San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101- Map It
(619) 231-1515
Save 10% on the 1-Day pass (up to 6 tickets).

AAA Editor Notes

San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Park at 2920 Zoo Dr. More than 3,700 animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies live in enclosures closely simulating their natural environments. One of the largest zoos in the world, it exhibits some of the Earth's rarest creatures. Conrad Prebys Australian Outback features Tasmanian devils, wallabies, kookaburras and cockatoos. You'll get a glimpse at the animal food prep area at Queenslander House, where outdoor decks provide eye-level views of tree-hugging koalas. Elephant Odyssey, a 7.5-acre habitat, features elephants, jaguars and California condors next to life-size replicas of extinct relatives that roamed the area during the Pleistocene. One of the zoo's most popular exhibit areas, Panda Trek highlights the lumbering black-and-white bears while also working to preserve the endangered species. Asian Leopard Exhibit houses Amur and snow leopards, and the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback features Tasmanian devils and wallabies among other species from the Land Down Under. In 2017 the 8-acre Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks will open, providing new habitats for African animals and plants. Moving sidewalks stretch from deep canyons to the zoo's upper levels. An aerial tramway provides a shortcut from the main entrance to the Northern Frontier, home to Polar Bear Plunge, a re-creation of a summer tundra habitat complete with a pool with an underwater viewing area. Nearby is the theater for “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs—The 4-D Experience.” Other features of the zoo include narrated bus tours, walk-through aviaries, an impressive assemblage of primates and a large reptile collection. The park is landscaped with more than 700,000 plants representing 6,500 plant species, including tropical and subtropical vegetation. Summer evening entertainment is provided by musicians, magicians, storytellers and acrobats during Nighttime Zoo, held from late June to early September. Note: San Diego Zoo Safari Park and its additional wildlife can be found 35 miles northeast of the zoo. Stroller and wheelchair rentals and picnic facilities are available in the Balboa Park location. Under 16 must be with an adult. Pets are not permitted and kennel facilities are not available. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
One-day pass (includes unlimited bus tour, express bus rides and aerial tram) $50; $40 (ages 3-11). Two-visit pass $90; $70 (ages 3-11). Combination 7-day ticket with San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego $165; $135 (ages 3-9). The 7-day Explorer Pass with participating Balboa Park attractions and 1-day San Diego Zoo admission $94; $61 (ages 3-12).
AAA Benefit:
Save 10% on the 1-Day pass (up to 6 tickets). 1-Day Pass includes unlimited Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari aerial tram, and all regularly scheduled shows. - $46; $36 (ages 3-11). For members interested in purchasing tickets, please contact your local AAA branch office for pricing.
Hours: Opens daily at 9, closing time varies by season.