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San Diego Zoo, San Diego

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Providing a home for 3,700 of some of the world's rarest animals, San Diego Zoo features pandas, gorillas, antelopes, orangutans, koalas, and much more. Noted for pioneering the concept of cage-free exhibits that recreate natural animal habitats, this zoo covers an area of almost 40 hectares (100 acres). Take guided tours on a bus, or hop on an overhead gondola to see the diverse habitats from the air. See different animals often found side by side in the wild, along with native plant life from places such as African rainforests and Arctic taigas. To view the collection of rare plants, visit the arboretum. Begin your visit at the visitor center, where you can pick up a free map. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to San Diego Zoo and many more San Diego attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Diego trip planning tool.
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  • One of the best zoos. We saw many different types of animals from all around the world: koalas, orang utans, grizzlies, gorilla, elephants, red panda, lions, capybara, polar bear, penguins, gazelle... 
    One of the best zoos. We saw many different types of animals from all around the world: koalas, orang utans, grizzlies, gorilla, elephants, red panda, lions, capybara, polar bear, penguins, gazelle...  more »
  • I enjoyed my zoon experience. I don't think I saw everything, there is a lot, I would need at least two days. I enjoyed the double Dutch bus that took you through the zoo and provided tour like... 
    I enjoyed my zoon experience. I don't think I saw everything, there is a lot, I would need at least two days. I enjoyed the double Dutch bus that took you through the zoo and provided tour like...  more »
  • Do not attend the animal in action experience for the extra money. What a rip off. The tour is about an hour long, you get to see some animals in close distance which is nice. But the emphasis "you... 
    Do not attend the animal in action experience for the extra money. What a rip off. The tour is about an hour long, you get to see some animals in close distance which is nice. But the emphasis "you...  more »
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  • First time visiting, was very surprised at how big this place is (100 acres). Definitely recommend bringing very comfortable shoes and clothing for both adults and children. It is a place that has many extremely steep hills so it wasn't exactly wheelchair friendly, therefore, we were unable to walk through many parts of the zoo. My autistic son requires a wheelchair so we were kinda bummed about that. Although they do provide an ADA shuttle service for handicapped visitors which we did use (they basically pick you up and drop you off on different locations within the zoo. All of the employees are very courteous and maps of the zoo are provided. The entire establishment (the parts we saw) was very well kept, very clean (including restrooms), the plant life is amazing and thriving and the animals personal areas were very clean. It seems as if they do a lot of maintenance for their animals and plants. There were many places to eat which means the lines are not long wherever you choose to go and provided lots of ways to provide drinks (vending machines, kiosk carts, refrigerated drinks inside stores. That was important to us because it was a very hot day and we ran out of our own drinks quickly. The prices are reasonable and we enjoyed ourselves. There were many souvenir shops throughout the zoo, each had different items depending on where the store is located and what species of animals are nearby. We will definitely be visiting again next summer.
  • Highly recommend. I love animals, this is by far the best zoo. The amount of space each animal has is amazing and you can see them from many different viewing spots. Able to feed a Rhino and Giraffes for a fee. Totally worth it for the experience and always nice to support a good cause. Spoke with many workers who are walking around the zoo and everyone was very knowledgeable! We had a blast!
  • Hands down a must see for anyone that can get to San Diego. Very easy to get to within the city. Parking free on site. However...it was insanely busy so plan accordingly. We got there at 11am thinking we'd see some people leaving already but people were still arriving in droves! We took the sky ferry (free) to the back and then walked to the front. Took us five hours to do almost everything. Every exhibit was so well done-absolutely incredible. Plenty of shade everywhere. The animal enrichment was such a focus-it was so cool! The signs are well done and volunteers very helpful not to mention wealth of knowledge. Bathrooms well stocked and clean. Pathways and gardens-pristine. Customer service well noticed. Well worth every $ today. Thank you San Diego Zoo!
  • Wow, just wow. What an amazing experience. Clean, organized and very professional staff. As a Disneyland Cast member i know first hand about high standards when it comes to public entertainment. So let me say that the San Diego Zoo has definitely got it's stuff together. The staff and volunteers were all so amazing. Every one that we interacted with were all so knowledgeable and courteous. They were even so nice to share some tips with us to make our trip even more enjoyable. The areas throughout were clean and well maintained. The food was great and fairly priced. We didn't do any tours and instead chose to walk the whole time. The paths were at times confusing but we eventually figured out where we needed to go. The only negative thing i have to say is that a lot of animals were either not available to see or were in areas of there enclosures that were hard to see for kids let alone adults at times. Other than that our kids and us had a great time. We wished we lived closer so we could go more often. Well done San Diego Zoo!
  • The Zoo was great! Kids loved it. It was kinda hot so the animals weren't that active. I'd recommend going really early or really late. There was a splash pad for kids, and we spend over an hr in there. We could take our own food and drinks which was good since I got 4kids. Overall: Good, I will be going back.

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