As a San Diego Zoo Safari Park member, I can say that it’s worth adding a visit to your itinerary. It is OPEN and not your average zoo. You’ll learn about important conservation initiatives (saving the California condor and white rhino, for starters) while enjoying one-of-a-kind views of zebras, camels, cheetahs, gorillas, giraffes, lions, meerkats, tigers, warthogs, wild cattle, and more in free-range enclosures designed to closely mimic natural habitats.
These days, general admission pricing is consistent across authorized ticket sellers, but if you are looking for San Diego Zoo Safari Park discount tickets I’m about to tell you how to find them. I specialize in helping people save money on San Diego vacations and theme parks so may be compensated if you purchase using the links in this post.
EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS TIPS: Use code LAJOLLAMOM to save $6 off of 1-Day Adult and Child tickets to San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park on aRes Travel. This is the best deal for child tickets and weekend adult tickets.
If you can visit on a weekday, you will want to pair my child tickets discount with the $49.99 Groupon tickets temporarily on offer for weekday adult tickets.
What to Decide Before Buying Discount San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tickets
You have a few convenient options to choose from if you’re interested in buying discounted San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets. The options I’ve listed here are, speaking from experience, reliable and easy to buy without scouring for promo codes on the web (most of which do not work — except for mine).
At-the-gate 1-Day admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is currently:
- $50/child ages 3–11
- Kids ages 2 and under are free
Some methods are better for out of towners while others are a better deal for day-trippers, but here is the bottom line.
Your main decision is to decide whether you need a 1-Day ticket because you’re only going to the Safari Park or whether you would like to bundle a Safari Park ticket with tickets to other San Diego attractions. You’ll need to crunch the numbers to decide which is best for you.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking is $15 per vehicle and $20 for RV parking, year-round. Preferred parking is available for an additional $18 per vehicle (or $33 total). Parking fees are not included in the price of any of the tickets below. Please note: At the park’s reopening, the $15 per vehicle parking fee will temporarily be waived.
1. Exclusive Promo Code for 1-Day Tickets + Combo Packages
The most popular (and easiest) ways to get discounted admission to San Diego attractions including the Safari Park is through my affiliation with San Diego based aRes Travel. They are an authorized ticket seller that I am comfortable recommending because I know people in the company personally and my readers haven’t had issues with their purchases. aRes Travel has multiple ticket options ranging from 1-Day passes to combo packages.
NOTE: There is a small $2 convenience fee per ticket, but the savings usually makes this worthwhile. Passes can be printed at home and presented at the gate. You do not need to redeem a voucher at the ticket booth.
If you are looking to buy 1-Day to only the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, this is your best choice because I have a promo code.
EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS: Use code LAJOLLAMOM to save $6 off of 1-Day adult and child tickets at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park at aRes Travel.
2. Temporary Deal for $49.99 Adult Tickets
Check out Groupon for a flash sale to get $49.99 adult 1-Day San Diego Zoo tickets. Valid Monday–Friday only.
3. Save on Over 35 Attractions with Go San Diego
Go San Diego is the most popular bundled attraction pass used by tourists and locals alike. With it, you can save up to 55% off of admission to most of the top San Diego theme parks, museums, and attractions — including San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
It’s extremely easy to buy and to use. Just choose the pass option that gives you the best discount on the attractions you want to visit. You have three pass choices:
- Build your own pass with only the San Diego attractions you’d like to visit.
- Purchase admission to 3, 4, 5, or 7 attractions with the Explorer Pass.
- Choose the All-Inclusive pass, available in 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7-day options, which allows you to visit all included attractions.
Once you buy your pass, it will appear right on your phone and serve as your ticket. My discount below stacks on top of Go San Diego sale pricing.
4. California Explorer Pass (Includes Los Angeles and San Francisco Attractions)
The California Explorer Pass is an asset for California road trips and we always recommend it to our friends traveling through the state, as well.
With it, you’ll save up to 29% on admission to top Southern California attractions including:
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- LEGOLAND California (2-Day Resort Hopper)
- San Diego Zoo (Multi-Day Ticket)
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Knott’s Soak City
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
- SeaWorld San Diego
- Belmont Park Ride and Play Pass
- California Academy of Sciences
- California’s Great America
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
- Big Bus Los Angeles 1-Day Ticket
When you buy the California Explorer Pass, you can choose up to three, four or five attractions that you can then visit once each over 30 days — on whatever schedule works best for you. It’s a bundled pass with a lot of flexibility.
5. San Diego Zoo Safari Park Vacation Packages
There are a couple of popular ways to combine San Diego Safari Park tickets with hotels near San Diego Zoo Safari Park for extra savings through aRes Travel.
6. Free Kids Tickets in October
One of the best times to visit San Diego as a family is in October when kids eat, stay, and play for free at over 100 venues around town. From October 1-31, 2020, kids ages 11 and under enjoy free admission to San Diego Zoo Safari Park when accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets purchased with my promo code qualify for Kids Free San Diego!
