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How to Buy San Diego Zoo Safari Park Discount Tickets

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It’s absolutely worth making the trek to visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Free-range enclosures designed to closely mimic natural habitats give visitors a one-of-a-kind view of rhinos, camels, cheetahs, gorillas, giraffes, lions, meerkats, tigers, warthogs, wild cattle, and zebras.

There are various ways to see the animals, from tram rides to truck safaris to hot air balloon rides.  

Buying Discounted San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tickets

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You have a few convenient options to choose between if you’re interested in buying discounted San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets. The discounted ticket options I’ve listed here are, speaking from experience, reliable and easy to buy. I always recommend that people get their Safari Park tickets using one of these methods versus looking for promo codes on the web (most of which do not work).

Tip: Check out all of the options to buy discounted tickets before you buy, because some methods are better for out of towners while others are a better deal for day trippers.

At-the-gate 1-Day admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at the time of this writing is:

  • $56/adult
  • $46/child ages 3-11
  • Kids under the age of 3 are free

Note that parking at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is $15 per vehicle and $20 for RV parking, year round. Preferred parking is available for an additional $18 per vehicle ($33 total). Keep in mind that parking fees are not included in the price of any of the tickets below.

1. Buy Tickets with aRes Travel

This is one of the most popular (and easiest) ways to get discounted admission to San Diego attractions including the Safari Park. aRes Travel is an authorized ticket seller that is based in San Diego, so I feel comfortable recommending them, and they have multiple options like single-day passes and bundles.

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 individual tickets to only the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, this is usually your best choice.

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Single-Day Pass 

The 1-Day Pass includes unlimited use of the Africa Tram, Cheetah Run as well as all shows and exhibits. Save $10 off of adult tickets for a limited time only! Price: $49/adult and $39/kids 

Two-Day Pass

The 2-Day Pass includes one visit to the San Diego Zoo and one visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or two visits to the San Diego Zoo or two visits to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Parking at the Zoo is Free. Parking at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is not included in the price of the ticket. Price: $85/adult and $76/kids

LEGOLAND® & San Diego Zoo Safari Park Combo Deal

This combo deal includes 1 day at LEGOLAND California and 1 day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.Price: $139/adults (ages 12+) and $124/kids (ages 3-11)

LEGOLAND California, San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park Combo Deal

This combo deal includes 1 day at LEGOLAND California, 1 day at the San Diego Zoo, and 1 day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Price: $186/adults (ages 12+) and $161/kids (ages 3-11)

San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park & SeaWorld San Diego Combo Deal

This combo deal includes 1 day at the San Diego Zoo, and 1 day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego. Price: $161.99/adults and $141.99/kids

A Multiple Combo Pass for All Four Theme Parks

This is for those planning to hit all four major theme parks. This Combo Pass includes 1-Day San Diego Zoo ticket, 1-Day San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket, 1-Day Legoland California and up to 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego.


2. Go San Diego Pass

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 the 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 can even build your own pass so you’re not paying for admission to San Diego attractions you don’t want to visit. Once you buy your pass, it will appear right on your phone and serve as your ticket.

The All-Inclusive passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7-day options.

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3. California Explorer Pass (Includes Los Angeles and San Francisco Attractions)

The new California Explorer Pass has been such an asset on our California road trips and we always recommend it to our friends traveling through the state, as well. It’s a great option for anyone who will be visiting multiple cities around the Southern California coast. With it, you’ll save up to 34% on admission to top Southern California attractions including:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • LEGOLAND California
  • San Diego Zoo
  • 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
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California’s Great America
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

When you buy the California Explorer Pass, you can choose up 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.

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4. Hotel + Tickets Bundles Offer Extra Savings

There are a couple of popular ways to do this through aRes Travel.

An Adventurer’s Paradise at The San Diego Zoo Safari Park

These eight hotels are among the closest to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Bundle your stay with tickets to save more.

Lions, Tigers, and Panda Bears, Oh My! — The San Diego Zoo or Safari Park Package

When you choose this package, you can bundle your San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets with the price of your stay at more than 111 hotels that are centrally located and relatively close to the Safari Park.

San Diego Family Fun Package

This bundled attraction package lets you combine a stay at your favorite hotel with the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California as well as many other attraction choices. When you build a custom San Diego Family Fun Package, you can save up to 40%.

The Best of San Diego! Choose Your Own Adventure Package

Customize your own San Diego vacation package! This package includes your choice of tickets to 5 popular San Diego theme parks: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE® Aquarium and hotel accommodations.

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5. 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. Keep it in mind if you can’t get your passes in advance.


6. 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.

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.


7. Trusted Tours & Attractions

While I believe that aRes Travel typically has the best options for discounted San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets, Trusted Tours also offers discounts on single-day passes. I recommend checking both sites to see which has the deepest discount when you’re ready to buy.


8. 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.


9. Student and Senior Discounts

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.

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10. 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.


11. 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.

See also: How to Buy Discounted Tickets to the San Diego Zoo — Top 12 Ways 


12. San Diego Zoo Membership

If you visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (and the Zoo) regularly, 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.

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