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San Diego Zoo: Unique Animal Encounters

San Diego Zoo

Set out for adventure at the San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park. This 100-acre habitat is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals, as well as a prominent botanical collection with over 700,000 exotic plants. Roar with lions, feed the goats, spy on Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, two koala's from Australia, and spend a day at one with nature. The San Diego Zoo offers endless animal encounters and safari adventures.
San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, California, 92101
Distance from Hotel: 15.10 miles


Open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.


Adults (12 & older): $52, Children (3-11): $42


  • Nighttime Zoo
  • Jungle Bells
  • Food Wine & Brew
  • Easter Brunch
  • Fall Brewmaster Dinner
  • Spooky Sleepover


  • Animal Exhibits
  • Skyfari
  • Education
  • Play Areas
  • Shows
  • 4-D Theaters

How Close Can I Get To The Animals At The Zoo?

Visit the Petting Paddock in the Children’s Zoo, where kids can pet the animals, comb the sheep's fur, or feed the goats. Head to the Animals in Action program and join the Inside Look Tour to meet exotic animals. The Safari Park offers an interactive Animal Encounters program with face-to-face contact with the local tenants, the cheetahs, alligators, and other rare animals.

Can We Bring Our Own Food To The San Diego Zoo?

Yes, you may bring personal food items inside the zoo, however, coolers are not permitted, and there are no food storage areas. Picnic areas are located just outside the main gates of the zoo and they do allow re-entry. They do ask that nobody feeds the animals personal food or bring glass inside the park.