San Diego Zoo
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 73%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 62%Adventure Travelers
- 59%Local Culture
- 56%Budget Travelers
- 54%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (382)
- San Diego ZooMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Mar 07, 2014
+ One of few Zoo in the U.S. has Giant Panda.
+ Has Skyride (very cool feature, quick transport)
+ Affordable price ($44) often has coupon.
+ Other than Big Cats Birds, most exhibit use no cage, provide more nature setting/
+ Friendly staff great bus tour guide (Double Deck Bus)
+ Free parking, near Balboa Park.
+ Great for photographer if you got DSLR and telephoto lens, is must here.
+ More exhibit is been added all the time (Outback is in the construction)
+ Interesting 4D experience. with Ice Age.
+ Open longer hours and has light decoration in the Winter.
- Unlike most park, 1 day won't be able to see everything even if you are rushing.
- Only 1 good restaurant in the Zoo.
- Ice Age 4D cost extra ($5)
- Some exhibit like the Tiger and Gorilla are a bit confusing to get to.
- The transport bus is a bit slow, you could get to next point by walking faster.
- Some exhibit require some stair walking.
San Diego Zoo is a great zoo, if you never been to before, is definite worth a visit, if you had kids or photographer those 2 group would probably enjoy here. This Zoo is just about better than L.A. zoo in every way except the price. San Diego is a high cost tourism area, nearby Sea World cost like $76 admission just too much, this zoo cost almost half is more affordable. Not to mention Seaworld charge $15+ parking which this one doesn't. Would try the Safari park in the near future.
- San Diego ZooMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 24, 2014
This is a great zoo and a must-visit if you are in San Diego. It's easy to spend hours here and an ideal day out if you have children!
- San Diego ZooMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Feb 21, 2014
Lots of fun checking out the animals and lots of walking! We started with the bus tour, which was fantastic for an overview of the whole park, and then went back to the areas we were most interested in. We had a great tip from a volunteer - the lost forest is on a hill so you are best to do it first unless you want to trek up a tonne of stairs after you're done the other sections of the zoo.
- San Diego ZooAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Jan 09, 2014
This is a major attraction in San Diego located in the heart of gorgeous Balboa Park, and just north of Downtown. Undoubtedly this is a great place for children. I highly suggest sunscreen, comfortable shoes and using the map. The park is large and is split into various habitats. I really love the reptile house and the petting zoo was very fun for me when I was a kid.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- San Diego ZooMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Nov 11, 2013
So lets here it for the best zoo anywhere period. I have been to Zoos all across the USA and this is by far the best I have been to. I dont care if you are from Oakland, SF, LA, St Louis, Chicago, Washington DC, etc. Heck even toss both coasts sea worlds in there. Then think to add another zoo or two in Thailand, including a tiger farm.
But this place dominates on them all IMHO. The sheer size, number of animals, naturalistic habitats, etc. I love this zoo. You can take a ride around the entire park on the shuttle/tram with a tour guide as well as ride back and fourth hundreds of feet above in a gondola from one corner of the park to the other.
Pro Tip #1: ride on the top deck of the double decker bus, even if its hot, the breeze helps let alone, you get a much better view of all of the animals and a lot less patrons want to ride up on top with you.
So make sure you bring some drinks shade, and a conveyance for younger kids otherwise they will get wiped out at some point...
Some of my favorite items are watching the meercats, pandas (and babies when they have them), polar bears/penguins (love cold creatures), the big cats, and the giraffes drinking (super funny how they stand and bend). Some awesome awesome stuff IMHO...
Pro Tip #2: Ride the gondola to the far side of the park and hike back across. But only after you take the bus tour, so you can see what creatures you want to stop and take a closer look at on the hike back :D
Just be warned park grub is at inflated park prices and best to bring your own!
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