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San Diego, United States
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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. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.
  • 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
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)With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.

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Loved it, can't wait to go back
Stuart N
, Oct 2019
Loved the zoo. Can't wait to go back one day. The zoo is so clean. Wear good walking shoes. You have to walk alot and get your steps. But worth ever minute. Wish we had more time to go back.
, Oct 2019
Couldn't ask for a better place to visit. So clean and knowledgeable people to help. One of the best ice cream cones.Hope to come back soon.
, Sep 2019
When we arrived car parking was very easy. We went straight in and given information as to what our ticket enabled us to see. We were able to use the cable car and buses around the zoo which was great as it is big. All very good and excellent information given by the staff.
Most popular destination in San Diego
Ranjit C
, Jul 2019
Must visit zoo if you are in San Diego. Best attraction for any tourist. Especially if you are with family. Very organized, amazing service, very friendly staff. You can see almost all the animals that you can think of.
, Jun 2019
Amazing range of animals spent the whole day here. Double decker buses with guides to give you great knowledge of the zoo and animals and you even get an ariel give using skyfari ariel carts. Best zoo I've been to would highly recommend
Wonderful Zoo
, May 2019
What a beautiful zoo. The grounds are gorgeous and the place is fairly compact allowing you to see many exhibits. We loved the bus ride through the grounds for an overall look at all the areas. Well worth a visit.
, May 2019
A lot of animals, recommend the bus tour - throughly enjoyed. People were very knowledgeable and available to ask questions- would definitely return.
Many displays you won't find in other...
Orville A
, Jan 2018
Many displays you won't find in other zoos. Very clean
Fantastic place to visit and the night...
, Dec 2017
Fantastic place to visit and the night sessions are even better
Great! Hop on /Hop off bus makes...
Maureen B
, Nov 2017
Great! Hop on /Hop off bus makes the zoo accessible without a lot of walking. Don't miss the tram ride. We appreciated that it was included in our purchase price.....and not an extra 16.00 per person. The zoo seemed to exist for the well-being of the animals, rather the convenience of the zoo visitors. Can't argue with that!

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