San Diego Zoo

San Diego Things to Do: Visit San Diego Zoo

When you are needing a break from the beautiful beaches, hiking and outdoor activities in San Diego, consider spending a day at the San Diego Zoo. See our article, ‘San Diego Things to do: Visit San Diego Zoo’ for more details on how to make the most of this great San Diego attraction!

Written by
Maria Mancuso

San Diego is home to beautiful beaches, great shopping, hiking, theme parks and amazing night life.  When you are ready for something a little more ‘wild’ – consider a visit to the San Diego Zoo!

This article, ‘San Diego Things to do: Visit San Diego Zoo' – details the highlights for ways to enjoy one of the world’s most popular Zoo’s.  

The San Diego Zoo is voted, ‘#1 Zoo in the World’ and should not be missed during your visit to San Diego.  The San Diego Zoo is located just 3 miles from The Keating Hotel, so a visit to the Zoo is easy to fit into almost any day of your visit. Consider making a day of it by including a visit to Balboa Park, which is home to many museums, exhibits and of course the San Diego Zoo.


San Diego Zoo 
Location: 2929 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-231-1515
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 3 Miles

The San Diego Zoo is easily one of the most popular San Diego Things to Do in our beautiful coastal community. The San Diego Zoo is renowned across the country as a premier facility for education and entertainment involving the animal community, as well as opportunities to view many beautiful, wild animals. 

The San Diego Zoo is in San Diego’s Balboa Park, which is another top San Diego Attraction in its own right. 

At the San Diego Zoo, you’re able to view animals representing Africa, Australia, North America, and other parts of the globe – more than 3,700 creatures in total! There are more than 650 species that call the Zoo home, all roaming in habitats that are very close to their natural environments in the wild.


Tips for Visiting the San Diego Zoo:

  • The San Diego Zoo presents animals in cageless exhibits, with expansive areas for them to roam. Bring your camera and enjoy taking pictures in the natural settings that the elephants, buffaloes, otters, tigers, mountain lions, clouded leopards, and wombats call home.
  • For an interesting and enjoyable way to see parts of the San Diego Zoo, considering taking ride on the Skyfari aerial tram.  The Skyfari gives riders a great view across the Zoo from above.  
  • See the Guided Bus Tour which is a great way to travel throughout the Zoo when you may be tired from walking or if you would like to learn a bit about the park from the Tour Guides who ride along on the Tour Bus’s.  
  • Something for the kids (or the kid in you) you need to stop by the Children’s Zoo, to get an up close and personal interaction with many animals, baby animals, and enjoy a variety of educational and entertaining shows and educational programs.
  • The animals at the San Diego Zoo live in a variety of habitats that are typically designed for species common to a certain geographical area. It’s often effective to work your way from habitat to habitat, in a well-planned out manner, to make sure that you spot all the animals from the Artic to Malaysia.
Bird Habitats at San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is home to some of the largest free-flight aviaries in the world which are home to many beautiful and rare bird species.

Interesting Facts About the San Diego Zoo:

  • The San Diego Zoo is one of the few Zoos to keep a Giant Panda’s.
  • The San Diego Zoo is a 100-acre park, with lush landscaping and foliage, with paved pathways, enclosures, habitats and more. 
  • Be sure to make time to enjoy the various 4-D movie experiences and animal shows hosted by zookeepers and trainers. 
  • Look for the special ‘Animal Encounters’ which are entertaining opportunities for visitors to get up close with a variety of animals for entertaining and educational purposes. 
  • The San Diego Zoo is also a beautiful botanical garden with more than 6,500 plants, flowers and trees.  
  • The popular Australian themed, Koalafornia Adventure exhibit is a ‘must visit’ exhibit featuring Koala’s, of course, and other snakes, birds and animals that are native to Australia.
  • The San Diego Zoo is home to some of the largest free-flight aviaries in the world which are home to many beautiful and rare bird species.
Tigers at San Diego Zoo
The animals at the San Diego Zoo live in a variety of habitats that are typically designed for species common to a certain geographical area.

We hope you enjoyed this San Diego Travel Blog article, ‘San Diego Things to do: Visit San Diego Zoo.’ Hopefully you will have some time to enjoy the San Diego Zoo During your next visit to San Diego.

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