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San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets

Gate Prices Adult $50.00
Child (3-12) $40.00

There’s no need to go all the way to Africa to experience an incredible wildlife safari—the San Diego Zoo Safari Park lets you take in all the splendors of the savanna, just 35 miles north of downtown San Diego!

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers 1,800 sprawling acres of scenic habitat, where you can closely view lions, tigers, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, gorillas, antelope and many more iconic species in a naturalistic setting. The Park is home to more than 2,600 animals, representing more than 300 species.

At the 33,000-square-foot Lion Camp, guests get a rare opportunity for a face-to-face encounter with lions. And the Tull Family Tiger Trail experience puts visitors right into the world of colorful Sumatran tigers, providing a closer view of this remarkable species than was ever before possible to enjoy.

Choose from one of many available safari adventures, or step aboard the Africa Tram Safari for a trip around the park. Board one of the Park’s trams, and you’ll hit the trails to experience—up close—many different animal species in a variety of habitats. Your guide will let you in on fascinating details of their lives, describing their unique behaviors, and the survival challenges they face in today’s world.

You will cruise the park’s large field exhibits and gaze upon herds of curious giraffes, Cape buffalo, ostriches, rhinos, gazelles, and antelope, as they strut across their grasslands habitat. From the comfort of your breezy, open-air tram, you can watch as herds of antelopes prance alongside the vehicle, just as curious about you as you are about them.

Upon returning to “base camp,” finish off your day meandering through the rest of the Park’s stunning habitats and paying a visit to the other mammals, reptiles and birds that call the world-famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park home! You will go home with a new appreciation for the beauty of the African savanna, and for the many wonders of the world’s diverse wildlife.

The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

For all passes and cards with a QR code (a black and white checkered square), proceed directly to the turnstile for park entry. For all cards with a smart chip (a small gold area on the card), please proceed to the Will Call window to get your ticket.

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Hours vary seasonally; please contact attraction for current hours of operation.

Closings

Open 365 days a year.

Note

Offer not valid for parking, special ticketed events, or rides. Not responsible for lost or stolen cards/tickets. Hand stamp and ticket required for re-entry.

Address

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Driving Directions

From the North (Southbound): From I-5 (Orange County, Los Angeles), take the State Route 78 East and exit at Oceanside. Proceed East to I-15 South and exit at Via Rancho Parkway. Follow the signs to the Park. From I-15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway and follow the signs east to the Park. From the South (Northbound): From State Route 163 (downtown San Diego, Mission Valley), proceed to I-15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit.Go east and follow signs to the Park. From I-5 or 805 (Mexico), proceed to State Route 163, then to I-15 North. Exit at the Via Rancho Parkway and follow signs east.
 

Reviews for San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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 3.7 out of 5 stars (based on 3 customer ratings)
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[7 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

Mixed response
By HarryT Verified Reviewer from Camas,wa on
Cons:
Pricey product Few attractions included
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo Safari Park:

I have had a mixed experience, I like the outdoor setting of the Safari some of the view is great, but some of the best safari rides are too pricey and not included, I liked the performances and shows bird show, and chinese acrobats, and Xiaolin monks,

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[31 of 31 customers found this review helpful]

Don't believe the hype!
By Worn out Mom Verified Reviewer from Puyallup, WA on
Cons:
Few attractions included Skip the lines not available Pricey product
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo Safari Park:

The best way to see it would be to arrive at 3 when the park is emptying out, otherwise the lines are RIDICULOUS! We are talking an hour to enter, two hours to do a tram or two hours to see the butterflies! But of course for a fee you can skip those lines. It is a bunch of shopping areas with the occasional viewing area for an animal. It COSTS WAY MORE THAN A ZOO, but isn't any better than one, and all the cool stuff costs extra. And not just a few dollars more but more than the cost of entry for each thing. (like the zip line, the hot air ballon ride, or any of the safari tour rides). And it is huge! 9 times bigger than San Diego Zoo but with not much more to see. Just a lot of walking. The tram ride that is included takes a 35 min walk to get to, and then you have to wait in line, for two hours.

Smart Destinations Response: We're sorry to hear that you did not love your time at the Safari Park.. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We value our customers’ opinions and have shared your experience with our team. If you’d like to send us an email with your order number, we’d be happy to look into it and make any applicable changes.
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[47 of 57 customers found this review helpful]

the best smallest theme park in Socal!!
By Jan Verified Reviewer from Paris, France on
Pros:
Natural Setting, Beautiful scenery, Great animal interactions, Love It, Big but feels quaint
Cons:
Can be HOT out there,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo Safari Park:

LOVE this park! It's so interesting and beautiful. There are so many natural animal interactions and you don't get the feeling that the animals are caged up. Having been to many zoos and also safari in South Africa, I can say this is the closet thing to the real deal ... Also I love that it's not as crowded as traditional theme parks, great prices, and fun for all ages.

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