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San Diego California Zoo
Zoo at San Diego, California

San Diego Zoo

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2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego California
Category: Family / Kids
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San Diego Zoo

One of San Diego's most legendary attractions, the San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals. Get wild in naturalistic animal exhibits – from Africa to the Outback – with lions, tigers, elephants, polar bears, and the giant pandas. Discover the savanna at Africa Rocks and see the giant pandas of Panda Canyon.
Walk through the bamboo trees of the Asian Passage and journey through the Outback with kangaroos and koalas. Enjoy spectacular exhibits, including Elephant Odyssey, Lost Forest, Northern Frontier, Urban Jungle, Discovery Outpost and Polar Bear Plunge. Check out incredible shows, including Dr. Zoolittle Children's Show and soar above the treetops on the Skyfari® aerial tram.


Hours -

Open every day of the year at 9 am, including holidays.


  • 1-Day Pass: $42 (Adults), $32 (Children 3-11)
  • 2-Visit Pass: $76 Adults), $56 (Children)


  • Black and White Overnight
  • Summer Art Camp
  • Twilight Trek
  • Critter Campout
  • Discovery Tour


  • Animal Exhibits & Shows
  • San Diego Zoo Tours
  • Skyfari® Aerial Tram
  • Movies in 4-D Theater
  • African Safari
  • Dining & Shopping

San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park

Roam the San Diego Zoo’s Africa Safari Park and get up close to lions, rhinos, antelopes, cheetahs, elephants and zebras. Enjoy exciting safari adventures, including the Africa Tram Safari, Caravan Safari, Cheetah Safari and the Flightline Safari, a soaring zip line journey above the animals. Try the Rolling Safari on a Segway, or go off the beaten path on the Behind-the-Scenes Safari. Enjoy fun family activities, including the African Tram and Discovery Station, and exciting shows like the new Cheetah Run. Hungry? Grab a bite at Thorntree Terrace and Okavango Outpost.

San Diego Zoo Hours -

The San Diego Zoo is open every day, including holidays.
  • Current Hours/Nighttime Zoo (through September 3): 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Summer/Fall Hours (September 4–21): 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Fall Hours (September 23–October 7): 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Fall Hours (October 8–December 13): 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Fall/Winter Hours - Jungle Bells (December 14–23): 9 a.m.–8 p.m.


What is the cost of admission?

The Zoo’s 1-Day Pass is $42 (Adults) and $32 (Children 3-11), and includes Zoo admission, Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, and the Skyfari Aerial Tram.
The 2-Visit Pass is $76 (Adults) and $56 (Children) and includes a 1-Day Pass to the Zoo and an Africa Tram Safari Pass to the Safari Park or Two 1-Day Passes to the Zoo or Two Africa Tram Safari Passes.
San Diego 3-for-1 Pass is $135 (Adults) and $105 (Children) and includes the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego for unlimited admission for 7 days from the first use.

Can I bring food into the San Diego Zoo?

You can bring personal food into the parks and enjoy eating in the picnic areas just outside the Zoo’s main entrance. Don’t worry you can get your hand stamped for re-entry on the same day. The San Diego Zoo also offers unique restaurants and cafes. Take a break and enjoy a dining at Albert's Restaurant, Sabertooth Grill, Front Street Café, Poppy’s Patio, Treehouse Café, Safari Kitchen, Sydney’s Grill, San Diego Zoo Sandwich Company and Lagoon Terrace for delicious international eats – from American to Mexican to Pan-Asian.


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