The San Diego Zoo is a favorite in the San Diego area. The exhibits are well done and it’s a great family-friendly experience that both kids and adults can enjoy!
One of our favorite things about the San Diego Zoo is the fact that they were one of the main pioneers in the concept of open-air exhibits “careless” exhibits that mimicked the animals natural habitat.
The exhibits at the zoo are top notch and well done.
The Giant Panda Exhibit
The San Diego Zoo is also one of the only zoos in the world that successfully houses and breeds the Giant Panda. They have an entire exhibit dedicated to the Panda and it’s fun and very unique experience for visitors.
The skyfari gives visitors a birds eye view of the park, and can take you from one side of the park to the other if you want to quickly get around. (Keep in mind, you can’t bring strollers on Skyfari, but they do have a dedicated area to drop your stroller off to pick up when you return.)
The San Diego Zoo offers a guided tour bus that covers about 75% of the park. It’s a great way to get a quick overview at the beginning of your day and get a better idea of where you want to spend your time. The park is really large, and would be nearly impossible for a family to see and enjoy all the animals. The tour bus allows you to see a large number of animals quickly, so you can spend more time at the exhibits that you enjoy the most.
The San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation raises a variety of over 145 endangered species. As a result they have been able to successfully reintroduce more than 30 endangered species back into the wild. It is the largest zoo based multidisciplinary research effort in the world.
The Zoo offers a variety of special experience packages;
Inside Look Tours: Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at how the Zoo takes care of their animals.
Discovery Cart Tour: This is a 60 minute guided tour in an expedition cart led by one of the Zoos knowledgeable guides.
Animals in Action Experience: The Zoo brings animals out of the habitats for you to get an up-close view.
Keeper for a Day: Find out what it takes to be a zookeeper for a day. Learn first hand from the Zoo’s world class keepers.
Early Morning with Pandas: You can visit the giant panda viewing area before the Zoo officially opens for the day.
Crazy about Cats: Get an early morning look at the amazing cats in the Zoo on a cart.
Sunrise Surprise Stroll: Walk the grounds with a guided zookeeper and learn about all the new and exciting things happening, all before the zoo opens for the day.
Exclusive VIP Experience: The very best in personalized experience, this experiences gives you access to off-exhibit areas and special animal interactions.
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