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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
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  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Less than an hour north of San Diego (30 to 45 minutes?), and a world apart from the Zoo -- Safari Park offers visitors several options to view and interact with the animals. We upgraded to the "Caravan Safari" and were driven right into (not around the perimeter of) the fields of grazing animals, had a chance to feed giraffes and rhinos. Highly recommended and worth the extra cost to experience the animal up close.

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    Everyone loves the Safari Park! There are so many adventures to be had here. In addition to seeing all the animals, they offer ziplining, safari trucks through the exhibits, and a Jungle Ropes Safari (where guests can climb through the tops of trees in treehouse style obstacle course - look on their website!) - 30 minute drive from the property!

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  • San Diego Zoo Safari ParkPro 2014

    The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park is one of the most popular attractions in San Diego. Good for the entire family, and definitely among the best zoos in the country, if not the best.

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  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    I love to go to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park until 2010, is an 1,800 acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County.

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    Since I am a San Diegan from birth, I have been going to the Safari Park (formerly called the Wild Animal Park) since I was a baby. The Safari Park is not the traditional "zoo" environment as the animals live in huge enclosures and, in the African safari area, painstaking efforts have been made to recreate animals natural environment including putting animals of different species together in one 40+ acre enclosure. The Safari Park also offers a variety of unique "safari" experiences including backstage tours, truck safaris where you can feed rhinos and giraffes, as well as a zip line that flies high above the park. The Safari Park is an essential stop for anyone visiting the San Diego area and offers enough new and changing exhibits and attractions that even locals will enjoy a visit.

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    This place is overrated. Expensive, crowded, terrible layout where I had to walk back and forth to see new things, it was like a maze. Many empty "cages" and sad looking animals.

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    An unique and fun experience that's good for the animal kingdom. If you've never been there before, the base admission is enough to get acquainted with the park and will take the day. They have a series of packages that will heighten your experience -- feed giraffes, overnight glamping, etc. If you're in the San Diego area, it's a worthwhile experience and perfect for a group outing.

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    This is my favored animal viewing in San Diego. The animals are places in a more wild setting, so those who do not want to look at an animal in a cage need not worry. There are tons of shows to catch, or just sit in one spot long enough and a trainer is sure to walk a cheetah by you in no time. Bring a date, bring the kids, or just bring a camera.

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    Closest place to Africa. Ride the tram or take a private tour to get up close and personal to all the plants and critters.

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  • San Diego Zoo Safari ParkPro 2014
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    Interesting zoo layout but not as good as San Diego Zoo, it require more walking since there's no tram. Most of the animal here are not close up.

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    While visiting the zoo, considering buying the Backstage Pass you will get special access to animals, even feed some!

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    I love this place because it's more than a zoo, and one step below the open African safari lands. Animals here have their own reserved spaces of land, and you can interact with them up close and personal. If you can swing it, take the safari photo tour - for close up photographs of lions, zebras, elephants, and giraffes in the wild, with not a fence in sight.

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    Great all day getaway with the family...they have entertaining demonstrations as well throughout the day with the various animals. It is also a good way to view animals "outside" of their cages in a more "natural" setting.

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  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    The Wild Animal Park is the lesser known attraction in the San Diego Zoo family. It is home to a massive open savannah environment where animals run "free" and function closer to how they would in the wild. It is without question on par with the zoo and a must visit if in the area.

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    For a great bargain, buy the yearly pass.

    From early morning to late evening, it will be difficult to take in all the sights of the zoo. To help you see more of the park take the Skyfari aerial tram and when you and your family are needing a break from walking hop onto the guided bus tour.

    The zoo is enjoyable anytime of year.

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    Be prepared to really hike if you want to see 1/2 of the park. Yes the animals are nice - the cheetah run is a waste .....
    The kids liked it tho ;).

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    We love this zoo. It's HUGE, too much to do in one day with small children. The koalas and pandas are our favorites, probably because they aren't at a lot of zoos. Our favorite place to eat is Albert's. the prices are high throughout the park, but this place is the nicest, especially when you're seated outside. The veggie dishes are all superb.

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    My family and I love the Wild Animal Park (otherwise known as Safari Park). Great place for families, educational, fun, exciting. We have great memories there and always look forward to going back!

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    A must for any wildlife enthusiast. See wild animals roaming, in as nearer a natural environment, as can be created by man.

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    Ever want to go into the heart of darkness and take a Safari? But you don't exactly feel safe and settled due to the unrest that plagues Africa? Well you have a quasi solution right here in the States. Go to San Diego to the SD Wild Animal Park!

    It is set up much like an open plains savanna. They have gazelles, hippopotamus', elephants, giraffes, and oxen etc all over the faux savanna. It is a very beautiful scene to see most of these creatures play out their lives in and amongst each other. However it is not totally a true savanna in that it is limited in range and animal species. The omnivores and carnivores are not present with the plant eaters, but are in special areas that can still be viewed.

    There is a train that skirts the edges of the savanna allowing all visitors to see most of the park. In addition there are walk through areas that let visitors see many many more things; a giant aviary, smaller cages for some types of creatures, feed the animal locations, savanna lookouts, etc etc... The experience is truly a special one for kids of all ages. I have always enjoyed going here from when I was a little kid my daughter's age to the present.

    I suggest bringing lunch with you and not having to pay exorbitant fees to eat park food. An umbrella if it is a particularly hot day, a backpack to carry souvenirs/snacks with, and a camera to capture all the wonders of nature that are around this park. Having some drinks is likely the most critical item that you can bring with you. It will almost assuredly be oppressive heat during the summer. So be prepared with a stroller or to carry your younger children as they will wear down throughout the day.

    Definitely a wonderful wonderful place to go and I cant more highly suggest it.

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Without ever leaving the country you can travel half way across the world by visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Once known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park, this nature and animal preserve offers you the chance to explore and interact with animals and plants of all kinds. Some 3,000 animals from over 400 different species along with more than 3,500 species of plants are showcased at the park. Specimens are imported from the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe. In addition to the overabundance of species, the park also offers unique interactive safaris to its guests, making it a mandatory destination for your next trip.

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