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San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket

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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. Tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to visit.
  • 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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*Unlimited use of Kangaroo Bus
*Unlimited use of Skyfari Aerial Tram
*Unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour
*subject to availability
Food and drink
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Zoo Drive , Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
3/3/2021 - 9/5/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
A majestic wildlife park and botanical garden, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Winding paths through forests and mesas bring you close to more than 12,000 rare and endangered animals, including koalas, tigers, Galápagos tortoises, polar bears, and more. Explore Africa Rocks to discover penguins, baboons, lemurs, weaver birds, and other unique wildlife. Enjoy up-close encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting educational presentations. This wild and fun atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for families to connect with animals and plants, and learn how to become wildlife allies. As a leader in wildlife care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience. We hope to see you soon!
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
Q:
Can I bring young children to the San Diego Zoo?
A:Yes - There is a discounted rate for children aged 3-11 and children 2 and under are free!
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the San Diego Zoo open every day?
A: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?
A: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
Q:
How many different types of animals can we see at the San Diego Zoo?
A: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
Q:
When is the best time to see animals in the San Diego Zoo?
A: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
Q:
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
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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?
A: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
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass 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 1-Day Pass Ticket.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket.

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  • "The zoo, itself is quite hilly, making it difficult to walk in places." See review
  • "It was a perfect time of year as it was cool and sunny." See review

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star-3
I’m not sure if there was...
Heather_T
, Aug 2022
I’m not sure if there was construction going on but a lot of the stuff was closed or you had to be detoured
star-4
First Timer
PAMELA_A
, Jul 2022
I love going and watching the younger kids all excited about seeing the animals. The tram was a great part to, to see how really big the zoo is and finding out where to go see the animals we really wanted to see.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Two Thumbs Up
Elizabeth_D
, Jul 2022
My family and I had a great time at the San Diego Zoo. The staff was friendly. Lines at the refreshment stands, bus tour and sky gondola were long but moved quickly. Prices were reasonable for food and souvenirs. San Diego Zoo is a definitely a must do again.
star-5
Fabulous
Victoria_R
, Jul 2022
Great Zoo Experience! Loved seeing the polar bears! The bus tour was a great way to get an overview of the zoo.
star-4
We enjoyed the aerial...
Vivian_O
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the aerial tram tour the most. We couldn't see most of the animals we were looking forward to seeing, maybe they were just out of sight or resting, but was overall a good experience for me and my family.
star-4
Good but ticket issue with Viator
Jatin_P
, Jul 2022
Zoo was great, albeit quite small. Not sure about Viator ticketing for recess though. The zoo didn’t recognise the tickets Viator issued but the very friendly staff sorted us out anyway. Took about 20 minutes though
star-5
A great 8 mile walk through the San Diego zoo
Carl_S
, Jul 2022
We rode the shuttle and the gondola and saw every animal at this great zoo. Wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone who visits San Diego.
star-5
Enjoy the Ssn Diego Zoo...
Eleanor_C
, Jul 2022
Enjoy the Ssn Diego Zoo very much. The double decker tour was great introduction to the zoo. My grandkids especially enjoyed the polar bear, and sun bear. So fun to learn and see.
star-5
Amazing ginormous zoo. A very extrodinary place to see a lot of animals.
Susan_C
, Jul 2022
Taking the sky tram was the best, it gave an overview of what there was to see. Make sure you plan to be there the whole day. My daughter decided that I needed an electric scooter, I have walking issues. John was very helpful in directing us where we could go and the best plan of action. There are several people throughout the park to help, dressed in red. We ate at the lagoon cafe near the front entrance and I had the best meatball sandwich ever. I have wanted to come back to this zoo for over 30 years and felt we got to see almost every single part of it. There is a lot of walking though, so plan hats and sunscreen. As with every place, bring your own water as it is a bit expensive to buy.
star-4
Huge zoo so wear comfortable shoes and grab a map!
Jennifer_O
, Jun 2022
The zoo is huge so wear comfortable shoes or you will be in pain. Take the bus tour by the entrance and then go back and see all the animals on foot. After a while I got the layout which will made it easier for me as time went on. I got lost trying to find the theater show as it’s a very big zoo with lots of different forest passageways. It’s very easy to get lost so get a map. So many restaurants it’s mind blowing and hard to keep track. Beautiful gondola ride overlooking San Diego was my favorite. Wish they had pandas but overall, well thought-out zoo with a water area for the kids at the “Basecamp area” and an “Africa rocks” extension.
star-5
Great experience for everyone!!!
Janet_R
, Jun 2022
The zoo and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!!! The ease of ticketing was great!! Recommend to anyone to go this route!
star-5
So much fun!
Lauren_O
, Jun 2022
My husband and I had a great time at the zoo! So much to see! A tour bus was included, so we were able to see the entire zoo which was really nice. Some of the signage to get from exhibit to exhibit wasn’t very clear, but overall we would certainly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting the zoo!
star-5
A huge and well...
David_H
, Jun 2022
A huge and well maintained zoo. Large and appropriately enclosures, lots of shade for visitors, lots of shops, food and restroom options
star-5
Best Zoo Ever
Michael_T
, May 2022
I loved the whole experience. The best zoo I have ever visited. The combination of the zoo along with the bus tour and the chair lift was awesome.
star-4
Great Zoo
Greg_P
, May 2022
As all have said, a great zoo. Friendly staff, cool animals, and well designed. Way too many strollers, and it took us an hour to figure out the map. But all was good!
star-5
Reserved ahead from San Francisco
Sarah_Y
, May 2022
Easy admission, and we stayed all day & enjoyed it very much! It was easy to plan our visit ahead of time from another city.
star-5
Great time at the zoo!
Michael_D
, May 2022
Learning about the zoo’s work on conservation and wild life protection was encouraging and interesting.
star-5
They have done an Amazing...
Michael_R
, May 2022
They have done an Amazing job with the beauty design of the zoo! Feels like you are in rain Forrest. Fantastic all round!
star-5
Seamless Experience
Edwin_K
, May 2022
Seamless experience entering the zoo and taking all the tour. Went during the off-peak period, where there were lesser crowds. Do put in sunscreen as it’s burning
star-5
SD ZOO is Amazing!
KatieElliott
, Apr 2022
The animals were very active during our trip to the zoo. This is a must visit if you are planning a visit to San Diego! The Viator ticket process was seemless.

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