The San Diego Zoo is huge, one of the largest in the world. It is set on 100 acres, with 3,700 animals. The best way to get an overview of the park is to take a 35 minute tour on the double decker open air bus (included in the entrance fee.) You can be at the zoo for a full day and still not get to the whole thing. The zoo is really well done. There is minimal walking required between exhibits. The SkyFari Cable Cars is another enjoyable way to see the animals and zoo from above. It is also a great way to cross from one side of the zoo to the other.
The San Diego Zoo tries to put the animals in cage-less exhibits with moats and other safety measures to keep the animals from getting too close to visitors but at the same time maintaining the natural setting. The Pandas are by far the most popular exhibit. The San Diego Zoo is one of 4 Zoos in the United States with a permanent exhibit featuring Pandas. During busy seasons the wait time to see the Pandas could be an hour. Let me tell you, the Pandas are as cute as you can imagine.
In addition to all the many animal exhibits, San Diego Zoo also has various gardens including the popular Orchid House.
The San Diego Zoo is so popular that it almost feels like a city, with lots of people coming and going from one amazing exhibit to the next.
Posted: November 15, 2017
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2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adult (12+): $52
Child (3-11): $42
Approximate Distance from:
Los Angeles: 1 hour, 50 minutes