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San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido
(4.2/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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 have been going to San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for many years, taking my children and now my grandchildren. I am a Diamond Member which allows me to go anytime to either park, free parking at Safa...  more »
  • We love visiting the Safari Park! We are members and visit as often as we can! We were most recently there for our friends wedding. Amazing place for a wedding ceremony! (I didn't get the brides permi...  more »
  • This is a magnificent park dedicated to animals. It complements the famous San Diego Zoo very well - both are must see places if you visit. You could combine a visit here with a couple of beer breweri...  more »
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  • Long drive to get there but well worth it. Lots to do! Lots of walking to see exhibits. The tram was very informative. Plenty of places to eat. Loved the up close animal encounters. We got a membership so will be going back to see more of it. Only saw about 1/3 of the park on the first visit.
  • Such a fun, unique experience!!! This is not your typical zoo! The enclosures are laid out such that visitors are able to enjoy unobstructed views of the animals (with proper safety measures, of course). Included in admission is a tram that will take you through the back portion of the park which houses many species all living together in a beautiful, natural setting. If you are in the mood to splurge, there are a variety of other neat safari experiences that are well worth considering! If you are a resident of San Diego county, you can get season passes that are good for both the safari park and the zoo, so if you think you will visit each one during the course of the year, the membership is the way to go! Also, I highly recommend going "off the beaten path" to areas such as the world garden. Even on really crowded weekends, these areas are quiet and beautiful!
  • A great place to take the family and see some nature. The animals are all well taken care of, and look at home in their habitats. Protips: don't go in the summer months because it can get hot. Bring food in with you to save money on the crazy prices.
  • Love this park and safari feel it has. However, if you go during the hot summer months, there are very few areas to escape the heat. Even the restaurants that have indoor seating were way too hot. I'd recommend going during a cooler time of year.
  • Great and way better than a zoo. Animals are well taken care of. You can see the whole park in a day if planned properly. Many different tours available at an extra charge but well worth it. $50 bucks for admission will get you into the park which includes a tram ride and let's you see the exhibits. Back set Lion tour is cool.