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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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.
  • 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
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Access to Children's Zoo
Unlimited use of Kangaroo Bus
Unlimited use of Skyfari Aerial Tram
Unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour
Food and drink
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Departure Time

3/3/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
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San Diego Zoo
Come meet the newest addition to the panda family, and the fifth baby panda born at the San Diego Zoo! This is truly one of the most unique and most beloved species on the planet - and very few are ever seen outside their native habitat in northern China. The San Diego Zoo is highlighting California animals from the ancient past, present and future in The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey, the newest and most unique exhibit to date! At the Elephant Odyssey, step into the fossil dig site and explore prehistoric fossil evidence, and visit the habitats of current wildlife species including elephants, a pair of lions and a jaguar! Learn about extinction causes of the mammoth and saber-toothed tiger and stop by the Pleistocene playground to find out about conservation projects at work. Activities available at San Diego Zoo include (additional costs may apply): • Guided Bus Tour: A 35-minute tour by double-decker bus covering 75 percent of the San Diego Zoo. Your ticket also includes use of the Express Bus which allows you to hop on and off at 3 different stops throughout the Zoo. (included) • Skyfari Aerial Tram: Take an airborne shortcut over the treetops to the other end of the Zoo and enjoy spectacular views of the Zoo, its animal and plant collection, and surrounding Balboa Park. (included) • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad: pulls out of the station for 3-minute rides around a portion of Balboa Park. (approx. $1.75) • 4-D Theater: If you haven’t experienced 4-D, it’s a film that you can see and hear but also feel, smell, and sense. Wind in your face, snow on your head, a pat on the back—it’s like you’re there, part of the action! This new attraction is located near the western terminal of Skyfari. Guests can purchase tickets at the entrance or at the theater ticket booth. (approx. $6) Make sure to visit the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit which showcases some of the wonders from the Land Down Under. Venture through a eucalyptus grove and discover species from wombats to wallabies and kookaburras to cockatoos. The Australian Outback exhibit culminates at a Queenslander house-style care center that overlooks a forest for the Zoo's Queensland koala colony - the largest koala colony outside of Australia. Don't miss your chance to see the adorable new Panda cub Xiao Liwu ("Little Gift"). He is on display (weather permitting) from 9am to noon daily. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, 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
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY Zoological Society of San Diego

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Zoo Ticket?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo Ticket.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Zoo Ticket?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo Ticket.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Zoo Ticket?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo Ticket.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Zoo Ticket?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo Ticket.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Zoo Ticket?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo Ticket.
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
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Can I bring young children to the San Diego Zoo?
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Yes - There is a discounted rate for children aged 3-11 and children 2 and under are free!
Apr 2021
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Is the San Diego Zoo open every day?
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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?
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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
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How many different types of animals can we see at the San Diego Zoo?
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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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When is the best time to see animals in the San Diego Zoo?
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There really isn't any special time that more animals are in view, although many of our animals are early risers and may be a bit more active in the morning.
Apr 2021
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How big is the San Diego Zoo?
A:
The Zoo is 100 acres in size. It is well known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the Skyfari Aerial Tram at the San Diego Zoo?
A:
The Skyfari Tram is an airborne shortcut over the treetops to the other end of the Zoo where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Zoo and surrounding Balboa Park. Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on the Aerial Tram.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is included in the Botanical Tour at the San Diego Zoo?
A:
There are several self-guided tours of the San Diego Zoo's spectacular gardens and plant collections that you may take any time you choose with our Botanical Tour brochures.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there food options at the San Diego Zoo?
A:
Yes - If you feel like a full-service restaurant, you will want to visit Albert's Restaurant. We also have several casual dining venues and quick bites located throughout the park.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own food into the San Diego Zoo?
A:
Guests are welcome to bring their own food in small containers, into our parks. No coolers, glass containers, alcohol, party trays, birthday cakes, or decorations are allowed on the grounds and no facilities are available for food storage.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the San Diego Zoo handicap accessible?
A:
The Zoo provides special parking, restrooms, and access to shows, tour buses, and exhibits for guests with disabilities. Please note there are steep grades in parts of the Zoo. A complimentary ADA shuttle service operates inside the Zoo.
Apr 2021
Q:
Does the San Diego Zoo offer wheelchair rentals?
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Yes! Both the Zoo and the Safari Park have manual wheelchairs and electric scooters available to rent for a nominal fee. Guests must provide a valid driver's license or San Diego Zoo Global membership card.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I store luggage at the San Diego Zoo for the day?
A:
The San Diego Zoo is currently unable to store luggage.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet to the San Diego Zoo?
A:
Pets, comfort animals, and emotional support animals are not permitted at the Zoo or Safari Park. Because we house significant populations of rare and endangered species, both the Zoo and the Safari Park are considered to be quarantined facilities.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens if it rains on the day of my visit to the San Diego Zoo?
A:
Our facilities are open every day of the year, including ALL holidays, rain or shine! Depending on the extent of rain, some animals may choose to go into their off-exhibit bedroom areas, although many animals seem unaffected by rain.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I smoke at the San Diego Zoo?
A:
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere on Zoo or Safari Park grounds or parking lots. Guests who wish to smoke should have their hands stamped for same-day re-entry when leaving our grounds to smoke. Please keep your ticket!
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I visit both the Zoo and the Safari Park in the same day?
A:
It's possible, but we don't recommend it. The Zoo and Safari Park are approximately 30 miles apart. For visitors with limited time, we recommend a minimum of 3-4 hours to see the Zoo and a minimum of 4-6 hours for the Safari Park.
Apr 2021

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Memorable trip
Bryan_C
, May 2021
This was a Birthday trip & I love Animals, getting to be near them & seeing in a much better way how Animals act was what i will remember the most !
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Very good
Jamie_J
, May 2021
I thank God everything's is come back open .it was are frist time going to the zoo .we had a very good time
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Good Experience
Tracey_W
, May 2021
Good experience. Got my tickets immediately. No issues with Zoo entry. Information provided good. Enjoyed our outing.
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Family trip
Milton_C
, May 2021
Spending time with all of my kids and grandkids. The zoo was a perfect bonding place for the family since the pandemic
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Loved it
esmeralda_m
, Apr 2021
great place to see exotic animals my family loved it but make sure to use comfortable shoes theirs a lot of walking
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Beautiful!!
Brenda_G
, Apr 2021
The beautiful exotic plants! Love the environment! Gods creation (animals) Loved it! Will be back soon again! The service was amazing..
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Lackluster at best
Missey_M
, Apr 2021
Very few restaurants open. Ended up at the safari park and wanted the zoo. Will not use Viator again. Too cumbersome
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Very clean
Alex_L
, Apr 2021
It was great seeing the cheetahs , tiger , polar bear overall great experience the kids had a great time will definitely be visiting soon
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Amazing
luis_s
, Apr 2021
It was an amazing experience with my kids and gf first time going and we wanna come back. My little ones too the hippos and lions
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No good at all
Rafael_T
, Apr 2021
They dont care about customers never being in the situation before they translate to people that they can help me either so i will never buy anything from they.
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