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San Diego Zoo

  • Admission to the San Diego Zoo
  • Marvel at the diverse collection of animals including many that are on the endangered species list
  • See some of the zoo's 4,000 animal residents, including koalas, giraffes and great apes
San Diego Zoo
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San Diego Zoo
From US$54.00
Meet some of the world's most exotic animals with your admission ticket to the renowned San Diego Zoo, one of California's top family-friendly attractions. More than 4,000 animals representing 800 species live in this state-of-the-art zoo, including some that are rarely seen at other zoos. Admire the animals and go in-depth during daily keeper talks and guided bus tours. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.
What to Expect
After making your own way to the San Diego Zoo on the day of your choice, you can head into the zoo's visitor center to pick up a map and plan your route through this acclaimed zoo. The animals live in spacious and beautifully designed enclosures that replicate their natural habitats. The koala and giant panda exhibits are always popular, as are the orangutans and siamangs that climb around in lush forest settings.

Other highlights include the Tiger River exhibit, which features a realistic Asian rainforest environment, and the Gorilla Tropics, which recreates a lush African rainforest. Zoo keeper talks take place at regular intervals every day, with the experts introducing animals such as giraffes, elephants, wolves, lions or jaguars, and more. In the animal nursery, you might get to see some of the zoo’s newest arrivals.

Kids enjoy petting small tame critters in the Petting Paddock and four different play zones provide a safe and entertaining spot to climb and explore.

As you make your way through the zoo, note the extensive gardens — some of the plants growing there supply ingredients for the specialized diets of particular zoo residents.

Some of the activities available at San Diego Zoo include:

  • Kangaroo Bus: Hop on and off at four stops throughout the Zoo, the perfect way to cover longer distances within the zoo. Buses come around approximately every 15 minutes. (included)
  • Guided Bus Tour: Hop aboard the double-decker bus for a 35-minute tour that covers a large percentage of the sprawling zoo. It's a great way to get an overview of all that you can do, then you decide where to go from there. (included)
  • Skyfari Aerial Tram: Ride in an enclosed tram that takes you over the trees to the other end of the zoo. Enjoy spectacular views of the animals and gardens, and surrounding Balboa Park. (own expense)
  • 4-D Theater: Popular kids movies show in 4-D. Not only can you see and hear the movie, but the action surrounds you with effects that stimulate the sense of touch and smell. (own expense)
  • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad: Kids can take a three-minute ride around a portion of Balboa Park. (own expense)
With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.
Reviews (180)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Good day Out

I'm not one to want to go to a zoo, however this zoo is open and the animals have space and looked very well cared for. I was very impressed in the way the wellfair of the animals was at the forfront of the zoo's...More

Thank iwells6
Reviewed 1 week ago
walk in the park

My husband and I had a great time walking thru the zoo. My only bad experience was we prepaid for tickets and at the ticket booth they couldn't find where we had paid. So we had to buy another set of tickets. Paypal never did...More

1  Thank lreese1962
Reviewed 1 week ago
Loved the hop on and off ride

With a 4 and 5 year old it was great to be able to get on the bus and hop off to see exhibits. There is so much walking at the zoo

Thank Cruiser476998
Reviewed 1 week ago
The highlight of our trip to the USA!

There is no way to describe the San Diego Zoo other than absolutely incredible! It was such a clean, beautiful zoo, with a range of animals unlike any other zoo I have ever been to. My husband and I spent over 7 hours here in...More

Thank Bethany W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful zoo and I am not a "zoo" person. The staff went above and beyond to explain the exhibits and I had a lovely conversation with a young lady who spent the time to tell me about the condors and their revival....More

Thank Cassie R
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