San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.
The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.
If you don't have more than one day I recommend the bus tour first and then exploring the areas of the zoo that pique your interest most. The gorilla and orangutan exhibits are beautiful with lots of glass to see the animals in their enclosure. It has lots of shade around the park but I recommend a hat! We enjoyed the polar bear exhibit, it has a large glass that shows the underwater areas so watching the polar bear swim was very cool and the penguin/shark tank has an amazing waterfall above it. Great zoo for adults and children. Also, they serve alcohol at several locations ;)
Made the 3 hour drive to the San Diego Zoo and it was well worth it. Friendly, helpful staff everywhere you go. It's an incredible accomplishment to hire that many people that truly care about what they do. Facilities were sparkling, probably only saw one random napkin that a child dropped. Animals were fantastic, with private and public tour guides everywhere to drop tidbits of information on the specific animal in the display, as well as facts of the species as a whole. 10/10, would recommend, will be back.
The best part of our vacation, was visiting this zoo. We loved so much from the friendly staff to the selection of animals they had. No wonder why the zoo is #1 in America. Well worth the trip from Texas. We loved how easy the zoo was to navigate through with the handy maps they provide. Wear comfy shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking up hills/stairs.
One of the best zoos I've been to my whole life! It's a good exercise to walk around since half the zoo is on an incline. Around the park if you purchase a water bottle they refill it with cold water for you which is very kind of them so you don't keep spending $$ on a water. They have great exhibits and friendly staff. Military friendly (free entrance for Active Duty). It's a huge zoo so my husband and I didn't get to finish it off, but we'll be back soon!
I have the year pass since I live so close by. This place is great for early morning walks (get there a little before they open). The animals here are very well cared for, and the keepers and staff and very friendly, and knowledgeable. Some or the Galapagos tortoises here are over 100 years old! It's amazing how much you can learn in just one visit. In the summer and winter they have extended hours.