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San Diego Zoo

Zoo, Park, and Botanical Garden
Balboa Park, San Diego
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  • S_J L.
    "Love this place♥ (guided bus tour was also great!!!!!)"(40 Tips)
    Rachel M.
    "Hippo Pool, Panda Canyon, Polar Bears and Gorillas are a must."(21 Tips)
    Academy of World Dance n Arts
    "We love the giraffes and the Skyfari aerial tram."(23 Tips)
    Christine H.
    "Take guided bus tour: sit on upper right for best view."(10 Tips)
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  • Aleso
    AlesoJune 14
    The zoo design is wonderful you can feel you are actually in the enviorement of the animals you are looking, has several spots to have snacks or even a beer, souvenir shops, kids will love it
  • Allison S.
    Allison SpivackDecember 24, 2015
    Amazing animals, take the sky tram! So much fun to walk around with friends or on your own and see the animal kingdom.
  • Kya M.
    Kya MootooNovember 8, 2015
    Best zoo in the country. I would suggest to take the bus tour because it is quite big, and you can get on and off the bus at the bus stops.
  • Shelley S.
    Shelley SykesOctober 17, 2015
    The month of October, kids are free. This in turn creates lack of parking and hundreds of people. We have come during regulars months and had more enjoyment, less crowds and plenty of parking.
  • Julie
    JulieAugust 22, 2015
    Save a lot of time because this zoo is big and needs time to walk around. The only zoo I've bee to and the pandas are actually awake and moving/eating.
  • Gilbert H.
    Gilbert HernandezJuly 28, 2015
    Nice zoo. They have transportation inside the zoo, which is good to move inside. Not recommended in high temperatures in the summer, as animals stay in shades and you can't see them.
  • Maina K.
    Maina KhojaJuly 6, 2015
    If you can go in a cool cloudy day you'll see animals in full action. You need a pass for riding the cable cars, hop on/off bus and for feeding giraffes
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QJune 21, 2015
    If you're a San Diegan, it's definitely worth getting a season pass! You can bring a guest (with Diamond Level) every time you visit! Great place to bring visitors with no extra expense to you.
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin SzwedaApril 23, 2015
    Pay extra for a behind the scenes tour. Early access panda tour gives access during feeding time before zoo opens. Includes access to parts of zoo normally off limits and golf cart tour of whole zoo.
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChinFebruary 21, 2015
    Awesome! Hands down one of the best Zoo's one the west coast (maybe the best). Great layout to get around to see everything and several options for transportation in the park (buses and sky tram).
  • Julie C.
    Julie CummingsJanuary 27, 2015
    Head to the Panda exhibit early to miss a long line & to see their morning feeding. Parking is free. Pace yourself because there's lots of walking.... its huge. Best zoo we've ever seen!
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CorriveauJanuary 23, 2015
    The animals here are loved and cared for by the best zookeepers in the country. It's a place to go to spend all day or just relax quietly in one of the aviaries after a long day.
  • Jenny V M.
    Jenny V Martinez RJanuary 19, 2015
    Excellent park for families to enjoy. The animals healthy and well fed. Recommendation for the bus ride sitting on the right side as the animals look better. Recommended
  • Dwight Y.
    Dwight YoungDecember 29, 2014
    Best zoo in the world. Nothing else comes close. Well-designed exhibits present animals as they would be in nature. Research and education mission is evident in the information given.
  • Aleksander P.
    Aleksander POctober 25, 2014
    Great too see but don't take the bus tour-it just consumes your time and you do not see anything from it
  • Peter C.
    Peter CsanadiOctober 11, 2014
    Very clean and has the friendliest keepers to answer your questions. Together with the Safari Park it is the best Zoo in the US, if not the world. Wear comfortable shoes. Check the map ahead of time.
    Upvoted Jun 16
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 8, 2014
    Skyfari tram was great!!!! I've been wanting to come here for a long time :D best zoo ever! Love this place♥ (guided bus tour was also great!!!!!)
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 16, 2014
    The zoo is massive. Having been to many large zoos I will say that this is one of the more confusing we've been to & isn't very well marked at all. Coloured pathways and signs would be an improvement.
  • Ninja C.
    Ninja CentralAugust 19, 2014
    The best zoo in the world! Bring your own food and drink coz it's expensive here and the food sucks! It's only worth paying for a soft serve ice cream. ;)
  • Ros47 D.
    Ros47 DeltaAugust 17, 2014
    Appears to be a location where non-human species of the planet are exhibited. Human species are exhibited on something called "Facebook." Humans enjoy petting non-humans but not the other way around.
  • Timmy L.
    Timmy LarsonJuly 14, 2014
    Great zoo! The Kangaroo Bus is to get around faster. The actual tour bus you board near the entrance. If the hippos are sleeping, wait 5 minutes. They'll have to take a breath.
  • Khaleedzi
    KhaleedziApril 11, 2014
    Welcome to San Diego Zoo! One of the world's most popular zoos. The zoo has Skyfari and offers a guided tour double-decked bus and I highly recommend you to start with it. Enjoy! 🐯👍 Read more
  • Lloyd A.
    Lloyd AustinApril 6, 2014
    Always purchase the bus tour that gives you all day access to "Express Buses". Worth every penny, but you still have to do a lot of walking. Strollers ARE allowed on Express Busses. :-)
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie S.December 22, 2013
    If you can, do the inside look tour. Worth every penny. You get to feed the camels, giraffes and skip the 45 min. Panda line. Staci was our tour guide and she was awesome. You learn a lot.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly McQuienNovember 12, 2013
    Go early, soon as the zoo opens. See the pandas, polar bears, koalas, whatever you like most as early as possible. Loved the sky tram, great views!
