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San Diego Zoo

Zoo, Park, and Botanical Garden
Balboa Park, San Diego
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  • Afnan O.
    Afnan OJuly 29
    A very active and big zoo. You will need water and try walking in the shade. Whenever you do the bus tours make sure you are on the right side of the bus to see most of the animals. My son enjoyed it.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • ohechoho
    ohechohoJuly 26
    Impressive conservation efforts. Super knowledgeable staff (be sure to take advantage of the bus tour, sit right upper deck). And of course PANDAS (1 of 4 zoos in US exhibiting pandas) and BIG CATS!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jul 2
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Noel C.
    I'm not a fan of Zoo's but this one seems to care about the animals and is definitely a zoo where educating the children that visit is something they take seriously. Check it out.
    Upvoted Aug 19
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. :-)
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Olga D.
    Olga DinizMarch 10, 2013
    Hop on the bus tour and the skyfari to see most pf the zoo. Use a map to see the animals you like the most, because it's impossible to ser everything in one day!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Mohammed
    MohammedMarch 25
    Amazing Zoo, take day pass and enjoy unlimited skyfari Aerial tram, guided bus tour, and kangaroo bus.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!!)
  • Abdulaziz A.
    The best zoo have ever visited, very clean, organized & well managed. Animals looks relaxed and well served. A wonderful place to visit👍🏼
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Rosaura R.
    Rosaura RomeroSeptember 13, 2015
    Loved it! So much to see, beautiful place to spend the day. The polar bears made my day :) must see
  • Merve G.
    Merve GoysariSeptember 19, 2014
    The most beautiful zoo i have ever seen! Its huge! You def need the whole day to explore this place! The bus tour and the sky tram thing is a must! ♡
  • Kailin V.
    Kailin VillamarAugust 13, 2015
    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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Patricia L.
    Most beautiful place in San Diego, no doubt of that. Go straight to the Polar Bear Plunge and the Panda Trek because they get too crowded.
  • 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
  • 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
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