We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

“Can't Beat the Zoo” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
Book In Advance
and up
San Diego Zoo
Ranked #2 of 423 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
San Diego
Level Contributor
63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Can't Beat the Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

Love the gorillas and the snakes! The SD Zoo is a great place for any age. There is an old school carousel, that I used to ride 44 years ago and also an little train around the park. Great spot for all!

Visited September 2011
Thank cre8dnrg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

19,114 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Mattoon, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

loved it...the staff was so good at providing good customer service and the place was very well taken care of.

Visited February 2012
Thank BradW_61938
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Take a PASS on the Backstage Pass”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Liked the zoo okay, but we got suckered in to buying the "backstage pass" at the tune of $100 each. Backstage pass was a mere private pet parade. They traipsed some exotic animals onto and across the stage in front of us and gave us photo opts by allowing us to stand near the platform box the animal was on.

We DID get to feed the rhino and touch a kangaroo, but I was expecting more interaction with others animals, not just a private viewing. The positive is my money went toward the care and conservation of the animals. So make your own decision. I know I wouldn't have done it had I known. Would have preferred to donate my money without the cheesy parade.

Visited February 2012
Thank scuber
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Carlsbad, CA USA
Level Contributor
47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“world class zoo in a world class city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

you could spend days there and still not be bored with the offerings.

Thank allan w
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
74 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice Zoo...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

This is a nice zoo, lots to see/do. If you don't mind a drive I would say the Safari park in Escondido outshines the zoo though.

1 Thank coastaltransplant
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed San Diego Zoo also viewed


Been to San Diego Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing