Southern California Theme Parks

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive (in Balboa Park)
San Diego CA
(619) 231-1515

A 100-acre (40-hectare) urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Winding paths through a tropical oasis will bring you up close and personal to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Also at the San Diego Zoo is a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. Be captivated by the gentle Giant Pandas, Gao Gao and Bai Yun in their new home - with their new baby!. See Koalas and Kangaroos, Polar Bears, and Gorillas, tigers, and hippos and ride on the Skyfari aerial tram for a bird's eye view.

The lively atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for family fun. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting shows. A leader in animal care and conservation, the world-famous San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.

San Diego Zoo Activities

Meet the mandrills and golden-belled mangabeys as they swing through the trees of African forest.
Watch the hippos swim and play in their amazing 150,000 gallon pool.
Take a 40 minute guided bus tour around the zoo as you are exposed to some of the best exhibits.
Hear the calls of the colorful macaw or watch tigers on the prowl at the Tiger river.

See giant pandas feast on bamboo or get up-close and personal with a colorful toucan.
Swing over to The Joan B. Kroc Monkey Trails and Forest Tales habitat.
Other must sees include playful orangutans and siamangs at Absolutely Apes and frolicking polar bears at Polar Bear Plunge.

 

 

BUY TICKETS

 

San Diego Zoo Discount Tickets

San Diego Zoo $52
San Diego Zoo Transportation only $15.00
San Diego Zoo Safari Park $52
San Diego Safari Park Transportation only $39.00
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Combo Tour $83.25

San Diego Zoo Animal Zones

 

Africa Rocks

Go on an adventure throughout the continent that spans a variety of ecosystems at the new San Diego Zoo's Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. Made up of six exhibits spotlighting the amazing animals and plants found on the African continent.

 

 

Kopje
  • Kopje at Africa Rocks is home to

    Meerkat
    Rock Hyrax
    Klipspringer
    Bateleur Eagle
    Dwarf Mongoose
    Red-leaved Rock Fig Tree
Madagascar Forest
  • Madagascar Forest at Africa Rocks is home to

    Coquerel's Sifaka
    Ring-tailed lemur
    Fossa
    Blue-eyed Black Lemur
    Red Ruffed Lemur
    Honey Badger
    Elephant Tree
Ethiopian Highlands
  • Hamadryas Baboon
    Gelada
    Nubian Ibex
    Red-hot Poker Tree
Acacia Woodland
  • Acacia Woodland at Africa Rocks is home to

    Leopard
    Vervet Monkey
    Bee-eater
    Black-headed Weaver
    Camel Thorn Acacia
Cape Fynbos
  • African Penguin
    Leopard Shark
    Pincushion Protea
West African Forest
  • West African Dwarf Crocodile
    Floating Fig Tree
     

Asian Passage

Asian Passage

Attractions at

  • Grizzly Bear
  • Giant Panda
  • Hornbills
  • Monkeys
  • Porcupines

Discovery Outpost

Attractions at

  • Anaconda
  • King Cobra
  • Gal├ípagos Tortoise
  • Hummingbird
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Macaw
  • Penguin

Elephant Odyssey

Elephant Odyssey Explore Elephant Odyssey at San Diego Zoo. The 7.5-acre habitat is the most ambitious exhibit project that San Diego Zoo has ever developed. Guests have an opportunity to see elephants in a truly unique setting.

California Condor
Elephant
Lion

Lost Forest

Attractions at Lost Forest

  • Flamingo
  • Gorilla
  • Hippopotamus
  • Mandrill
  • Monkey
  • Orangutan
  • Otter
  • Pygmy Hippopotamus
  • Tiger
  • Jungle Java
  • Zoo Brew

Panda Canyon

Be transported into a world inspired by China's giant panda reserves in the Zoo's Panda Trek.

Australian Outback

Australian Outback

Attractions at Australian Outback

  • Camel
  • Koala
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Wombat

Northern Frontier

Northern Frontier

Attractions at Northern Frontier

  • Mountain Lion
  • Polar Bear
  • Zebra
  • Arctic Fox
  • Maned Wolf

Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle Cheetah
Giraffe
Rhinoceros

 

San Diego Zoo Facts

The San Diego Zoo has one of the world's largest collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles. The 100-acre (40.5-hectare) zoo, founded in 1916, has more than 800 animal species and more than 6,500 plant species.

San Diego Zoo

As a guest of the San Diego Zoo, every dollar you spend enables the zoo to continue their conservation and research work. And by learning why it's important to save these animals and protect their habitats, you, too are helping to preserve the planet, now and for future generations.

Money Saving Tip

With a Two-Park Ticket, you can now visit both the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park within 5 days of purchase for one low price. Click here for more information about San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo General Information

Address: 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, near downtown San Diego
Phone: (619) 231-1515
Hours: Gates open daily at 9am. Closing times vary by season. The Zoo is open 365 days a year.
Park Hours: Current San Diego Zoo hours

Parking at San Diego Zoo is FREE
Official Website: sandiegozoo.org

What's included with your admission to San Diego Zoo

General Admission to the World Famous San Diego Zoo.
Free Admission to the Children's Zoo
Unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus.
Unlimited use San Diego Zoo's Aerial Tram Ride.
A 35- minute fully narrated Bus Tour.

How to get to San Diego Zoo

Getting there

By Car

San Digo Zoo is located North of Downtown San Diego, situated in beautiful historic Balboa Park at Park Boulevard and Zoo Place.

Directions: From Hwy 163 South, exit at Park Blvd, and follow the signs. From Interstate 5 South, exit at Pershing Drive and follow the signs.

Amtrak California How to get to San Diego Zoo via Amtrak

Take the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego Station.

From there, walk 0.3 miles east to State Street and B Street. Then take San Diego Transit bus 7 (69th and University via University Avenue) to Park Boulevard and Zoo Place. Walk 0.1 miles to the zoo.

By public transit: Take Rapid 215 or Route 7, stop at the Zoo. For fare and schedule information, call 511, or visit sdmts.com.

Tip: Families Save on MTS Family Weekends! On Saturday and Sunday two children (12 and under) ride MTS Bus and Trolley routes FREE with a paid adult (18 and over)!

AAA Member Discounts to San Diego Zoo

AAA DiscountAAA members who show their valid AAA membership cards at ticket windows located at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will receive 10% off a 1-Day Pass. Valid for up to 6 people. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Senior Discount to San Diego Zoo

Seniors age 60 and older receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Military Discount to San Diego Zoo

All active-duty U.S. and foreign military personnel with valid military identification are given a free 1-Day Pass at the ticket windows. Dependent family members receive a discount of 10% off the 1-Day Pass. (Contact your base MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) or Ticket and Tour offices for futher dependent discounts) Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Note: AAA discount, Senior discount, and Military discount, cannot be applied online as guests will need to present their AAA cards, photo IDs and valid military identification in person.


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San Diego ZooAs a guest of the San Diego Zoo, every dollar you spend enables the zoo to continue their conservation and research work. And by learning why it's important to save these animals and protect their habitats, you, too are helping to preserve the planet, now and for future generations.

 

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