7. Seniors are FREE in February
During the month of February 2020 guests ages 65 and up received free general admission to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. If you qualified for this discount, you would smply present your ID at a ticket booth window when you arrive at the park. Parking is not included.
This promotion was wildly successful and expected to be repeated in 2021 though no official announcement has been made yet.
8. AAA (Not the Deepest Discount)
While this isn’t the deepest discount available, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park does offer a 10% discount for AAA members who have a valid membership card. This is one of the easiest and one of the few ways to get discounted San Diego Zoo Safari park tickets at the ticket window for up to 6 people. Keep it in mind if you can’t get your passes in advance.
9. Military Discounts for Military Personnel and Families
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers both special military discounts in the form of free passes for active-duty members along with discounts for spouses and dependents. These discounts are currently available year-round.
For Active-Duty U.S. Armed Forces Personnel
If you present a Common Access Card (CAC) or Uniformed Services ID card at the ticket window, you’ll receive a free single-day pass to the Safari Park.
For Military Families
Spouses and children of active-duty personnel who present a valid dependent ID card at the ticket window will receive a 10% discount off of a single-day pass.
TIP: Your MWR Department may know of other discount programs for military members that can be applied to San Diego Zoo Safari Park admission.
10. Group Discounts
Groups that include 15 people or more and purchase tickets together can receive a 10% discount off of single-day passes. Groups of 100 or more can get a 15% discount off their 1-Day Passes. Note that for large groups, advance reservations are recommended. Teachers and other educators who plan to bring their classes to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park can organize field trips for free or for a small fee by calling the Safari Park directly at 760-738-5057.
11. Student and Senior Discounts
Outside of the seniors free in February 2020 promotion, visitors who are 65 and older can get a 15% discount off of the regular 1-Day Pass price when they present a photo ID at the ticket window. This discount, along with the student discount, cannot be applied online or by phone.
12. Travel Industry Discounts
If you are a travel agent, airline employee, or cruise line employee, you can receive a 10% discount on a 1-Day Pass. You’ll need to present the required identification at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket window.
13. San Diego Zoo Gift Cards
While not part of a discount program, San Diego Zoo Safari Park gift cards let you give your favorite people the gift of visiting the park more often. Gift cards can be applied to regular passes, a safari experience, or even an annual membership. Gift card amounts start at $50.
14. San Diego Zoo Membership
If you visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (and the Zoo) regularly, as we do, an annual membership is a great way to save on the price of admission while also supporting San Diego Zoo Global’s conservation efforts. With the basic membership, you pay once and can visit the Safari Park and the Zoo as often as you want. There are also other membership tiers that come with a variety of perks, including free parking, special hours, magazine subscriptions, and more. We are members and feel it’s great value for residents.
15. Trusted Tours & Attractions
Trusted Tours also offers straight-to-the-gate San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets that are the same price as buying direct.
What to Know Before You Go
New health and safety guidelines are in place as of the June 20, 2020 reopening. San Diego Zoo Safari Park is open at 50% of maximum occupancy. Here is what you need to know:
You can read more about the new procedures here.
FAQs About San Diego Safari Park Tickets
How much are San Diego Safari Park tickets?
A 1-Day Pass to the park costs $60 for guests 12 years and older, and $50 for guests that are 3-11 years old. Children ages 2 and under are free.
Is there a Zoo and Safari Park package?
Yes, there are several multi-park passes you can purchase, depending on your preferences. The 2-Visit Pass gets you admission into both the Zoo and the Safari Park, or two visits to either park.
The All-Inclusive Go San Diego Card provides you unlimited visits to more than 35 local attractions for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days in a row. And, you can buy other combo ticket packages like the San Diego Fab 4.
How can I get discounted tickets to the park?
La Jolla Mom offers an exclusive promo code for 1-Day tickets (mentioned above) and other advice on how to get discounted tickets to the park. You can also bundle your ticket packages, take advantage of military or AAA discounts, and more.
What does a San Diego Safari Park ticket include?
A San Diego Safari Park ticket gets you into the park with access to favorites like the Cheetah Run, the unlimited rides on the African Tram, and all regular shows. You may upgrade your day with a variety of safaris at an additional cost.
Is there a Safari Park and LEGOLAND package?
Yes. San Diego Zoo Safari Park and LEGOLAND ticket packages are very popular for those who are staying in North County San Diego. You can add the two San Diego attractions to a build-your-own Go San Diego pass, if these are the only attractions you’ll visit. You can also bundle these two parks with San Diego Zoo tickets or San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego at aRes Travel.
How do I use an aRes Travel ticket?
You can pull your ticket up on a mobile device and the park will scan its QR code at the turnstiles. Alternatively, you can take a printed copy, which you will receive immediately after purchase by email, and they’ll scan the QR code on your printed copy. With an aRes Travel ticket, you can go straight to the gate and avoid the ticket booth queues.
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