San Diego Zoo Tickets

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San Diego Zoo | A cinematic safari 

Established in 1916, the San Diego Zoo is a world-renowned conservation organization with a rich history. Home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals from all over the world, this zoo is THE-place for wildlife enthusiasts. From majestic lions to playful pandas, you'll have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with creatures you've only seen in documentaries! On this page we dive into your ticket options, what to see inside the zoo, tips to plan your visit, & more!

Why visit San Diego Zoo?

San Diego Zoo

Explore breathtaking biodiversity: Encounter over 3,700 rare and endangered species, from the regal Bengal tigers to the elusive giant pandas.

Immersive safaris: Hear the resonant roars of majestic lions, the playful chatters of monkeys swinging overhead, and the soothing rustle of leaves as you trek through this immersive safari, creating an unforgettable adventure.

Encounter habitats from all over the world: Without having to travel across the world, you get a glimpse of species from Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Tundra region!

Interaction opportunities: The zoo provides opportunities for you to get up close and personal with certain animals through scheduled animal encounters. These interactions are a great way to learn more about the animals from zookeepers and sometimes even touch or feed them.

Be a part of a noble initiative: Learn more about the zoo’s commitment to wildlife conservation, both within its facilities and through field conservation programs.  

Plan your visit to San Diego Zoo

Getting there
Facilities & accessibility
Visitor tips
San Diego Zoo

Monday- Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Thursday and 9 AM to 7 PM from Friday to Sunday.

Closed on: The San Diego Zoo is open every day of the year, including holidays.

Best time to visit: The zoo is best visited on weekday mornings when there are fewer people, and the animals are more active, especially during feeding times.


San Diego Zoo

Address: 920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States | Find on Maps

  • By trolley: Orange, green and blue trolley lines take you to San Diego Zoo.
  • By bus: Bus numbers 215 and 7 take you to the nearest stop.
    Nearest stop: Park Bl & Inspiration Point Way 
  • By car: San Diego Zoo is approximately 5 miles away from San Diego International Airport.
    Parking: You can park for free in the lot in front of the Zoo or at Balboa Park.
San Diego Zoo
  • Restrooms: Restrooms and drinking fountains are conveniently located throughout the zoo.
  • Wheelchairs and ECV rentals: Wheelchairs and ECV are available at rental prices, ensuring everyone can explore the zoo at their own pace.
  • Stroller rentals: You can rent strollers near the entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs): ATM machines are located throughout the Zoo, however, cashless payments are preferred.
  • Lost and found: If you've misplaced an item, visit the Guest Services booth on Zoo grounds, situated to the left of the Bus Tour entrance. It's open daily until closing.
  • Storage: Storage for luggage is available at different prices.
  • First aid: For any medical assistance, a staffed first-aid station is on the north side of the Zoo’s Reptile House.
San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has several dining options available, catering to a variety of tastes. Some of our picks for you are:

Albert’s Restaurant: Situated in Lost Forest at the center of the Zoo, Albert’s provides full-service dining with chef-inspired dishes, a patio boasting a private waterfall, and a full-service bar.

Busy Bee Cafe: The latest dining spot at the Zoo serves up honey corn dogs, double trouble burgers, pizza, wings, and Family Meal portions of pizza and hot dogs.

San Diego Zoo San Diego Zoo Sandwich Co., situated just inside the Zoo entrance, provides hot breakfast, specialty sandwiches, soups from scratch, ice cream, and fresh salads.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego zoo has a plethora of options to choose merchandise, books and other cool things from:

Artists Corner: Explore the Artists Corner to delve into the stories of the creative minds whose work inspired the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's dedication to fostering connections between people and wildlife.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press: Discover impactful conservation stories that contribute to wildlife well-being and support our mission of creating a world where all life thrives through the engaging narratives of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press.

Gorilla Shadow: This shop offers a collection of apparel and accessories featuring the likeness of a majestic silverback, setting the gold standard for simian style.

San Diego Zoo

To ensure the safety and well-being of both visitors and animals, the San Diego Zoo has a few rules in place.

  • Visitors are not allowed to feed the animals or enter animal enclosures.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the zoo.
  • Guests are encouraged to follow any additional guidelines provided by zoo staff for the safety of all.
  • For certain tours and safaris where guests are in close proximity to wildlife, all individuals aged 2 and older are required to wear a facial covering during a portion of the experience.
  • The Zoo and Safari Park do not allow pets, comfort animals, or emotional support animals.
San Diego Zoo
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there's a lot of walking involved.
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat, especially during sunny days.
  • Don't forget your camera, as there will be many amazing photo opportunities with majestic and furry wildlife.
  • Take your time to explore and enjoy the exhibits, and don't rush through the zoo.
  • Check the daily schedule for animal feedings and shows to plan your visit accordingly.

Frequently asked questions about San Diego Zoo tickets

Are San Diego Zoo tickets available online?

Yes, you can book your tickets to San Diego Zoo here.

Can I purchase San Diego Zoo tickets in advance?

Yes, it's highly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the entrance. You can easily purchase tickets online here.

Do I need to print my tickets?

No, you don't need to print your tickets. The San Diego Zoo accepts electronic tickets, so you can simply show your ticket on your smartphone or mobile device for admission.

Can I cancel my ticket?

Yes, you can cancel your tickets up to 24 hours before your visit to the Zoo for a full refund.

Can I skip the line if I book my San Diego Zoo tickets online?

Booking your tickets online let’s you skip lines at the ticket counter and directly enter the attraction by displaying your electronic ticket.

Can I bring food and drinks into the zoo?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your own food and drinks into the zoo. However, there are also several dining options available inside the zoo if you prefer to purchase food on-site.

Can I leave and re-enter the zoo on the same day?

Yes, you can leave and re-enter the San Diego Zoo on the same day. Just make sure to get your hand stamped at the exit for easy re-entry.

Is there parking at the San Diego Zoo?

Free parking is available at the parking lot in front of the Zoo or at Balboa Park.

How long should I spend at the San Diego Zoo?

Plan to spend a full day at the San Diego Zoo to make the most of your visit. With so much to see and do, you'll want plenty of time to explore all the incredible exhibits!

Is it worth visiting the San Diego Zoo?

Absolutely! The San Diego Zoo is one of the most renowned zoos in the world, known for its vast collection of animals and dedication to conservation. It's a must-visit for animal lovers and families alike.