Zoos in SAN DIEGO with kids

It’s animal time in San Diego, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than San Diego because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • San Diego Zoo

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    One of the largest zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals - San Diego Zoo has all your favorite animals, animal encounters and special experiences!

  • Seaworld

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    (5 miles) San Diego

    Explore the creatures of our oceans at SeaWorld San Diego - with sea lions, dolphins, orcas and sharks all ready to play!

  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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    (12 miles) La Jolla

    This exciting Californian aquarium has been inspiring kids and families for over 100 years - that's pretty impressive! There are over 60 habitats with amazing marine life. Best go and check it out ...

  • Zoomars Petting Zoo

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    (62 miles) San Juan Capistrano

    Plenty of cuddly critters to get up close to, plus pony and miniature train rides, treasure panning at Miner's Gulch and adventure playground.

  • Centennial Farm

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    (79 miles) Costa Mesa

    Children and their families can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. Also offers private tours.

  • Santa Ana Zoo

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    (81 miles) Santa Ana

    The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California is a 20-acre site focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Orange County Zoo

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    (83 miles) Orange

    The Orange County Zoo is nestled within beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays flora and fauna native to the southwestern ...

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    (94 miles) Long Beach

    Journey through the wonderful Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach aquarium, filled with exhibits and over 11,000 ocean animals!

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    (95 miles) San Pedro

    Discover the underwater world of Southern California... Located just steps from the ocean on Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium which engages ...

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  • Kid Ventures

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    (8 miles) San Diego

    From the themed Indoor Play Village to the relaxing café on Parent’s Island, Kid Ventures is a truly special place for families. Kids are provided with endless opportunities to expand their ...

  • Boomers San Diego

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    (8 miles) San Diego

    Mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats, train ride, cool arcade, multi level go kart track, laser tag and kiddie rides!

  • Jump and Rock

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    (12 miles) Chula Vista

    Indoor play with a twist - kids and adults can jump, bounce and DANCE in a night-club style environment with the latest cool lighting and sound system. Rock the day away!

  • Play Town

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    (12 miles) El Cajon

    Our play area is specifically designed for children ages 6 and under. We have a large bouncer, ride-on roller coasters, ride-on cars, push toys, balance beam, slides, soft play area, Thomas the Tank ...

  • FUNBelievable Play

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    (16 miles) Lakeside

    A taste of the UK with a British Style facility offering enormous play structure, zips and glides, toddler zone and SO much more.

  • My Kids Clubhouse

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    (17 miles) Poway

    Watch your kids laugh as they race down our triple wave slide and climb through a maze of tunnels in one of San Diego's largest indoor play structures. We are also #1 for children's birthday parties!

  • Childs Play Temecula

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    (53 miles) Temecula

    A fun indoor play area for kids 6 months to 6 years to discover their imagination, dress up and play!

  • Jump n Jammin

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    (66 miles) Mission Viejo

    Jump 'n Jammin is open everyday to play, when it works into your schedule. There are no membership or annual registration fees to pay.

  • SkyHigh Party Zone

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    (68 miles) Lake Elsinore

    Indoor party fun with elaborate themes, as well as open play for all ages - with huge inflatables, air hockey, ping-pong and even karaoke!

  • Corona Indoor Batting Cages

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    (82 miles) Corona

    Dodgeball birthday parties are a BIG hit, Corona Cages also has Kickball, Soccer, Wiffleball, Over the line and yes Automated batting cages. Party room and Snack bar.

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Riverside

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    (84 miles) Riverside

    Bouncing fun at Sky Zone with trampolines, dodgeball, foam pits, and lots more for those active kids in Riverside!

  • Hullabaloos Clubhouse

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    (86 miles) Orange

    Our Mission at Hullabaloo�s Clubhouse is to provide an amazing, fun filled, safe party adventure for your family and friends. Your adventure includes our huge clubhouse themed playground, ...

  • Oodles Kids Gym and Learning Center

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    (95 miles) Cerritos

    A fun kids gym for active kids, parent/child classes, dance, art, and birthdays! Great indoor fun!

  • Fun City Bounce

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    (96 miles) Santa Fe Springs

    Indoor play center for young children. We have 18

  • Grins and Giggles Indoor Playground

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    (97 miles) Santa Fe Springs

    features bouncers, multi level playhouse, climbing structures, kiddie cars and cubby playhouse, plus toddler area.

  • Whale Watching Excursions

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Flagship Cruise & Events offer two types of whale watching experiences in San Diego that will give you an experience of a lifetime!

  • Japanese Friendship Garden

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    A beautiful Japanese garden in San Diego designed to inspire and educate on Japanese culture and community legacy.

  • San Diego Botanic Gardens

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    (24 miles) Encinitas

    Enormous series of globally themed gardens, plus 2 specific children's gardens which include interactive displays, several varying play options and a miniature railway.

  • The Living Desert

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    (82 miles) Indian Wells

    An enlightening tour, botanical gardens, wilderness park, nature preserve with more features and angle than one would expect.

  • Irvine Regional Park

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    (83 miles) Orange

    There's so much to do for all ages. Has an old-town feel. Nicely shaded. Stroller/wheel chair friendly. The park is huge and everything is nicely spread out. Friendly staff. This is a great ...

  • California Citrus State Historic Park

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    (83 miles) Riverside

    A great outdoor day out in California that preserves some of the vanishing cultural landscape of that iconic citrus industry.

  • Shipley Nature Center

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    (84 miles) Huntington Beach

    Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre natural area located in Huntington Beach, California. Situated within Huntington Central Park, the nature center is not only a sanctuary for the local wildlife, ...

  • Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park

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    (85 miles) Riverside

    An amazing family day out in nature at the 1,500 acres Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, with trails, wildlife, and a nature center.

  • Riverside Botanic Gardens

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    (87 miles) Riverside

    40 acres in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains await, with scenic trails and beautiful gardens

  • Fairmont Park

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    (89 miles) Riverside

    A popular Riverside park with tennis courts, fishing, bowling, BBQS and pedal boats!

  • El Dorado Regional Park

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    (93 miles) Long Beach

    Outdoor fun in nature in Long Beach! With fishing lakes, archery, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a nature center!