5 Tips for Visiting the San Diego Zoo

La Jolla Mom

There’s an ever-changing roster of interesting happenings, so be sure to check the schedule of events and the animal feedings for the day of your visit.

Look at the schedule before you go.


As is the case with many San Diego attractions, weekdays at the San Diego Zoo are less crowded than weekends. Keep in mind that crowds on weekdays may be largely made up of young school children on field trips.

Plan your visit on a weekday.


Invest in the Go San Diego pass (if you’re going to visit multiple San Diego attractions) or to buy straight-to-the-gate discounted tickets and upgraded experiences through aRes Travel.

Don't pay full price for admission.


San Diego Zoo has something many other zoos don’t: a quality sit-down restaurant with a nice wine and craft beer selection. Make a reservation at Albert’s Restaurant to guarantee a table when you visit. Don't forget an ice cream cone afterwards!

Make a lunch reservation.


This gondola-style ride, included in regular admission price, will give you an amazing aerial view of the zoo and Balboa Park.

Make time for the Skyfari Tram.