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San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego
CA
92112
Tel: 760 747 8702

Directions

Directions from the NORTH (southbound): From Interstate 5 (Los Angeles and Orange County), take the Pershing Drive exit and follow the signs. From Interstate 15 (Escondido and Riverside), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place. Directions from the SOUTH (northbound): From Interstate 5 (Mexico), take the State Route 163 north exit, then the Zoo/Museums (Richmond Street) exit and follow the signs. Directions from the EAST (westbound): From Interstate 8 (Imperial County and Arizona), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place. From State Route 94, proceed into downtown San Diego to 12th Avenue. Turn right on 12th Avenue (which turns into Park Blvd.) and proceed north. Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place.

Where are we going today?

Want to visit one of the biggest and most popular zoos in the world? Then head to San Diego! San Diego Zoo is an amazing zoo - FILLED with animals from all over the world. Nearly 4,000 in fact!

These 4,000 animals represent around 800 species, so you can see already how much of a great learning experience it will be for kids. 

You don't need to travel to China to see a sweet giant panda up close - just head to San Diego Zoo! Kids, you don't need to fly all the way to Asia to spy the mysterious Snow Leopard - just head to San Diego Zoo! Don't fancy a trip to the amazon to look into the eyes of a giant anaconda? You don't have to - just head...that's right...to San Diego Zoo!

San Diego Zoo is more than just learning and watching the animals - they have some amazing activities and experiences that the whole family will never forget! 

The guided bus tour gives you a 35 minute narrated tour on a fun double decker bus which can show you around 70% of the zoo. Not a bad way to check out everything before you focus on the areas that you want!

Want to see the zoo from another angle? How about the air! No, you don't have to fly! Just jump on the Skyfari and soar over the treetops and look at all the animals below you! 

Across the day there are amazing animals encounters too, from petting paddocks to keeper talks - all great ways to experience the animals from a different point of view. 

Don't forget about the new Tiger Trail with truly unique viewing opportunities, including a log walk challenge for aerial observation! Plus see them playing in the waterfall and an underwater observation station allows you to see them swimming in their pool from beneath the surface! Amazing!

Have a ROAR-ing time!!!!

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When can we go?

9am - 6pm currently, but hours seasonally

Year round - including holidays!

Teachers corner

The zoo is completely equipped for students! From field trips, to classroom kits and outdoor classrooms, it would be a shame if students didn't go and experience it! .

I'm Hungry!

You certainly won't go hungry! From a restaurant in a treehouse, to a tasty grill, Asian faire and cafes to get those snacks and treats, there is plenty to enjoy at the zoo! .

Healthy Eating!

There are plenty of salad and heathy choices - particularly the San Diego Zoo Sandwich Co. with salads and sandwiches .

Any Top Tips?

Check out what animal encounters and talks are on during the day of your visit in the morning, then you can plan your day around what you don't want to miss! .

Doing our bit

The zoo are always looking to care for and help endangered wildlife, and your donations can help them try and save them.

Need a little extra help?

The zoo has accessible parking spaces, restrooms and access to shows - so everyone can enjoy the experience! .

Can I get one of those?

Get those pennies out because there is a general store for all your needs for the day, including hats and sunscreen, then there is the KidsStore and Zoo Store where you can get all your fun gifts and toys! .

More information

Tours and other experiences available for additional fees.

What people are saying?

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    The zoo is a staple to San Diego living. Most everyone I know has an annual pass (which is the way to go if you live here). I personally always take a guided tour when i come just for the fact every tour guide is different so you learn something new every time. I actually have to say the food that is offered here is also quite delicious! Oh and for all you lushes out there, they offer BEER AND ALCOHOL!!!! All in all you can't go wrong with a day at the zoo!

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    Don't waste you time and money if you are regular person! I spent a lot of time and money to go to San Diego to visit the zoo, because I have heart that it is one of the best. However, it was so disappointing! There are not many animals, in each cage just one or two and you can't even see them. Most of the time they hide behind stones and their shelters , so people just look for them and after some minutes leave the cage, because they can't see them! It was stupid, you go to zoo, but you don't see any animals. Maybe, it is very interesting for...Read More

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    I definitely enjoyed my time at the San Diego Zoo. Watching my 4 year old son in amazement after seeing a hippopotamus was enough for me. The glass exhibit allows everyone to see the hippo swimming around in the exhibit and its huge. Also seeing a rhino for the very first time was great. I didn't get a chance to take the guided tour since my wife and I had double stroller, but it looks like a good starting point. My only suggestion for everyone would be to wear comfortable shoes, there is a lot of walking between exhibits.

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    The San Diego Zoo is the best. When other zoos start adopting their style, you know they're doing a good job! The zoo is research and conservation based, so you know the price you pay for tickets is worth it. That being said, if you're local to San Diego the season pass is well worth it. It's basically the same price as 2 adult entrance fees, so if you go twice it's worth your while. There are also other nifty benefits, like extended hours for members and programs.

    The zoo is HUUUUGE! So if you plan to do it all in a day, give yourself the full...Read More

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    My wife and I got to the zoo at around 11AM, thinking we'd stroll around for a couple of hours and do something else with our day. We ended up staying until closing and still didn't see most of the zoo!

    I was totally blown away by the quality of the exhibits here. It's truly a great way to spend a day in San Diego.

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by Pegah Keshavarzi

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Don't waste you time and money if you are regular person! I spent a lot of time and money to go to San Diego to visit the zoo, because I have heart that it is one of the best. However, it was so disappointing! There are not many animals, in each cage just one or two and you can't even see them. Most of the time they hide behind stones and their shelters , so people just look for them and after some minutes leave the cage, because they can't see them! It was stupid, you go to zoo, but you don't see any animals. Maybe, it is very interesting for experts related to animals and plants in danger of extinction, but not for regular people.

by Shawna Rizzo

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The San Diego Zoo is the best. When other zoos start adopting their style, you know they're doing a good job! The zoo is research and conservation based, so you know the price you pay for tickets is worth it. That being said, if you're local to San Diego the season pass is well worth it. It's basically the same price as 2 adult entrance fees, so if you go twice it's worth your while. There are also other nifty benefits, like extended hours for members and programs.

The zoo is HUUUUGE! So if you plan to do it all in a day, give yourself the full day. There are lots of places to eat, drink and be merry as you work your way around. I've seen some really awesome stuff here, and the "Buddy Program" is the coolest thing ever. They pair wolves and cheetahs with dogs to help them become animal ambassadors and calm them around crowds. Very cool. Following them on Instagram will lead to some of the cutest animal videos you'll see!

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