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San Diego Zoo

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ChildChild age: 3-11 years. Under 3 free.

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Due to COVID, San Diego Zoo is temporarily CLOSED until further notice. Check back for updates.
San Diego Zoo A vacation must... the World Famous San Diego Zoo!


  • Free Admission to the Children's Zoo
  • Facial coverings required for guests ages three and older
  • Unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus. (subject to availability)
  • Unlimited use San Diego Zoo's Aerial Tram Ride. (temporarily unavailable)
  • A 35- minute fully narrated Bus Tour. (temporarily unavailable)
Located in Balboa Park, the 100-acre San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals from more than 800 different species. Mimicking indigenous habitats, these innovative animal exhibits provide visitors with the opportunity to view these exotic creatures up close. You will also learn how conservation efforts are protecting the planet's wildlife and their natural environments.

Walkways and bridges provide convenient access to the Africa Rocks, Asia Passage, Northern Frontier, Outback and other exhibits. Animals on display include gorillas, elephants, big cats and the largest collection of koala bears outside of Australia as well as numerous smaller animals, birds and reptiles. The habitats depict a wide range of ecosystems from around the world, including the savannas, deserts, tropical rainforests and ice-covered tundra. Included in the price of admission, the Children's Zoo features 30 special exhibits and activities designed especially for younger visitors. Children will love getting to know more than 40 specially trained gentle animal ambassadors.

The Giant Panda Research Station is one of four facilities of its kind in the country. In addition to housing these critically endangered animals, the facility has one of the most successful giant panda breeding programs in the world. The Panda Canyon exhibit enables visitors to climb into the den and interact with these beloved animals, which smell like wet bamboo and bleat like lambs.

The purchase of a One Day Pass includes a 3-mile-long, 40-minute narrated bus tour as well as all day access to the zoo's express bus service that has five stops around the zoo grounds. You can travel around the zoo by open-air double-decker bus or get a bird's-eye-view of Balboa Park from the Skyfari Aerial Tram that traverses the park 170-feet in the air. Obtain an eTicket today to enjoy all the exotic and fascinating creatures on display at the world famous San Diego Zoo.
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Unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus Unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus
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San Diego Zoo

Operating Times:

Hours of operation - Open every day of the year, including all holidays:
Jan 1-Jan 3: 9:00am - 8:00pm; Jan 4- March 11: 9:00am - -5:00pm.
March 12-March 18: 9:00am - 6:00pm; March 19-Apr 3: 9:00am - 7:00pm.
April 4-June 18: 9:00am - 6:00pm; June 19-30: 9:00am- 8:00pm.
July 1 - August 20: 9:00am -9:00pm; August 21- Sept 1: 9:00am- 8:00pm.
Sept 2 - 5: 9:00am- - 9:00pm; Sept 6 - 23: 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Sept 24: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sept 25 - Nov 5: 9:00am - 6:00pm; Nov 6- Dec 8: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Dec 9 -23: 9:00am - 8:00pm; Dec 24: - 5:00pm; Dec 25 - 31: 9 :00am -8:00pm.

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Reservation Notes:

Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 6 months of the purchase date.


self guided

Booth Location:

San Diego Zoo is located in Historic Balboa Park (2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92112

Nearest Intersection:

Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.


Free Parking on Zoo Grounds

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: 3-11 yrs. of age. Children under 3 yrs are free. Free admission for active Military with ID.


COVID Safety Procedures: 50% Reduced attendance. First-come, first-served entrance process, touch-free entry. During the initial reopening days, no animal feedings, no shows and now buses or Skyfari. Facial coverings required for guests ages three and older. Indoor, confined, or interactive spaces and narrow paths closed to ensure distancing. Ground markers to keep guests at least six feet apart. No indoor dining. Grab-and-go food options. Safe protocols for transactions. Disinfect tables, chairs after each use. Limited capacity permitted in the gift stores, when open. All bathrooms open with additional portable sink units. During this initial reopening phase, guests are not permitted to exit and re-enter the park. During this phase of opening there will be limited shows, shopping, dining and transportation experiences.

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