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San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket

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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. Ticket must be redeemed on travel date selected. Tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to visit.
  • Admission to the San Diego Zoo
  • Marvel at the diverse collection of animals including many that are on the endangered species list
  • 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

What's Included

  • *Unlimited use of Kangaroo Bus
  • *Unlimited use of Skyfari Aerial Tram
  • *Unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour
  • *subject to availability
  • Food and drink
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Zoo Drive, Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Departure Time

3/3/2021 - 7/19/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

San Diego Zoo

A majestic wildlife park and botanical garden, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Winding paths through forests and mesas bring you close to more than 12,000 rare and endangered animals, including koalas, tigers, Galápagos tortoises, polar bears, and more. Explore Africa Rocks to discover penguins, baboons, lemurs, weaver birds, and other unique wildlife. Enjoy up-close encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting educational presentations. This wild and fun atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for families to connect with animals and plants, and learn how to become wildlife allies. As a leader in wildlife care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience. We hope to see you soon!

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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rental at the front plaza near the entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:How do I redeem my San Diego Zoo Ticket?

A:This is a direct entry ticket, no need to exchange for tickets at Will Call. Take your ticket directly to the turnstiles for admission.

Apr 2021

Q:Where is the San Diego Zoo located?

A:The San Diego Zoo is located at 2929 Zoo Drive Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Apr 2021

Q:How much is parking at the San Diego Zoo?

A:The San Diego Zoo has free parking. The parking lot in front of the Zoo is owned and operated by the City of San Diego and is used by guests, volunteers, and employees of Balboa Park.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I park an RV at the San Diego Zoo?

A:The parking lot in front of the San Diego Zoo does not have RV or bus parking spaces. We recommend guests with RVs park along Park Boulevard in front of the Zoo or at the Inspiration Point parking lot for easy access to the Zoo via the free tram.

Apr 2021

Q:Do I have to use my San Diego Zoo Ticket on the date specified on my ticket?

A:No - The travel date on your ticket is for reference only. Tickets are redeemable one year after the purchase date. Amendment/date change is not required for travel within one year of purchase.

Apr 2021

Q:What is included in my San Diego Zoo Ticket?

A:Admission, All Exhibits and Shows, Children's Zoo admission, and unlimited use of the following: Kangaroo Bus, Skyfari Aerial Tram, Guided Bus Tour, and Africa Tram.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I bring young children to the San Diego Zoo?

A:Yes - There is a discounted rate for children aged 3-11 and children 2 and under are free!

Apr 2021

Q:Is the San Diego Zoo open every day?

A:Yes! The San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park are open every day of the year, rain or shine, including ALL holidays!

Apr 2021

Q:What is the distance between the Zoo and the Safari Park?

A:The Zoo and Safari Park are approximately 35 miles apart from each other. The drive time between the two parks is about 45 minutes to one hour, depending on traffic and other factors.

Apr 2021

Q:How many different types of animals can we see at the San Diego Zoo?

A:The zoo is well known for its naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters and is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies & a botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.

