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San Diego Zoo, San Diego

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Providing a home for 3,700 of some of the world's rarest animals, San Diego Zoo features pandas, gorillas, antelopes, orangutans, koalas, and much more. Noted for pioneering the concept of cage-free exhibits that recreate natural animal habitats, this zoo covers an area of almost 40 hectares (100 acres). Take guided tours on a bus, or hop on an overhead gondola to see the diverse habitats from the air. See different animals often found side by side in the wild, along with native plant life from places such as African rainforests and Arctic taigas. To view the collection of rare plants, visit the arboretum. Begin your visit at the visitor center, where you can pick up a free map. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to San Diego Zoo and many more San Diego attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Diego trip planning tool.
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  • It had been a quite to return, very nice atmosphere here but very dry and less attraction with few animals. 
    It had been a quite to return, very nice atmosphere here but very dry and less attraction with few animals.  more »
  • Of course it is the greatest zoo we've been to. Of course the animals are amazing and in naturalized, educational settings. What is unexpected is the very friendly, very helpful staff and the... 
    Of course it is the greatest zoo we've been to. Of course the animals are amazing and in naturalized, educational settings. What is unexpected is the very friendly, very helpful staff and the...  more »
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  • First time visiting, was very surprised at how big this place is (100 acres). Definitely recommend bringing very comfortable shoes and clothing for both adults and children. It is a place that has many extremely steep hills so it wasn't exactly wheelchair friendly, therefore, we were unable to walk through many parts of the zoo. My autistic son requires a wheelchair so we were kinda bummed about that. Although they do provide an ADA shuttle service for handicapped visitors which we did use (they basically pick you up and drop you off on different locations within the zoo. All of the employees are very courteous and maps of the zoo are provided. The entire establishment (the parts we saw) was very well kept, very clean (including restrooms), the plant life is amazing and thriving and the animals personal areas were very clean. It seems as if they do a lot of maintenance for their animals and plants. There were many places to eat which means the lines are not long wherever you choose to go and provided lots of ways to provide drinks (vending machines, kiosk carts, refrigerated drinks inside stores. That was important to us because it was a very hot day and we ran out of our own drinks quickly. The prices are reasonable and we enjoyed ourselves. There were many souvenir shops throughout the zoo, each had different items depending on where the store is located and what species of animals are nearby. We will definitely be visiting again next summer.
  • Highly recommend. I love animals, this is by far the best zoo. The amount of space each animal has is amazing and you can see them from many different viewing spots. Able to feed a Rhino and Giraffes for a fee. Totally worth it for the experience and always nice to support a good cause. Spoke with many workers who are walking around the zoo and everyone was very knowledgeable! We had a blast!

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