San Diego Zoo
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 76%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 69%Adventure Travelers
- 61%Local Culture
- 55%Budget Travelers
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- San Diego ZooMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7
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!Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooAmbassadorMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2
Ah, the world famous San Diego Zoo. It's enormous, it has thousands of animals, the food is overpriced, and they'll try to sell you a souvenir cup everywhere you go. Personally, a zoo is a zoo to me, but in the end I will judge it by the quality of its animal care and facilities, and the caretakers themselves. In this regard, the SD Zoo ranks very high with me - they maintain a fabulous reputation for their animal care, they run worldwide rescues and preservation of endangered species, and the caretakers and trainers are rigorously educated/trained. As an animal-rights advocate, I approve. And the establishment itself makes for an enjoyable day -- but don't plan an itinerary that has you moving through the exhibits mechanically. Enjoy the variation - witness the elephant feeding, walk a moving elevated sidewalk right into the trees of monkeys, and if you must, wait in the atrociously long lines for the world famous pandas. And don't forget to ride the skyride for beautiful views as you journey across the natural canyons within the park. If you can swing the extra dough, get one of the expeditions where you can personally interact with the animals - feed the giraffes, bathe the rhinos, hold a baby gorilla. Otherwise, just enjoy a day among the animal kingdom in the San Diego sunshine.Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 9
Fun place to go young or old. They have sky safari which takes you via gondola to both sides of zoo. There is also a bus that gives you a thorough 35/45 minute tour of the zoo an explains the animals and their habitat etc. There are also many restaurants that aren't that unreasonably priced. For locals it's a better value to buy the year pass. Take advantage of the giraffe feeding times on the weekends, and get there early to avoid long lines
- San Diego ZooCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureFoodies+ 4
It's quite possibly the grandest zoo in the world. With great shows, a cool bus ride and lots of conservation going on, there's no reason not to visit the San Diego Zoo if you're already in SD. What I love most about the zoo is their concerned effort to protect the animals.
- San Diego ZooMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersAdventure Travelers
This one of the best zoos n the world. It also very large. You can walk it if you are are in pretty good shape otherwise you should spend the money for a bus pass. Also if you are not afraid of heights take the tram over the top of the zoo. It's a hoot.
- San Diego ZooMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11
This world-famous zoo has enough species to please even the pickiest of animal-lovers in your family. This makes for a great first or last stop on a tour of the many opportunities to see California's wildlife along the coast.Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 8
I did a weekend in San Diego where I went to out the Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Zoo on the same weekend in April. This was probably the best zoo I've ever been to, and one that every San Diego resident and tourist should experience. If you had to choose between San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park and this, I would choose this. While they are very different, the San Diego Zoo offers a variety of animals and provides a more diverse picture of the animal kingdom. They will be featuring a new Australian Outback in the Spring/Summer (which I didn't get to go to) that I think gives it that competitive edge against other zoos. We were here for about 6 hours, and there was a lot of walking involved. The Urban Jungle and seeing the pandas was the best part about this zoo and just made the zoo trip feel more complete. The layout is a lot more organized than most other zoos and there are a lot of animals to be seen. If you follow the number sequence of the zoo, it'll help you keep track of where to go and ensure you don't miss anything good. Take your kids (or better yet, yourself) here for an educational and fun experience with animals!Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 9
A few years ago, my husband needed to get the hell out of LA. We were visiting for a weekend, but he really dislikes it!
Apparently, he has wanted to go to this zoo since childhood, so why not make those dreams of boyhood come true?! I reserved tickets for Saturday on the phone on Friday. It was easy enough. After researching some other reviews, we decided to splurge on backstage passes. I thought there was lunch included, because of some older reviews, but it's not true! Anyway, we got to pet a serval, feed a rhino, and get up close to a bunch of other exotic animals. It was totally worth it. The picture disc that's available for purchase doesn't actually have high-quality pics on it, so if you went with a large group and took adequate pics yourself, I suggest not spending the extra 40 bucks. Overall, it was a wonderful time. We got there before the park was even officially opened, but we were allowed to enter anyway, and got to see a lot of great things without the crowd! So, get there early. We got in at 8:3o. I wonder if they'd let you in at 8...
They also didn't hassle us about our morning coffees, which we thought we'd have to toss. The pandas are a bit disappointing, but we were told they are best around feeding time, which conflicted with our backstage experience. Also, there were only 2 of them! Giant pandas!
It's no matter. It was still a really good time. Even though the red pandas were asleep and I couldn't see their cute little faces... they are most active at dusk (before which we left, b/c that place is huge and we were exhausted by 5pm!)
Wear comfortable shoes and make sure you charge your photo-taking device's battery.Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureFoodies+ 2
One of the most famous Zoos in the world, and not without reason. It's a zoo, but it's also just a fun place to spend a day. There are so many different parts, and its in the middle of a giant park. Great for kids and adults -- fun for the whole family.Recommended for:
- San Diego Zoo