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San Diego Zoo

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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-231-0249
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Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and see what the elephants are up to. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or the scenic view from the Skyfari aerial tram, and dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert's Restaurant. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper chats. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.
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2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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Reviewed today via mobile

Our family of three (including a 2 year old) spent a full weekday, approx 6 hours, seeing nearly every inch of this amazing zoo. Here's what we discovered: *it is a very large zoo and maps are provided. There are also lots of volunteers around...More

Thank meesha03
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Bought a two day pass. We got to see every animal in the park. The weather was fantastic. Everyone who works there and volunteers there are friendly and helpful. We did the VIP tour on day two and I highly recommend it. We got a...More

Thank Sarstps72
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Reviewed yesterday

the zoo has an amazing array of wildlife and is in a perfect setting. I have had year passes and it is a great place to go with both friend s and family.

Thank Ashlyn R
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Reviewed yesterday

The zoo is wonderful. We spent between 3 and 4 hours there. I would have given it 5 stars, but as others have said, the map that is provided is hard to follow. We had to double back a few times, which was tough because...More

Thank Jennifer V
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Reviewed yesterday

Given this was a recommend excursion, we thought we would visit - we struggled with the limited space some of the animals had, compared to in the wild, but consoled ourselves with the conservation efforts of the zoo - well thought out landscaped areas and...More

Thank Paula L
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Reviewed yesterday

I visited the San Diego Zoo while traveling alone on business. It was a great place to kill some time without feeling out of place because I was alone. They have so many beautiful animals. I got to see pandas, elephants, penguins, polar bears, and...More

Thank kristah279
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Reviewed yesterday

Our first trip to San Diego and we knew that the zoo was on our short list of "must do's" and we were right! Thankfully we were warned about all of the walking we'd be doing because we were prepared with comfy shoes and water...More

Thank LORIAVWTRAVELS
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Reviewed yesterday

This zoo has some really fantastic settings for its animals. The gorillas are in a spectacular open area the roam. Seems many of the habitat setups, while wonderful for the animals, make getting around the zoo and observing them more difficult especially with younger children....More

Thank Larry D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great zoo! Do the free double decker bus tour! It got bed a nice overview. Then go see your favorites.

Thank janmount
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing place. They have just added new areas too so if you were there in the past, go again to see the new areas. The horticulture is as wonderful as the variety of animals....I love the cats, elephants and and many animals...More

Thank Oaklandgal65
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Dana S
27 December 2017|
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Response from Pete614 | Reviewed this property |
We spent about 5 hours during daylight so cannot answer about Christmas lights. A very worthwhile place to visit
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Lisa M
13 November 2017|
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Response from ginavon | Reviewed this property |
But I forgot to mention the zoo always has live pop up entertainment throughout the year last time I went there were acrobats, clowns S, and live music programs running on and off in different areas of the park. So fun
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Jaime P
8 November 2017|
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Response from ginavon | Reviewed this property |
Lots of trails and hills so unless you are really in shape and have top quality walking shoes probably not. Best news? They have a bus you can pay xtra to take and it takes you all around..a sky tram which gives birds eye... More
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