Apr 2021

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The zoo, itself is quite hilly, making it difficult to walk in places.
It was a perfect time of year as it was cool and sunny.
1,167 reviews
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Amazing ginormous zoo. A very extrodinary place to see a lot of animals.
Susan_C, Jul 2022
Taking the sky tram was the best, it gave an overview of what there was to see. Make sure you plan to be there the whole day. My daughter decided that I needed an electric scooter, I have walking issues. John was very helpful in directing us where we could go and the best plan of action. There are several people throughout the park to help, dressed in red. We ate at the lagoon cafe near the front entrance and I had the best meatball sandwich ever. I have wanted to come back to this zoo for over 30 years and felt we got to see almost every single part of it. There is a lot of walking though, so plan hats and sunscreen. As with every place, bring your own water as it is a bit expensive to buy.
Huge zoo so wear comfortable shoes and grab a map!
Jennifer_O, Jun 2022
The zoo is huge so wear comfortable shoes or you will be in pain. Take the bus tour by the entrance and then go back and see all the animals on foot. After a while I got the layout which will made it easier for me as time went on. I got lost trying to find the theater show as it’s a very big zoo with lots of different forest passageways. It’s very easy to get lost so get a map. So many restaurants it’s mind blowing and hard to keep track. Beautiful gondola ride overlooking San Diego was my favorite. Wish they had pandas but overall, well thought-out zoo with a water area for the kids at the “Basecamp area” and an “Africa rocks” extension.
Great experience for everyone!!!
Janet_R, Jun 2022
The zoo and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!!! The ease of ticketing was great!! Recommend to anyone to go this route!
So much fun!
Lauren_O, Jun 2022
My husband and I had a great time at the zoo! So much to see! A tour bus was included, so we were able to see the entire zoo which was really nice. Some of the signage to get from exhibit to exhibit wasn’t very clear, but overall we would certainly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting the zoo!
A huge and well...
David_H, Jun 2022
A huge and well maintained zoo. Large and appropriately enclosures, lots of shade for visitors, lots of shops, food and restroom options
Best Zoo Ever
Michael_T, May 2022
I loved the whole experience. The best zoo I have ever visited. The combination of the zoo along with the bus tour and the chair lift was awesome.
Great Zoo
Greg_P, May 2022
As all have said, a great zoo. Friendly staff, cool animals, and well designed. Way too many strollers, and it took us an hour to figure out the map. But all was good!
Reserved ahead from San Francisco
Sarah_Y, May 2022
Easy admission, and we stayed all day & enjoyed it very much! It was easy to plan our visit ahead of time from another city.
Great time at the zoo!
Michael_D, May 2022
Learning about the zoo’s work on conservation and wild life protection was encouraging and interesting.
They have done an Amazing...
Michael_R, May 2022
They have done an Amazing job with the beauty design of the zoo! Feels like you are in rain Forrest. Fantastic all round!
Seamless Experience
Edwin_K, May 2022
Seamless experience entering the zoo and taking all the tour. Went during the off-peak period, where there were lesser crowds. Do put in sunscreen as it’s burning
SD ZOO is Amazing!
KatieElliott, Apr 2022
The animals were very active during our trip to the zoo. This is a must visit if you are planning a visit to San Diego! The Viator ticket process was seemless.
Do not use this service if you have anyone with disabilities
Veronica_S, Apr 2022
They did not want to refund me my money for 2 tickets unused because it was free for caregivers to attend the part for children/people with disabilities. Very disappointed with this company. Will not use this service again.
Great place I loved it so...
Mirvet_A, Mar 2022
Great place I loved it so much, my family and I enjoyed it and especially my kids were so happy to see the animals.
Great day at the zoo
Jacqueline_D, Mar 2022
The best zoo ever! Wonderful sights, great layout, just a fun day.I would recommend to everyone. Be prepared to spend the day
Great zoo take your own food as service is bad
Paul_R, Mar 2022
Great zoo really enjoyed it, however the service for food was really bad and we would not do that again
Mario_C, Mar 2022
Beautiful place to spend the day with family and friends . Employees are very friendly . My family lived it coming from a foreign country, had a great experience.
Disappointing Adventure.
Larry_G, Feb 2022
Not very Senior Friendly. 53 years ago they had mini trollies that took you around the zoo or you could walk, and if my memory serves me, the exhibits were all on the same level. Difficult walking down trails that took you to lower levels which you then had to walk back up. There was supposed to be mini buses that you could hope on and off at various locations. Never saw a one.
Great experience
Nestor_G, Feb 2022
Had a great time with my wife. We got to see the entire zoo throughout the day. Hassle free. Will definitely book my tickets again through Viator.
I love nature
ddbl1yahoocom, Feb 2022
Meerkat antics were great. Lions behave like my housecats. They sleep most of the day and enjoy jumping on their perch.


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