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San Diego Zoo, San Diego
(4.4/5 based on 18,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange to visit San Diego Zoo and other attractions in San Diego using our San Diego vacation trip planner.
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  • I am so glad to be a San Diego Zoo member. I have the type of membership where I can bring a guest each visit. It's a great place to escape for refreshment of the mind. Free zoo parking is nice. Free ...  more »
  • We were at the San Diego Zoo on a Saturday and, of course, a lot of visitors. The parking was free and entry cost 40 $/vuxen. The animals seemed to have a good one and there were several different species of felines. The weather was on top, really hot but it was sold, cool drinks at several places. Worth a visit but it required a lot of walking.
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  • My young granddaughters (1 & 4) found the zoo enjoyable but tiring. I was horrified to see lions, tigers & bears pacing backwards and forwards, a clear sign of their distress at being cooped up in sma...  more »
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  • My wife and I don't have kids, but we have memberships to the zoo, that's for sure! Get the annual pass then go during the week. Stroll around and marvel at this place piece by piece. Don't skip the children's zoo area, it's easy to miss but has a lot of cool stuff. If it's your first time, definitely take the bus tour first thing. It's the best way to really see the park and then decide where you want to focus your time.
  • what can I say? This place is AWESOME! I'd strongly recommend that you allot the better part of a day to take in all the amazing wildlife in this facility. The staff here is always helpful and very personable and it seems like I learn something new every time I visit. A must see for anyone in Southern California and WAYYY better than the LA County Zoo
  • Really great zoo. Depending on your speed you can see it all in a day. The bus tours are great and I would suggest doing that as one of the first things. We had a great time. The hippos were extremely active, pandas were awesome, and overall it was a great time. BRING SUNSCREEN....not because you'll likely burn, but because it's a total rip off to buy it at the gift shop. The cheapest I saw was nearly 20 dollars for 3 ounces of sunscreen.
  • Loved it. $50/person for a day pass. I recommend you do a tour bus (price included) to get an overview before you hoof it around. Wear comfy shoes and bring water (camel back). Definitely do the sky tram too (price included with a day pass too)
  • Better than I could have expected! The whole place was super clean and well maintained. The animals were well cared for and there were zoo volunteers all over providing great information. Ate at Albert's Restaurant, the food was a great value and delicious!