San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Zoo, Park, and Botanical Garden · Balboa Park
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Open until 8:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
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The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.


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    Dillon C.
    "First thing: take the bus tour and get the top right seats!"(36 Tips)
    Academy of World Dance n Arts
    "We love the giraffes and the Skyfari aerial tram."(22 Tips)
    Rachel M.
    "Hippo Pool, Panda Canyon, Polar Bears and Gorillas are a must."(17 Tips)
    Kyle H.
    "Sit on the right side of the bus for the best views."(12 Tips)
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  • Kya M.

    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.

    Kya Mootoo · 2 weeks ago
  • Michelle Von Q.

    Michelle von Quilich loves the mildly warm weather that San Diego has all-year round. Read more

    Michelle Von Quilich · October 19
  • Krys K.

    Take the early morning panda tour. It is fun!

    Krys K · October 18
  • Shelley S.

    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.

    Shelley Sykes · October 17
  • Bryan Y.

    I always enjoy seeing the elephants!

    Bryan Young · October 8
  • Nathan M.

    The world's best zoo. Good workout walking around all the different exhibits.

    Nathan Murphy · September 20
  • Fabo G.

    Beautiful place! !!!!

    Fabo Guerra · September 13
  • Rosaura R.

    Loved it! So much to see, beautiful place to spend the day. The polar bears made my day :) must see

    Rosaura Romero · September 13
  • Rachel H.

    Beautiful zoo

    Rachel Heinz · September 7
  • Kaylee

    The single best zoo in the world hands down. Pay attention to the rate underlooked animals like the Ornate Hawk Eagle

    Kaylee · September 7
  • Lizeth B.

    Go on a guided bus tour as soon as you get there

    Lizeth Brasseas · September 4
  • Evana R.

    Totally a must if you are around!

    Evana Rüt · September 2
  • syl r.

    Most amazing zoo ever!

    syl r · August 29
  • Ghadah A.

    You should try walking alone in the lost forest without a map, it's a unique experience.

    Ghadah A.Alharbi · August 27
  • Julie

    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.

    Julie · August 22
  • Alfa S.

    In terms of food related items, you can bring anything you want into the zoo, like containers for free water refills.

    Alfa Santos · August 22
  • Sean M.

    Take the bus tour and skyfari ride early in the day before it gets crowded.

    Sean Miller · August 20
  • Douglas C.

    The world famous Dan Diego zoo. The best!!

    Douglas Chun · August 18
  • Kailin V.

    Such a fun place even for an adult. Did one half of the zoo walking and the other half on the trolley, took us about 3.5 hours. So many monkeys!!!

    Kailin Villamar · August 13
  • Luke G.

    Great zoo, but I think omaha zoo is just as great.

    Luke Guthrie · August 10
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    Juanita Brice · August 10
  • Melba S.

    Awesome zoo! I save $ 5.00 off admission with coupons from the 101 Things To Do in San Diego magazine. Check your hotel lobby for free copies .

    Melba Smith · August 4
  • Tessie O.

    All the animals.

    Tessie Ortega · August 3
  • Gilbert H.

    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.

  • Will H.

    Best zoo on the west coast.

    Will Hull · July 27
  • Tori A.

    It's one of the best zoos in the world for a reason.

  • Matthew S.

    The souvenir sipper is $11, but with free refills and iced tea 2-3 people can stay hydrated without all the sugar.

    Matthew Supert · July 23
  • Rob V.

    If you can find Julio, one of the caricature artists, he is the best! Very nice and did a great drawing!

    Rob Vernon · July 12
  • Edzel R.

    The largest zoo here in San Diego

  • Maina K.

    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

    Maina Khoja · July 6
  • Kat S.

    Love seeing the babies at the zoo!

    Kat S. · June 26
  • Kimberly Q.

    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.

    Kimberly Q · June 21
  • RaeRey

    Love the animals but the food is too expensive considering the quality in taste 😒

    RaeRey · June 18
  • Dave H.

    The line for the pandas can be super long - try to get there while crowds are at a minimum.

    Dave Holtz · June 7
  • Erin R.

    If it's hot, cool off in Fern Canyon

    Erin Richards · May 31
  • Claire M.

    Check out the polar bears!

    Claire Mazzeo · May 23
  • Richard R.

    Free parking. Simply the best zoo and amazing botanical collection throughout the park.

    Richard Revilla · May 19
  • Isabella z.

    The animals.

  • Benjamin S.

    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.

    Benjamin Szweda · April 23
  • Habibo M.

    It's huge. So huge

    Habibo Mo · April 19
  • Zeynep G.

    I saw koalas, kangaroos & an okapi and most importantly a panda in just a couple of hours. If U ❤️ animals, visit the zoo!

    Zeynep Güden · April 11
  • Hannah M.

    Oh my gosh it is phenomenal!

    Hannah Muery · April 11
  • Sasha T.

    2-3 hours minimum. Don't waste time on bus tour. Just walk and keep your tickets.

    Sasha Tkachenko · March 19
  • NylanaD

    Fun Day well spent!

    NylanaD · March 17
  • Nick C.

    Get there early and avoid the crowds.

    Nick Cohen · March 17
  • Kenneth W.

    Take the Skyfari!

    Kenneth Westling · March 7
  • Mag T.

    The animals!!

    Mag Thomas · March 2
  • Robert S.

    Take a ride on the cable car, it's great fun!

    Robert Stephen · February 28
  • Messie J.

    Do the skyfari!

    Messie Jessie · February 25
  • Regalets R.

    The best of The best!

    Regalets Regalos · February 22

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