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The Best Hotel Near San Diego Zoo

World-Famous San Diego Zoo

The delights of the animal kingdom are all on display at the most popular zoo in the country. Boasting over 3,500 animals from 650 different species, animal lovers will be in heaven. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, guests can enjoy the zoo on foot, with a guided tour shuttle, or by aerial tram. With nine Animal Zones, you can see your favorite critters including pandas, lions, monkeys, elephants, and koalas all up close and in person.

BEFORE YOU GO

Panda breeding initiative

The most famous animals in the zoo are the cute giant pandas that are famous around the world. Very few zoos have pandas on display, and San Diego has been at the forefront of making progress to increase the population. Several panda cubs have been born at the zoo making it one of the world’s best places to see these incredible animals up close.

Animal breeding and conservation efforts

Many species are quickly becoming extinct on around the planet, but thanks to the hard work of institutions like San Diego Zoo, many animals have been saved. By studying animals up close with an experienced team of experts, the zoo has managed to help California condors, giant pandas, and rare iguanas return from the brink

Are guided tours available?

There are several interactive guided experiences available where you can meet exotic animals up close, learn about wildlife conservation in depth, or even a VIP tour where you can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most popular zoo.

What are the best times to visit?

The Zoo is most busy on weekends, especially during the summer and holidays. If you can, try to get there early and visit during weekdays. Avoid delaying your experience by buying tickets online or at our front desk. Check the schedule in advance for special Zoo events like the Dr. Zoolittle Show and Camp Critters. As always, arrive well before the shows start to claim a good seat. To get a unique view of the Zoo, ride the Skyfari aerial tram or take a guided bus tour.

Hours - Hours vary by season but are usually 9 am to 5 or 8 pm

Prices - Adults $44, children (3-11) $34, prices subject to change

Events

  • Albert's Sunday Brunch
  • Kinder Nights
  • Sunrise Strolls
  • Twilight Treks
  • Nighttime Zoo (seasonal)

Activities

  • Animals & Habitats
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Tours and 4-D Theater
  • Dining & Shopping
  • Live Entertainment

Helpful Links

zoo.sandiegozoo.org