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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%
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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a beautiful day and we were really looking forward to going to see the zoo. The good: The staff are friendly and helpful. They apparently do a lot of conservation work and animal rescue. They have a lot of interesting large animals. The...More

1  Thank micstebou
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on a Friday morning during school year. Not too busy. Every gift shop has different items, so don't wait for the end if you want something specific. Food cooked to order was quick and yummy. Nice different views of animals allowed even young children...More

Thank PatMNrick
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can't say enough how much we enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Zak, was informative, fun and very knowledgeable. The tour lasts for about 2 hours. You're driven around the zoo in a golf cart to areas of interest. One of the treats was...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the zoo as a family of 4 on a hot day in September. We arrived at opening and many animals were active at that time. The signage and map were frustrating and we found we did a lot of backtracking, though appreciated...More

Thank Fireweed25
Reviewed 2 days ago

You hear a lot of hype and praise of the SD Zoo, and I wasn't expecting it to live up to that. Not only does it live up to it, it surpassed my expectations by far. We spent a full day in the San Diego...More

Thank Lindsay N
Reviewed 2 days ago

Since October is Free Kids month (11 and younger), this is a great time to take your kids to San Diego Zoo. We went during our fall break (on a Monday) and it was so quiet inside the zoo. No lines, no crowds. It was...More

Thank Kristen T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s been awhile since we’ve visited the Zoo since we usually go to Safari Park. We noticed lots of construction going on this time, but also took note of extensive improvements to the grounds and enclosures. The landscaping is beautiful, with a lot of water-wise...More

Thank cyndyd860
Reviewed 3 days ago

I come from the northeast and I've been to the Bronx Zoo, zoos in PA and Massachusetts. While the San Diego zoo is beautiful it was not laid out well. We had trouble following the signs and map. We were not the only ones that...More

Thank Diane B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wear your walking shoes!!! This is a must see for anyone traveling to San Diego. Loved it!!!! Many unique animals. Bus tour was fabulous. Wish the lines for the skyway tram wouldn’t of been hours long. Would love to go back. It’s a bit pricey...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago

I found the pathways very convoluted and the maps rather unhelpful. We had to stop a zoo worker to ask for help in finding out way around. We saw at least one of the animals doing tricks for a trainer which I felt was inappropriate...More

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Dana S
18 October 2017|
Response from B L | Reviewed this property |
Typically 9 to 5
16 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
8 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