The world-famous San Diego Zoo is one of the top attractions for families in the San Diego area. It is conveniently located near downtown San Diego and offers visitors the chance to see exotic animals that are not commonly found in other zoos.
Our family recently made a return visit to the San Diego Zoo. Here are our top tips for planning a visit.
1. Avoid paying full price
Look for San Diego Zoo discounts before you leave home. Ways you may be able to save on admission include:
- Bundle – If you are planning to visit multiple San Diego attractions, you can save a few dollars by bundling admission fees and hotel through our partner, Get Away Today Vacations or your preferred travel agent. Read to the end of this post to get a $25 coupon code for Get Away Today.
- Check with your hotel – If you’ve already booked a hotel in San Diego, chances are that you can purchase discounted tickets from the front desk.
- Visit in October – for the past couple of years, the San Diego Zoo and many other San Diego attractions have offered kids (ages 3-11) free admission with a paying adult during the month of October. This deal may not include the aerial tram and bus tour, so you may need to pay extra to if you want to add those on. Visit this post for more information.
- Online – www.mousesavers.com keeps a list of San Diego Zoo discounts.
2. Pack a picnic
This isn’t absolutely essential, since the San Diego Zoo has a variety of restaurants to choose from. However, it drives me crazy when I buy a pricey kids meal and then my child eats less than half of it. The San Diego Zoo allows you to bring in your own food, so save yourself some cash and fill a backpack with cheese slices, crackers, baby carrots, grapes, bottled water, cookies and trail mix, or something equally easy that your family will actually eat.
3. Arrive early
This is a good rule of thumb for nearly all attractions. When you arrive early at the San Diego Zoo, you get to enjoy popular exhibits without the crowds. Morning is a good time to visit favorite animals such as koalas, bears, lions and tigers because they are often more active in the morning.
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