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Meet some of the world's most exotic animals with your admission ticket to the renowned San Diego Zoo, one of California's top family-friendly attractions. More than 4,000 animals representing 800 species live in this state-of-the-art zoo, including some that are rarely seen at other zoos. Admire the animals and go in-depth during daily keeper talks and guided bus tours.

Highlights

  • Admission to the San Diego Zoo
  • Marvel at the diverse collection of animals including many that are on the endangered species list
  • See some of the zoo's 4,000 animal residents, including koalas, giraffes and great apes
  • Enjoy the popular giant panda exhibits
  • Take a complimentary guided bus tour for a comprehensive introduction to the zoo
  • This is a direct entry ticket, no need to exchange for tickets at Will Call

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What You Can Expect

San Diego Zoo

Parma Wallaby at San Diego Zoo

After making your own way to the San Diego Zoo on the day of your choice, you can head into the zoo's visitor center to pick up a map and plan your route through this acclaimed zoo. The animals live in spacious and beautifully designed enclosures that replicate their natural habitats. The koala and giant panda exhibits are always popular, as are the orangutans and siamangs that climb around in lush forest settings.

Other highlights include the Tiger River exhibit, which features a realistic Asian rainforest environment, and the Gorilla Tropics, which recreates a lush African rainforest. Zoo keeper talks take place at regular intervals every day, with the experts introducing animals such as giraffes, elephants, wolves, lions or jaguars, and more. In the animal nursery, you might get to see some of the zoo’s newest arrivals.

Kids enjoy petting small tame critters in the Petting Paddock and four different play zones provide a safe and entertaining spot to climb and explore.

As you make your way through the zoo, note the extensive gardens — some of the plants growing there supply ingredients for the specialized diets of particular zoo residents.

Some of the activities available at San Diego Zoo include:

  • Kangaroo Bus: Hop on and off at four stops throughout the Zoo, the perfect way to cover longer distances within the zoo. Buses come around approximately every 15 minutes. (included)
  • Guided Bus Tour: Hop aboard the double-decker bus for a 35-minute tour that covers a large percentage of the sprawling zoo. It's a great way to get an overview of all that you can do, then you decide where to go from there. (included)
  • Skyfari Aerial Tram: Ride in an enclosed tram that takes you over the trees to the other end of the zoo. Enjoy spectacular views of the animals and gardens, and surrounding Balboa Park. (own expense)
  • 4-D Theater: Popular kids movies show in 4-D. Not only can you see and hear the movie, but the action surrounds you with effects that stimulate the sense of touch and smell. (own expense)
  • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad: Kids can take a three-minute ride around a portion of Balboa Park. (own expense)

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Customer Reviews

Ronald L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Outstanding in every way. Highly recommended for all who visit San Diego.

csilla1111

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

the most amazing Zoo...lovely :

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Zoo was fabulous

elias c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

everything ok

glab_nouvelle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

One of the best zoo in North America.

Pearl S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is the nicest zoo I have ever been too. I felt like I was in a disney park.

Heather L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Nice zoo - booking on Viatour allowed me to use a discount and save some money, which was nice because the tickets are expensive. Leave plenty of time to explore!

b.latouche

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

very nice tour

Jim H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If you like animals this is the place to go. We spent about 5 hours there and only really scratched the surface. I would recommend that you take the bus around the Zoo first so you can see where you want to go. The Pandas are a must see so are the big cats. All sorts of things for kids to do as well in the childrens zoo.

Erica L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Not really a tour but we were able to get right into zoo which was really good!

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