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The San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, California 92101 USA

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“The greatest zoo in America”

In 1916 Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard the roar of a lion left over from a World’s Fair in San Diego. At that moment, the prominent physician decided a zoo was needed in San Diego. Now world-famous, the San Diego Zoo is still innovating with groundbreaking new exhibits for more than 3,700 animals, while entertaining millions of visitors. From Australian koalas to Arctic polar bears, the San Diego Zoo celebrates more than 90 years of animal adventure. Open 365 days a year, the San Diego Zoo welcomes San Diego families as well as visitors from around the world.  The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 668 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 2,600 animals representing more than 340 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 531 Reviews
  • 421 Helpful
22 June 2014
Rated 4.0

We stopped here a few years ago on a trip to comic con, and it really is a proper world class zoo. We were lost all day walking around, it was busy but everything was accessible, the cable cars were great, we saw the pandas, had a blast really!

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roseofgold

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
18 August 2014
Rated 5.0

I visited here with my girlfriend whose on a scooter. We spent all day going around this massive zoo. We had to get a shuttle a couple times due to the hills, but it was a blast. Alberts restaurant in the middle of it all was wonderful for a nice lunch.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tori.j.garza

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
15 July 2014
Rated 5.0

In my opinion this is the best zoo in the universe. You can really see any animal you've ever dreamed of and the scenery is so green and wonderful. It will easily take you the entire day to see what this zoo has to offer.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ashdyan7

  • 17 Reviews
  • 25 Helpful
13 July 2014

I went here on a field trip in 5th grade and had somehow managed to lose my wallet before I had even stepped off the bus so that was pretty devastating and I also discovered on this trip that flamingos are actually not as pink as lawn ornaments depict them to be, so that was equally upsetting. However, I visited this zoo again a few years ago and it was great, I would highly recommend making a day out of it because there's so much to see and learn and I think everyone would enjoy spending time here.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sara_in-Houston

  • 11 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
29 July 2015
Rated 5.0

Best zoo. If you are in town for a few days but the season pass and go to the safari park too, it will pay for itself. Lots of walking & hills. They do have the bus tours & sky lifts

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dave Doster

  • 133 Reviews
  • 115 Helpful
30 September 2014
Rated 5.0

This is an amazing zoo. It's all about the Pandas. I've posted a few pics. You have to time your wait in line with when they are active. You don't want to wait, only to see the distant back of a sleeping panda. Sometimes you can tell what state they are in by listening from outside to the run commentary coming from the volunteer inside.

Also not to miss is the Sky Ride. There are so few of these left. It's just one of those dumb zoo rides I've loved since I was a kid. Kind of like the train at the Cincinnati Zoo.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 772 Helpful
14 July 2014
Rated 5.0

If you're in town for a convention, like comic-con, then you should hit up this zoo. It's one of the nicest zoos in the country. Impeccably maintained and very beautiful laid out. I will say it gets very crowded during tourist season.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anthony Arata

  • 64 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
02 September 2019
Rated 5.0

This zoo is legit. I don’t spend much time at zoos, as the only other one I’ve been to is the San Francisco zoo back home (which by the why I feel is underrated). But this one is pretty sweet. I was able to see pretty much everything in about 4 hours but that was hurrying. Also, avoid coming here though on a holiday weekend, as I visited on Labor Day weekend and it was pretty busy. But the animals here seek well taken care of, and most of them were out to see, except for the polar bears, which was kinda disappointing. I saw the cost of entrance, which was pretty steep. However, being active duty military got me free admission, so pretty sweet deal. Just gotta show your CAC card at the gate.

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Reviewed by
nivdecalo

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  • 0 Helpful
03 May 2019
Rated 4.0

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Reviewed by
Shelby

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
18 January 2019
Rated 4.0

This zoo is absolutely massive. You will spend all day here going through different biospheres and seeing their animals. The sky tram has a wonderful view of not only the zoo but of balboa park too. The price is up there but active military get in free.

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The San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, California
92101 USA

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Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • No Wifi
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