San Diego Zoo
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- 77%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 69%Adventure Travelers
- 61%Local Culture
- 55%Budget Travelers
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- San Diego ZooMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
+ 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.Recommended for:
- San Diego Zoo
I have vague memories of coming to the zoo with my family, now visiting again it just isn't as "exciting". Perhaps after real live interaction with a lion in Ensenada and riding elephants in Thailand looking at them from a far is just isn't enough.
I do love that SD zoo is a non profit and provides free parking. They have a couple of new attractions that you also have to pay extra for, such as the Skyfari ( a sky gondola that lifts you from the bottom of the mountain to the top) and a Bus Tour where pretty much is a double decker bus tour ride. It takes you around the whole park for about 20 minutes and you get a bit of interesting facts but your looking at everything from a far.
We took the bus tour but also did a lot of walking around the park. Theres a specific Panda line, I can't quite understand why there is even a line for this but there it is..
I think my favorite of all the animals was def the orangoutangs, they were def a lot more animated.Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureFoodies+ 2
I got spoiled growing up with the San Diego Zoo as my zoo. It makes every other zoo look lame.
Be forewarned that it is set on some pretty hilly terrain so make sure you have your good walking shoes on. But you can't beat the diversity of species and the quality of the enclosures.Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofGreen TravelersLocal 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 ofGreen TravelersLocal 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 ofGreen TravelersLocal 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 ZooAmbassadorMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 13
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:
- San Diego ZooMember ofGreen TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers
The city of San Diego had me at its Zoo! I love both the Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Here at the Zoo, you can see wallabys, koala bears, panda bears, older elephants (they have an elephant treatment center that can care for older elephants from their hooves to their dental care), a variety of birds, giraffes, orangatangs and more.
- San Diego ZooMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7
Here be tazmanian devils! I'm not a huge fan of zoos, but I believe this one doubles as a state of the art zoological research center and the facilities for the animals are excellent.
- San Diego ZooMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2
Not only is this a great zoo with impressive and cute creatures, they also offer a full calendar of fascinating and educations special events like Twilight Treks and Sunrise Strolls. I went on a nighttime tour which was fun, but would have been way more fun if I'd brought a flashlight so I could peer into the corners of the cages.Recommended for:
- San Diego ZooMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 4
So happy zoos have upgraded themselves in the past few decades. While it's not the San Diego Wild Animal Park (the ultimate example of how to keep wild animals), it is still an excellent zoo. Plus, it's more hands-on and better for smaller children than the wild animal park.Recommended for: