. The driver gave us good advice and we saw quite a few animals
We then walked to see the animals we were interested to see up close.
The zoo is so lush and clean
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Tip: It’s a big zoo so make sure you have plenty of time to see it. It’s well worth your time to visit.

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Joshua Nunez
Joshua Tree, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego zoo"
February, 2019 NEW
When looking for better deals four tickets for the San Diego zoo I have to say reservedirectcom had the better deals. It was quick and easy no confusions. Offered me I discount.Even sends you a confirmation email asking for the right amount of money that was pulled out of your bank. Makes you feel comfortable doing it but you're not being scammed. Are consistent with asking if your satisfied . I felt comfortable paying the price they gave me.
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Maggie Tucker
Goodlettsville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing experience!!! Beautiful sanctuary!"
January, 2019 NEW
My fiance and I both met through dog rescue. We were so glad to hear many of the San Diego zoo animals are rescues themselves!! Such a great experience! Clean zoo, well-trained staff, everything flowed so good! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip all the way from Nashville, TN!! The elephants were our favorites!
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Tip: The tour buses made everything so easy with kids! Look for red shirt volunteers to help you navigate the park and answer any questions!

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Pablo B.
Perris , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Zoo in California"
January, 2019 NEW
This Zoo is awesome. It’s big, it has WAY more animals than I thought it would which was great. They also seem to take really good care about most of the animals.
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Tip: Get their as soon as it opens so that you are able to finish the entire park. I wasn’t able to finish it as I got their a bit late

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Justus Johnstone
Urbana, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A great place for both adults and kids"
January, 2019 NEW
Spend a whole morning with my daughter. There is lots to see, staff are helpful, the bus ride is a must but walk around after so you see closely. Morning is best to visit
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Tip: Be prepared to spend at least half day. Carry some extra money for a photo but this is up to you

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William Reid
Colorado Springs, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Singing in the rain"
January, 2019
The zoo was amazing. The tour we went on with Sara was informative and fun. Her passion for her animals came through in everything she said.
Even though it was raining while we were there, we were able to enjoy the zoo.
The exhibits showed the care that goes into making the animals feel at home.
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Tip: Take an umbrella (just in case). Bring a water bottle. Pack an empty baggie to keep things clean and dry.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Las Cruces , NM
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Zoo"
January, 2019
Super fun, plan time for the panda exhibit long line
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Bernard Nieto
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great way to spend the day"
January, 2019
We took our 4 year old and he loved everything. Be sure to bring a stroller
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Tip: Stroller, take the free bus tour

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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MatthewL83
Highland Village, Texas
"Afternoon at the Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
We had to stop by the Zoo in San Diego its almost a must do. This is a very overwhelming zoo so make sure you have plenty of time during your day to do it all or plan a two day trip. We went on a Sunday and it was super crowded. I just had knee surgery in December which made the walk somewhat challenging. It is a hilly zoo, so lots of ups and downs. We made it about 3 hours before my knee couldn't take anymore. We got to see just about everything we wanted to with the exception of one section because the way we when passed by it and we were too far away at the end to turn around and go back to the other end of the zoo. Lots of animals with great habitats. I'm not the biggest zoo fan for keeping animals in cages but they definitely do it better than most. Must go if in SD
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JenRed2014
Buffalo, New York
"World class zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
No one needs this review to know this zoo is one of the best in the world! What I can tell you is: 1. Buy your tickets online through your hotel concierge if you can, it would have saved us $10/ticket. Unfortunately the seller’s website was down, so we had to buy them at the gate with $5 off coupons instead...bummer, but still not awful. It was just under $200 for a family of 4. These one day passes included the bus tour- apparently there are some that don’t, since the bus tour was available for purchase inside for $13/10, so be careful which tickets you buy. 2. Go on the bus tour immediately to get the lay of the land, and don’t wait longer to get seats on the top of the bus- we sat on the bottom and we had a terrific view of everything. The tour guides are awesome, funny, knowledgeable about conservation efforts, and know the animals well. We saw some things in the outer areas that we didn’t need to walk to later, which our feet appreciated! 3. After the tour, head up to the top of the hill via the elevator (to the bridge toward the polar bears) or the escalator (toward the other side). Either way, you can look at things walking down instead of up. Then you get to the bottom, work your way back to the middle and go back up one of your choices again. It’s not a perfect science, but it gets the job done. Oh, there’s also the sky tram which will take you up and down too! 4. If you’re interested, jump on a bus at a “kangaroo stop” to go from place to place. 5. Don’t worry! It’s big but it’s not as big as the map makes it look. Sometimes you think “oh I’ll never get there!” and then you look around the corner and you realize you’re almost looking at it. 6. Skip the animals that every zoo has if you need to. But don’t miss the coolest exhibits! The elephants, pandas, polar bears, gorillas, Africa Rocks (baboons), Thing 1 and 2, tapir, big cats...oh look, I couldn’t really skip much! Lol
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Wynner57
Wellington, New Zealand
"Brilliant"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
A great Zoo in a relatively small space. Plenty of variety and loads to do. A full day needed to really have time to see everything.
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S1418WGsandrap
Hilton Head, South Carolina
"Great day at the Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
We did the ride around the zoo which is included with the ticket and it gave us a base as to where to go. We also did the Inside Look Tour which was great. We went on a golf cart into areas the public does not go and the zoo representative told us about the conservation efforts and breeding programs of the SD zoo and other zoos. They usually have a surprise at the end which was feeding the giraffes for us. We also saw the koalas close up but no touching any of the animals. It was fascinating and informative. Wish we had time to do their animal Safari Park whichis 30 min. From the zoo. Maybe next time... It is worth seeing. Enjoy.
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Bixville
"Fun Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
Watched the tiger getting fed. Great for the kiddos in the audience. Took all day to cover the zoo. Could have stayed longer!!
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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.