No trip to San Diego is complete without a trip to the San Diego Zoo, the #1 Zoo in the World! It is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals and boasts an incredible 700,000 botanical collection.
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We couldn’t wait to see the giant pandas! We’ve never seen them in a zoo before as they are very rare, however the San Diego Zoo is home to 3 Giant Pandas! The zoo raises bamboo on-site which is needed since they go through 700 pounds every week!
Be sure to catch a ride on the Skyfari Aerial Tram.
We wanted to see as much of this award-winning zoo as possible and figured from up on high would be the best way. We were able to check out how large the zoo was as well as get a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous landscape.
Another animal I’ve never seen before that we were able to see is the Tasmanian devil! What a curious creature!
Unfortunately the polar bears were not on display during our visit, however we were able to hang out with this life-size polar bear statue! I wouldn’t want to run into this guy in the wild!
There are many displays and play structures throughout the zoo for fun photos and for kids to play.
This zoo has the most amazing botanical collection, more than any botanical garden I’ve ever visited. All 700,000 elements of the botanical collection is worth exploring – even for kids.
My daughter couldn’t put her phone down as she snapped pictures the entire day. There were so many interesting animals that we’ve never seen before which says a lot since we’ve been to many zoos.
The Guided Bus Tour is the best way to see the zoo with insider information on the animals. We enjoyed this narrated tour about 1/2 way through our day – it gave us more insight on the animals we saw and got us excited about the animals yet to come – plus, it was a welcomed break from walking!
The multi-level aviary and gardens allows for an interesting mix of birds, gardens, and even fish.
Did you notice my new Thirty-One Going My Way Backpack? It is super cute and packed with everything we needed at the zoo including plenty of water and snacks – there are no rules against bringing your own snacks, I highly recommend it as you’ll probably spend 4-6 hours at the zoo!
There are animal encounters and shows throughout the day, be sure to set aside time in your day to check out one or two for a deeper learning experience. Adults and children alike are sure to learn a lot from the professionals. There is a big emphasis in the zoo’s work in ending extinction.
For an even more amazing San Diego Zoo experience, check out their “special experiences” including dining events, inside look tours, and even wildlife sleepovers!
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
If you have plans to visit several spots in Southern California with your family, I recommend checking out the Southern California CityPASS. You’ll save a ton of money going to Disneyland & Disney California Adventure with SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND. You could also add the San Diego Zoo to the pass as an add-on. Read our San Diego Sea World review here. Read our Disneyland review here.