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San Diego Zoo tickets

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

From cuddly critters to creepy crawlies, the world-famous San Diego Zoo has them all. Located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the Zoo offers 100 acres of exhibits and habitat for visitors to explore, more than 3,700 animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. Our ticket includes use of the Guided Bus Tour, the Kangaroo Express Bus, the Children’s Zoo, the Skyfari aerial tram, and all general admission exhibits and shows.

Whether they’re furry or feathery, massive or miniature, sleek or slithery, camouflaged or colorful, when it comes to animals, the San Diego Zoo has just about everyone’s favorites. The Zoo’s amazing collection includes giant pandas, elephants, South African penguins, Galápagos tortoises, anacondas, Tasmanian devils, koalas, giraffes, gorillas, crocodiles, and polar bears—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You’ll find much to see and do here, and there are acres of rolling, scenic exhibit areas to explore. The San Diego Zoo is not only one of the world’s largest zoos, but it was recently voted “#1 Zoo in the World” by TripAdvisor.

Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016, the San Diego Zoo has a long history as a leader in animal care and conservation. The San Diego Zoo pioneered cageless exhibits way back in the 1920s, providing a more naturalistic way to see animals—and the Zoo’s advances in animal care, veterinary medicine, work with endangered species, and efforts to end extinction worldwide are legendary.

Throughout 2016, guests can participate in many special events, activities and attractions celebrating the San Diego Zoo’s centennial—including a brand-new multimedia animal show at Wegeforth Bowl, a new children’s show with costume characters, special displays on Centennial Plaza, and a new film experience at the Bus Tour queue. Summer Nighttime Zoo activities will include live music, a centennial-themed show from the Zoo’s zany Dr. Zoolittle, and a fun musical procession highlighting some of the most beloved animals in the Zoo’s history.

A trip to San Diego would not be complete without a visit to this world-famous zoo, so get ready for a walk on the wild side! You’ll see the beauty of the Animal Kingdom in the San Diego Zoo’s many naturalistic habitats, and you’ll meet friendly staff who are dedicated to the animals’ care and well-being. Don’t miss this San Diego classic!

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

Getting In

For all passes and cards with a QR code on them proceed directly to the turnstile for park entry. If you have a physical Go San Diego Card in hand with a smart chip on it please proceed to the Guest Services window to get your ticket. ID will be required when using pass at San Diego Zoo. Last name of purchaser must match name on ID.

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am-close; closing times may vary.
Check the San Diego Zoo site for hours of operation.

Closings

Open 365 days per year.
Closing times vary based on season.

Note

Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. After activation your pass must be used on consecutive calendar days.

San Diego Zoo Parking is Free!
Hand stamp and ticket required for re-entry. No refunds or exchanges. Excludes special ticketed events & attractions.

Address

2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

From the North (Southbound): From I-5 (Los Angeles and Orange County), take the Pershing Drive exit and follow the signs. From Interstate 15 (Escondido and Riverside), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place. From the South (Northbound): From Interstate 5 (Mexico), take the State Road 163 north exit, then the Zoo/Museums (Richmond Street) exit and follow the signs.

Public Transportation

By Bus: Take #7 bus to Zoo Place.
 

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[ 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful ]

Awesome
By Paola from Colorado Springs co on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

You do not need to go to the ticket booth. Just walk straight to the turnstiles. It took us a day and a half with a 9 and 7 year old. It's huge! Overall, awesome experience!!

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[ 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful ]

Life event.
By Dzzzzzie from Volant, PA on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Personalized Itinerary, User-friendly system, Must-see attractions included, Helpful guide booklet
Best Uses:
Culture enthusiasts, Active travelers, Great for families, General Sightseeing
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

Our day their was wonderful, my husband and I would go again. There is some walking and stairs, but you can do it on your own time. I suggest taking a bus tour the staff is great. We had Evening plans, but I could of stayed much longer.

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[ 4 of 6 customers found this review helpful ]

Worth the visit
By Mountain Mama from Williamstown, MA on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Must-see attractions included
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing , Culture enthusiasts, Active travelers, Short Stays, Budget Travelers, Great for families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

Be sure to catch some of the shows. Both of the ones we saw were well worth the time. The bus tour (included) was very entertaining and a good overview of the zoo. Don't miss the pandas, orangutans, and cheetah with the dog.

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[ 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful ]

Best zoo ever!!
By AnimalFriendly Verified Reviewer from Texas on
Pros:
Skip the lines Benefit, Flexible Schedule
Best Uses:
Great for families, Active travelers, Budget Travelers
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

This zoo was everything I had heard it was and more. Loved it! Definitely take the bus tour first to get an idea where you want to go.

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[ 3 of 4 customers found this review helpful ]

The best
By Irene from san diego ca on

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

San Diego Zoo is the BEST zoo of the WORLD!!!

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[ 6 of 6 customers found this review helpful ]

Doesn't get any better
By Dawn D. from San Diego on
Pros:
Big, Good exercise, clean
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

I have been a member of the San Diego Zoo since I moved here in 2002. No other zoo I have been to can even compare to this zoo. There are a lot of animals to see and it is always clean. In the 29 years I lived in MD, I never once considered a membership at their very small zoo. I can't live without a membership here in San Diego! Bonus = We also get to go to the Wild Animal Park with our membership...it's included. I highly recommend everyone to come visit our zoo. You won't be disappointed! Make sure you wear some good walking shoes....There will be a lot of walking involved.

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[ 8 of 9 customers found this review helpful ]

Worth a full-day of any vacation
By Jfehr209 Verified Reviewer from Calgary, Alberta Canada on
Pros:
Getting There Early, Open Air Bus Tour
Cons:
Deep Fried Food Choices, Panda Enclosure
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

We bought the passes on line and were directed not to print but printing was required at a couple venues. It was a great value. It also offered site-seeing options we hadn't previously considered - that was fantastic.

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[ 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful ]

San Diego Zoo is Fantastic
By g from NJ on
Pros:
Great time
Cons:
everything was great
Best Uses:
Families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

We had a really great time at the zoo. I would recommend the zoo to anyone that goes to San Diego and the Go Card too. We didn't have to worry about paying to get into each park or museum we wanted to visit.

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[ 6 of 6 customers found this review helpful ]

The San Diego Zoo is a exciting place(:
By Kristina from San Diego, CA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

love the San Diego Zoo its a must see place with extrodinary creatures.My family and it enjoyed it alot.

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[ 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful ]

if i was a tiger, i'd say it was grreat!
By bubba jay from london, england on
Pros:
Huge, clean, BEAUTIFUL
Cons:
none
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Zoo:

Wow! What a fantastic and well-organised place to see lots of animals! It was so clean and we had a wonderful day. I had heard it was the best zoo to visit, and i heard right!

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