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San Diego Zoo tickets

Gate Prices Adult $58.00
Child (3-12) $48.00

Ranked the #1 zoo in the world by TripAdvisor!

Brief summary:

Visit over 4,000 rare and endangered animals and over 650 unique species and subspecies from all over the world at one of San Diego’s most popular attractions, the San Diego Zoo – 100 acres of animal-themed exhibits and habitats right in Balboa Park.

You’ll get to get up close to thousands of animals, watch entertaining and educational animal shows, learn about zoo keeping and wildlife conservation efforts, and more at this action-filled park.

Animals you’ll see:

The zoo is home to thousands of animals, including giraffes, koalas, polar bears, elephants, gorillas, rhinoceros, Galápagos tortoises, anacondas, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, and lots more. The zoo features a massive aviary, right in the middle of the park, so you can walk among free-flying birds from California and way beyond.

Your San Diego Zoo ticket includes:
  • Guided Bus Tour
  • Kangaroo Express Bus
  • A ride on the Skyfari® aerial tram
  • All general admission exhibits and shows

Insider tip: start your visit to the Zoo with a ride on the Guided Bus Tour for an overview of the zoo’s layout and top exhibits, then use the Kangaroo Express Bus to get around to different areas in the park you want to visit and be sure to plan your day around any animal shows or keeper talks you want to see.

Fun fact: the San Diego Zoo qualifies as an official botanic garden; be sure to take note of its collection of over 700,000 exotic plants.

Exhibit highlights at the San Diego Zoo:
  • Africa Rocks: the zoo’s newest exhibit, Africa Rocks consists of 6 new habitats dedicated to African plant and animal life, like African penguins, baboon, lemurs, and more.
  • Guided Bus Tour: the best way to get a full overview of the zoo and see lots of animals in a short amount of time.
  • Northern Frontier: see animals from the Norther Frontier like caribou, snow white fox, and the playful polar bears from a platform that provides views of the polar bears both above and below the surface of the water.
  • Elephant Odyssey: learn how the zoo cares for their massive residents and watch them roam in their large landscapes close to other California-native animals, like large birds, lions, meerkats, and more.
  • Lost Forest: see animals like tigers, monkeys, gorillas, and more, including the zoo’s famous resident hippos, and take a stroll through the Scripps Aviary and Owens Aviary where you’ll be surrounded by tropical birds soaring overhead and singing.
  • Discovery Outpost: this fenced-in exhibit lets kids and adults pet some of the animals like wooly sheep and friendly pygmy goats.

You’ll find much to see and do here, and there are acres of rolling, scenic exhibit areas to explore.

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 is 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

Skip the main ticket line! Head straight to the turnstiles for park entry. Your San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass ticket includes unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari aerial tram, and all regularly scheduled shows. ID will be required when using the pass at San Diego Zoo. Last name of purchaser must match name on ID.

Please note: you must enter the park before 5:30PM. Once inside, you can stay until closing.


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


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


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


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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