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Visiting San Diego Zoo

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Balboa Park's San Diego Zoo in California is home to over 3,700 animals across 650 species and subspecies. The parent organization of this zoo in Balboa Park, i.e. the San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world. It has in excess of half a million members, including 250,000 household memberships and more than 130,000 child memberships. San Diego Zoo was among the first few zoos to come up with an idea of free, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of just a few zoos in the world that are successful breeding a giant panda. The zoo added a Koalafornia Adventure Exhibit in 2013 and brought a few characteristic Australian animals onboard during the same period. Other new attractions include Africa Rocks opened in 2017.

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A Natural Habitat of Over 3,700 Select Animal Species

A Natural Habitat of Over 3,700 Select Animal Species

Balboa Park Miniature Train

Balboa Park Miniature Train

The Balboa Park Miniature Train is owned and operated by the San Diego Zoo. Take a ride on a train to explore all major attractions across Balboa Park within just a few minutes. The stop for the train is outside the zoo and, therefore, remember to get a hand stamp for re-entry into the zoo. The cost of the train ride is quite economical at just USD 3. Kids under 5 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Guided Bus Tour

Guided Bus Tour

For a more adventurous outcome, take the highly sought after 35-minute narrated tour on a double-decker bus to see most parts of the zoo. The Guided Bus Tour is provided by Go San Diego and also features different admission tickets and donor level memberships. Annual Pass for membership can be purchased at $13 per head. Furthermore, kids under 11 are admitted for free on the Guided Bus and Kangaroo Bus tour.

Safari Aerial Tram

Safari Aerial Tram

To pep up your excitement, take an aerial tram that will provide you a spectacular overlooking view of the zoo below with all the enchanting animals and plants. From a magnanimous height, you will be able to get the best views of the spectacular zoo, the animals, plants, and all the blistering Balboa Park. Facilities for double strollers are available while children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kangaroo Bus

Kangaroo Bus

Board a Kangaroo Bus that will let you explore four fantastic spots across the zoo. The Kangaroo Bus ride will be an incredible experience among all because it includes admission tickets to donor level membership and Guided Bus Tour. To get a ticket for Kangaroo Bus, adult Annual Pass Members have to pay $8 while children below can hop in for free.

4D Theater West

4D Theater West

Enjoy a thrilling sensation in the electrifying Happy Feet 4-D theatre that will take you on a fun-filled adventure to Antarctica. You will discover several fascinating characters there in 4D, including Mumble, a tap-dancing emperor penguin. The fun doesn't end here: moving on you will come across The Martian 4-D stars Matt Damon, a space traveler left with no way to move back from Mars. Helps him utilize his logical creativity to regroup with his peers.

San Diego Zoo Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets to the San Diego Zoo, including those for the bus ride or tram as well as annual membership tickets, can be purchased online at attractive prices, or directly from the main entrance of the zoo. Queues can be long and time - consuming and, therefore, buying tickets online makes sense.

How To Get Around?

You can walk leisurely to explore different attractions in and around the San Diego Zoo. Top tours and rides are well-guided and the pathways are well-maintained to make things easier even for first-time visitors to the zoo.

What Should I Wear?

Feel free to wear anything that makes you feel comfortable amidst prevailing weather conditions. Jeans, trousers, shorts, or skirt, are all great options while adding a few layers can come in handy during winters when there is occasion cool breeze flowing across the zoo. Sunscreen is recommended during midsummers while a small carry bag will help manage small stuff such as water, snacks and other belongings conveniently.

San Diego Zoo Facts

Best Time to Visit

Weekdays are less crowded than weekends. Most of the zoo is outdoors and, therefore, it's best to plan a visit during comfortable weather in spring or autumn, i.e. during March through May and September through November.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need to hire a guide to visit or explore the San Diego Zoo. Moving around is easy, tours are guided, and all the required information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

Spread across a massive 663 acres, San Diego International Airport is one of the busiest international airports in America. From within the US, you can reach San Diego by Uber, private cab, personal car, rental car, flights, etc. depending upon your current location. There are several affordable hotels around the airport for expedient accommodation and they can help you find a round-trip transportation to the zoo.

Additional Info?

Consider wearing light clothing while visiting the zoo in summers as most of the zoo is outdoors. Remember not to leave your kids unattended for too long. Avoid high heels as you might have to walk around a lot.

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