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San Diego Zoo

Swing into the San Diego Zoo for a ROARING good time! This world famous zoo is home to more than 4,000 beautiful and unusual creatures from around the world. Your ticket includes unlimited use of the San Diego Zoo Tour bus, Aerial tram and admission to the Children's zoo.
Ticket Type
Age: 3-11 years. Under 3 free.
A vacation must... the World Famous San Diego Zoo!


  • Free Admission to the Children's Zoo
  • Unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus
  • Unlimited use San Diego Zoo's Aerial Tram Ride
  • A 35- minute fully narrated Bus Tour
Located in Balboa Park, the 100-acre San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals from more than 800 different species. Mimicking indigenous habitats, these innovative animal exhibits provide visitors with the opportunity to view these exotic creatures up close. You will also learn how conservation efforts are protecting the planet's wildlife and their natural environments.

Walkways and bridges provide convenient access to the Africa Rocks, Asia Passage, Northern Frontier, Outback and other exhibits. Animals on display include gorillas, elephants, big cats and the largest collection of koala bears outside of Australia as well as numerous smaller animals, birds and reptiles. The habitats depict a wide range of ecosystems from around the world, including the savannas, deserts, tropical rainforests and ice-covered tundra. Included in the price of admission, the Children's Zoo features 30 special exhibits and activities designed especially for younger visitors. Children will love getting to know more than 40 specially trained gentle animal ambassadors.

The Giant Panda Research Station is one of four facilities of its kind in the country. In addition to housing these critically endangered animals, the facility has one of the most successful giant panda breeding programs in the world. The Panda Canyon exhibit enables visitors to climb into the den and interact with these beloved animals, which smell like wet bamboo and bleat like lambs.

The purchase of a One Day Pass includes a 3-mile-long, 40-minute narrated bus tour as well as all day access to the zoo's express bus service that has five stops around the zoo grounds. You can travel around the zoo by open-air double-decker bus or get a bird's-eye-view of Balboa Park from the Skyfari Aerial Tram that traverses the park 170-feet in the air. Obtain an eTicket today to enjoy all the exotic and fascinating creatures on display at the world famous San Diego Zoo.

Operating Times

Hours of operation - Open every day of the year, including all holidays:
Jan 1-Jan 3: 9:00am - 8:00pm; Jan 4- March 11: 9:00am - -5:00pm.
March 12-March 18: 9:00am - 6:00pm; March 19-Apr 3: 9:00am - 7:00pm.
April 4-June 18: 9:00am - 6:00pm; June 19-30: 9:00am- 8:00pm.
July 1 - August 20: 9:00am -9:00pm; August 21- Sept 1: 9:00am- 8:00pm.
Sept 2 - 5: 9:00am- - 9:00pm; Sept 6 - 23: 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Sept 24: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sept 25 - Nov 5: 9:00am - 6:00pm; Nov 6- Dec 8: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Dec 9 -23: 9:00am - 8:00pm; Dec 24: - 5:00pm; Dec 25 - 31: 9 :00am -8:00pm.

To check expected and current entry times click HERE.

Reservation Notes

Reservations are not needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 6 months of the purchase date.


self guided

Booth Location

San Diego Zoo is located in Historic Balboa Park (2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92112)

Nearest Intersection

Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.


Free Parking on Zoo Grounds

Age Requirements

Child Ticket: 3-11 yrs. of age. Children under 3 yrs are free. Free admission for active Military with ID.


COVID Safety Procedures:All visitors are welcome. There are no out-of-state restrictions. Facial coverings will no longer be required on grounds. Those who are not fully vaccinated are recommended by the CDC to wear facial coverings.