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Review of San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
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Ranked #4 of 463 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and see what the elephants are up to. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or the scenic view from the Skyfari aerial tram, and dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert's Restaurant. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper chats. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This zoo is amazing the welfare of the animals is obviously top priority. They all looked so content. The design of the zoo makes you feel like you are in a tree canopy. This has to be the best zoo in the world. I’d like to mention the lady in the coffee shop by the entrance for her interesting fact “ meerkats don’t drink water they get all they need from their diets!”

Thank LauraJPF
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Lots of kids running around, but lots of happy kids being able to see things that they would never be able to see before. What a beautiful zoo, clean, friendly staff, worth every penny!

Thank gengolden
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

went therewith my wife, drove from Chula Vista and it was a great l time until my allergies acted up in the afternoon and we have to leave.

Thank bsbtfdn
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The San Diego Zoo is ranked tops in the US for a reason. However, we greatly preferred the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to the main zoo property. When we visited the main zoo, half of the animals were hiding and not viewable in their enclosures. If you are going to the Zoo definitely 1) arrive at open, 2) go straight to the guided bus tour line, 3) after the bus tour go see the pandas and 4) use the Open Table app to make lunch reservations at Albert’s.

Now, if you plan to see both parks during a visit to San Diego, definitely hit the main zoo first. We did the reverse and were kind of disappointed in the main Zoo. Consensus with my family (including 13 and 7 year old children) was the Safari Park was hands down the best. So if you have to choose between the two parks definitely pick that one.

4  Thank bluzee
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We absolutely loved our visit to the San Diego Zoo. The diversity of animals, the layout of the exhibits, the included bus tour, and the included Skyfari really make this zoo stand out. We arrived at the zoo around 9 AM, when the zoo opened, and didn't leave until 6PM, but I'm pretty confident that we actually saw all the animals!

Some tips:
1. We purchased our tickets online through aRes travel, which saved us some money ($47 instead of $54) and allowed us to immediately walk in upon arrival.
2. Go see the pandas first! The exhibit actually didn't open until 9:45AM, so we did have to wait a bit, but we found the line to be very long later in the day.
3. Definitely take the included Skyfari and bus tour. The lines move quickly, and both are really unique experiences. We actually went on the Skyfari twice because we loved it so much.

3  Thank Sooji K
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