San Diego Zoo Safari Park, photo courtesy Smart Destinations
See 3,500 animals from 6 continents at San Diego Zoo Safari Park – just 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego.
Featuring over 1,800 acres of natural habitats for the optimal animal viewing experience. The dedication of the staff is evident as they teach you about a variety of wild and endangered animals from all over the world, with entertaining and educational shows and demonstrations, and on-hand specialists that care for the animals every day.
Feeding time at the Giraffe Exhibit, photo courtesy Smart Destinations
They are always there to answer questions and guide you through fascinating exhibits. One of the park’s highlights is the commitment to animal and environment conservation, evident with the popular San Diego Zoo’s own California condor breeding program. The zoo also boasts the world’s largest veterinary hospital.
Your San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket includes:
- Day Pass General Admission tickets to San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Ride on the Africa Tram Safari and admission to the Cheetah Run
- All regularly scheduled exhibits and shows, including Frequent Flyers Bird Show, Elephant Keeper Talk, Trainer Talk, and more
Please note: interactive experiences are available for additional fees – you can ask about upgrade options upon arrival.
Elephant Valley at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, photo courtesy Smart Destinations
Animals you’ll see:
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is largely home to animals from arid environments, including rhinos, camels, cheetahs, lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras, gorillas, antelope, large birds, and tons more.
Cheetahs up-close and personal, photo courtesy Smart Destinations
Tips for visiting:
- To avoid the largest crowds, arrive early and start with the Africa Tram Safari, as busiest times are between 11 am and 3 pm.
- Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather as most of your park experience will be outdoors.
- Bring binoculars to boost your vision since the animals are in natural environments with large spaces.
- Birds may land right on your arm and so be sure to bring quarters to buy bird feed.
- Grab a map on your way into the park to see the layout and daily scheduled events.
- If you leave the park, get a hand stamp if you plan to return the same day.
- It's a 45 minute drive to Safari Park by car, while public transportation can take around 2 hours from downtown San Diego.
- You'll need a full day to see all the exhibits, animal shows, and talks.
Rhinos at sunset at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, photo courtesy Smart Destinations
No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to the famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
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