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 Los Angeles Customer Reviews

506 Reviews
Yongjun W.
Pleasanton, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"more than a zoo"
January, 2019 NEW
morning once opening is the best time to visit. Animals are active and playful: monkeys eating breakfast, birds chirping, elephants playing with toys..... We also got to talk with knowledgeable volunteers and learned so much about animals and all the efforts in rescuing and cultivating endangered species. It is impressive that San Diego zoo is mindful in taking care of animals while keeping them in native habit and environments, so they can be released back to nature one day. Great job !
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Tip: check whether, and be there early

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Cody Tainton
Clinton, AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Zoo"
January, 2019 NEW
A fantastic zoo , we spent five hours walking around and still didn't get to see all of it , wonderful friendly staff , you can bring in your own snacks .
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Tip: If you have small children take a trolly with you

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Julie Beck
Alameda, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome day at the zoo"
January, 2019 NEW
This was our first trip to the zoo, and it was fantastic! The discounted tickets through reserve San Diego (about $7 off of each) gave us a super quick entry into the zoo. There were so many unique animals we had never seen before! The Skyfari Aerial Tram and bus tour were really fun.
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Tip: You are allowed to bring food into the zoo. Be sure to bring water bottles and some snacks to save money. They charge a LOT for drinks at the zoo (including bottled water). We found a water fountain near the entrance to the children's zoo where we could refill our water bottles.

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Garrett Means
Santa Rosa, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Zoo!"
January, 2019 NEW
Resume in on mine was extremely easy! We were able to quickly get through the gate and get a discount in doing it! I would totally do it again
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Tip: Extremely convenient

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Melissa Lawson
Baltimore , MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nothing Like Expected"
January, 2019 NEW
I visited San Diego between 12/25/2018 and 1/1/2019 for a holiday/birthday vacation. I love visiting to the zoo wherever I travel, and was extremely exciting about the San Diego Zoo because I'd heard it was the best in the world. After spending $52 for entry fee, I was highly disappointed to arrive and see that many of the animals weren't out to be seen. I should've listened to my Uber driver when he suggested I go to the Safari instead; he forewarned me.!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes; Food is highly overpriced

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john leonard
Victorville, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time"
January, 2019 NEW
First trip with all 3 kids and our two grand kids. We had a wonderful time. Lots to do at the San Diego Zoo.
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Tip: Bring snacks and drinks food place where not all opened

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Laura Hevland
Naches , WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing zoo"
January, 2019 NEW
What a perfect place ! Sunshine , many animals you can’t see elsewhere and the volunteer zoo staff are awesome ! We got close to panda , learned a lot from staff and soared above it all on gondola . This is a must do when in San Diego
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Tip: Plan on spending all day or multiple days at zoo and Balboa park

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Jennifer Q.
Glenview, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Teip"
January, 2019 NEW
We had a great time at the zoo. So much to see.
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Tip: Dress in layer and plan to spend the whole day there.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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donnasB4179ES
Fort Saskatchewan
"Fun for all"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Great day at the Zoo not to busy little cooler so more animals out and about.Something for everyone.
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GG2013
San Diego, California
"A great Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
The Zoo is amazing! I would get here early if you can. It is nice to beat the crowd. I like the walk, but if you have never been you may want to take the bus. I would walk first. My favoirites are the Koalas, giraffes, the elephants, the polar bears, actually there are so many...I usually take the tram back from the Polar bears. Pick a route. Don't try to do it all in one day. Enjoy. Go slow. It is amazing!
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818chuckb
La Jolla, California
"A great experience at the zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
The San Diego zoo is considered one of the best in the US and I concur. It is well organized and the staff was excellent. To see everything will take a whole day. It's a great educational experience for all ages. It was very interesting to see the zoo had paired animals that were different but compatible. Dogs are often paired with young cheetahs, something I never realized. Also a zebra's best buddy was a donkey. The Pandas are always a big hit. We were in the right place at the right time when the adult male lion literally roared several times; that got everyones attention. Soon we witnessed some romance when the female lion appeared and jumped on the same platform as the male. They started licking and nuzzling each other and wound up lying together on the same platform--WOW. Where your best walking shoes since their is a lot to see and a lot of ground to cover.
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BobetteKay
Byron Center, Michigan
"Amazing Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
We spent two days at the zoo. The first day was exploring the zoo to plan for the second when we had additional tours planned. Besides being a premium zoo it is also one of the best botanical gardens we have visited. We will return.
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mai619
San Diego, California
"BEST ZOO EVER!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
I LOVE OUR ZOO! There are so many different routes to take in this place. You could easily spend an entire day in the zoo and still not see everything. The petting zoo is so much for for the kids, they can actually interact with the animals. It is expensive, but you can bring your lunch to cut down on costs. It can get hot, and you walk alot so be prepared. Kids and adults will all have a blast!
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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.