  • Ignis Dalini E.
    Ignis Dalini EcheverriSeptember 30, 2013
    Huge, beautiful, one of my greatest places! Hippos, Rhinos, Bears, Elephants, Gorillas, uff!.. Arrive early, don't buy during your visit (to walk free), you can buy yours presents in the exit store.
  • Julia
    JuliaAugust 15, 2013
    You'd better spend the whole day there! There are so many things to do and see. Too many animals, shops, and the summer festival performances. Amazing!!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Beautiful, beautiful zoo, but it's gigantic. To fully enjoy the experience, get a two-day pass. Otherwise, you'll end up dragging your feet four or five hours into it. The pandas are a must-see.
  • Kelsey W.
    Kelsey WilliamsAugust 4, 2013
    If you take the bus tour sit on the passenger side. Whether seated on the top or the bottom most if not ALL of the exhibits are on the passenger side of the bus Uuuggh!
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WinmanJuly 1, 2013
    When you get lost in the zoo, don't think that just because the path is leading downhill that you are headed toward the entrance. We ended up at the top of the park near the polar bear exhibit
  • Hollie B.
    Hollie BenincosaMarch 31, 2013
    Back stage pass is definitely worth it! Pictures with the animals, feeding, education... Not to mention cutsies in the guided tour and express bus lines! And discounts on purchases!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJanuary 30, 2013
    Go on a Monday for the lightest crowds and easiest viewing of the Baby Panda. Many of the animals are most active between 10am and 1pm. Hippo Pool, Panda Canyon, Polar Bears and Gorillas are a must.
  • Bofus T.
    Bofus TeefusOctober 2, 2012
    This guy was a character. Whenever someone would come up with a stroller, he'd take interest. When the stroller would leave, he'd go toward the back of his habitat.
  • Çağrı Mert B.
    Çağrı Mert BakırcıSeptember 7, 2012
    San Diego Zoo is a "must-see" attraction not only in San Diego, but also in the world. It is amazing! The zoo is more than a "zoo". It is also a park that you can have fun and find many things to do!
  • Kacey Dillman C.
    San Diego's Nighttime Zoo China Celebration from 2-9 until September 3 is a really neat experience. It really feels like you are in the jungle and you get to see the animals act differently. Read more
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    Watch polar bears swim at the Polar Rim exhibit; meet the zoo’s newest panda, or experience an “eye-to-nostril encounter” with massive hippos through the underwater-viewing window in the Lost Forest. Read more
  • San Diego
    San DiegoJuly 17, 2012
    Take the Skyfari Aerial Tram and give your feet a rest! Ride to the other side of the zoo while taking in views of the zoo and surrounding Balboa Park area.
  • The Weather Channel M.
    For an African safari experience, try the Safari Park (www.sdzsafaripark), the zoo’s sister attraction located in Escondido (about 25 miles from the zoo): Lion Camp, Elephant Overlook, Hidden Jungle
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GalellaJune 15, 2012
    Take the guided bus tour, it's free with your ticket and you'll see practically the whole place. (Sit on the upper level.) Then you can go back to visit the most interesting parts up close.
  • Antonia W.
    Antonia WolfJune 14, 2012
    Take the skyride to top of the park and work your way down the hills! It's a great way to save some energy and avoid uphills. Also, the top of the park contains a lot of the most important exhibits.
  • meniscuszine.com
    meniscuszine.comOctober 22, 2011
    Cannot say enough about this zoo, which rivals (so far) only Singapore in terms of zoos visited across the world. We would, however, like to know more about those diabetic monkeys.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BAugust 7, 2011
    Be sure to feed the giraffes! You need to buy your tickets early at the little hut near the exhibit. $5 gets your 3 biscuits. Spend some extra money to get more biscuits....it's worth it!!!
  • Dawn A.
    Dawn AbbottFebruary 11, 2011
    The Zoo is a wonderful place to take a hike! My husband and I go to either zoo or the wild animal park every weekend for our two hour hike and we always see something unique and amazing!!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KozielAugust 21, 2010
    Bring a pen so you can track your path through the park on the map. Also bring plenty of cash, the b of a ATM is near the tour bus if you forget cash.
  • Julie W.
    Julie WoodwardJuly 29, 2010
    Yes this zoo is huge but you will spend most of you time looking at the map trying to navigate it all. A lot of walking to see small exhibits. Not too impressed.
  • Visit San Diego
    Visit San DiegoJuly 20, 2010
    Take the Skyfari Aerial Tram and give your feet a rest! Ride to the other side of the zoo while taking in views of the zoo and surrounding Balboa Park area. Read more
  • Homeless Bill
    Homeless BillJune 20, 2010
    First, the good news: I found a hole in a fence at the zoo that's big enough for a homeless person to sneak in. Bad news: It's big enough for elephants to sneak out.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 20, 2010
    This zoo opened in 1915 & covers over 100 acres with more than 4000 animals. In the 80s an orangutan named Ken Allen became famous for repeatedly escaping from the 'escape-proof' orangutan enclosure.
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Mothsquatch
    MothsquatchJanuary 24, 2010
    great zoo... cheap for the year too... we got 2 passes for under $100 bucks and it came with 2 guest passes and good for both this park and the wild animal kingdom too. Read more
  • Laura D.
    Laura DNovember 30, 2009
    Best zoo in the country! See the pandas, elephants, gorillas, and polar bears. If you have time, you absolutely must drive up to the wild animal park (~20 miles) for an amazing safari experience. Read more
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