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San Diego Zoo

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Covering more than 1,000 acres in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is home to 4,000 animals that comprise over 800 species. Discover an immense number of exhibits that house some of the most exotic creatures on earth, like lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, bears, giraffes and anacondas. Explore Panda Canyon where you can see giant pandas and visit the discovery center. Stop by Ituri Forest, which is a central African jungle habitat where hippos, forest buffalos, and amazing monkeys reside. Discover amazing exhibits like Asian Passage, Africa Rocks, Elephant Odyssey and the Australian Outback. Check out the Children's Zoo to experience everything from big snakes to porcupines. Take an aerial tour with spectacular views of the Zoo, its animal and plant collection, and surrounding Balboa Park on the Skyfari. The San Diego Zoo also features a botanical garden, a restaurant, shops, tours and exciting animal encounters. As one of the hotels near the San Diego Zoo, it's easy to explore all it has to offer!

Before You Go

Can I Bring My Own Food?

You most certainly can. However, you're not permitted to bring coolers or other large food containers. For your convenience, you'll be able to enjoy your meal in our picnic areas, which are located outside the San Diego Zoo's main entrance and close to the Safari Park's entry plaza. If you've already entered the Zoo, make sure to get your hand-stamped so you can         re-enter after eating. No glass, straws or alcohol are allowed.

Is The Zoo Open When It Rains?

The San Diego Zoo is open every single day of the year regardless of the weather. In the event of heavy rain some of the animals may not be available to be seen as they take off for their bedroom areas, which are situated away from the exhibit. Generally speaking, a good number of the animals don't seem to mind the rain at all so you should be able to enjoy them even when it's less than ideal conditions. 


Hours - San Diego Zoo opens daily at 9:00 a.m. Closing time depends on the season. 


  • Crazy About Cats 
  • San Diego Jungle Balls
  • Sunrise Surprise Stroll
  • Kids' Wild Night Out
  • Early Morning With Pandas
  • Wildlife Sleepovers


  • Exhibits
  • Skyfari
  • 4-D Movies
  • Skyfari
  • Tours
  • Shows
  • Balboa Park Mini Train
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Animal Encounters