San Diego Zoo

Location: located on Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego along Park Boulevard.

Mailing address is P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551

Phone: (619) 234-3153


Hours: Open daily (including all holidays) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (grounds close at 5 p.m.) thru April 7. Check website for expanded hours during summer months.

Fees: Basic admission is $22 adults, $14.50 children (3-11). Numerous other combination ticket packages available – see website.

Comments: San Diego Zoo exhibits include: Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, Giant Panda Research Station, Absolutely Apes, Ituri Forest, Gorilla Tropics/Scripps Aviary, Polar Bear Plunge, Children's Zoo, Rain Forest Aviary, Tiger River, Sun Bear Forest, Flamingo Lagoon, Reptile Mesa. Other Zoo attractions include: Guided Bus Tour covering about 75 percent of the zoo, an airborne tram shortcut over the treetops to the other end of the Zoo, the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad now operated by the zoo, and a breathtaking safari ride through the plains of Africa.

Directions: From Interstate 5 (Los Angeles and Orange County), take the Pershing Drive exit and follow the signs. From Interstate 15 (Escondido and Riverside), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.

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