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San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

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The 730 hectare (1,800 acre) grounds of San Diego Zoo Safari Park are home to over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species. The zoo hosts a wide array of endangered and rare animals from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia in more natural exhibits than a traditional zoo. There are a number of safaris, though some carry additional costs. The African tram safari, included in the admission fee, takes you around the park’s expansive African landscapes to spot free-range rhinoceroses, buffalo, giraffes, and more. Don’t miss the lemur walk, where you can see Madagascar’s most famous critter up close. Other exhibits include the gorilla forest, world gardens, and condor ridge. Check the daily schedule for shows and talks. Put San Diego Zoo Safari Park and other Escondido attractions into our Escondido trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I so enjoyed my first safari with my granddaughter, I took another granddaughter the following year. On the first trip we did the deluxe safari because she really enjoys animals and the outdoors, and ...  more »
  • How can you not enjoy a place like this? It almost like being on safari in Africa. The staff is most accommodating in giving directions and advice (always with a smile). We lunched at the new Watering...  more »
  • We really enjoyed this park very much. It's less "disney" than san diego zoo and most enclosures are huge and well structured. Especially the african savannah is absolutely spectacular with the many d...  more »
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  • I loved it! My first time here was very nice. It is a huge park you need at least 2-3 entire days to get to see it all. I highly recommend the Chettah Run show at 3:30pm. Cheetah picking up speed from 0 to 65-70 miles per hour in just 4 seconds. I also did the Flight Line, worth my $75.00 dollars 145 ft above all the cool animals on the African and some Asian side.
  • The Wild Animal Park is by far my favorite attraction to visit in San Diego. Even if it's packed you can still get around easily without crazy lines. The new tiger exhibit is really cool and gets you right up to them versus the old exhibit. Get a pass if you're going more than once a year. Parking is included and comes with discounted passes for guests.
  • If your child can run. You need to get a season pass. They can just run around and have a good time and look at the animals. Also has pretty good food at most of the places I'd still say our favorite place is going through Mombasa Lagoon or the Tigers exhibit we see tigers every time. Need to work on the parking though that Hill is rough. Maybe a spot or two for an expected mother since so many families go there. But shout out to all the team members. Everybody is really nice and helpful.
  • Entry price is quite high for a one day tour. Once inside the park many items are at additional cost. The tram tour was okay, except the narration was very difficult to hear or understand due to the children and families that thought their screaming and loud conversation was of greater importance than the narrator's information. Perhaps the narrator could raise the volume so the tourist could hear her. We ate lunch at one of the many places available for dining. The food price, quantity and quality is okay. School groups appear to receive head of the line privileges, both for purchasing tickets and for touring. A male individual cut the line by entering the ticket purchasing area entering through the exit ahead of the other people awaiting their turn in line. He was accommodated in purchasing tickets while everyone else waited, this caused our group that waited in line to be separated. Seriously, his time is more important than everyone else? Absolutely not! I have no intention to ever visit again. A rating of two may be higher than I should have rated the park!
  • This isn't you're typical zoo. I enjoy it here more than the San Diego Zoo downtown. It's easier to get around and there are more things to do. There are more up close animal encounters. I've been here many times, and no two visits are the same. I always have a new experience and learn something new. Definitely check out the bird show and the cheetah run! If you live locally in the San Diego area, I would definitely think about getting the annual membership. It gives you admission to both parks and includes free parking in Safari park. It's totally worth it and pays for itself after two visits. The Keeper's pass also comes with two free guest passes for one day and two 50% off coupons, so you can bring friends and family along.