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Balboa Park - San Diego Zoo, Imperial Beach

Balboa Park - San Diego Zoo

1549 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101 | 619-239-0512
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For 100 years, the San Diego Zoo has been a mainstay tourist attraction in Southern California and for good reason. It offers visitors some of the best wild animal interactions and exhibits in the world. Yet visitors sometimes forget that the zoo is just one part of Balboa Park, which offers lush gardens, trails, dog parks, performing arts, a miniature railroad and fun carousel. Explore all that Balboa Park San Diego has to offer.


Prices -

A one day zoo pass is $50 (adults) or $40 for children (3-11). Multi-day passes are also available. Admission to Balboa Park grounds, the botanical building and some other attractions is free.

Hours -

The zoo is open most days from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., year-round. The Balboa Park grounds are open 24 hours a day and the Visitor's Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The various museums in the park maintain their own opening hours.


  • Sunrise Surprise Stroll
  • Crazy About Cats
  • Discovery Cart Tour


  • Guided Bus Tours
  • Kangaroo Bus
  • Botanical Tours
  • Balboa Park Mini Train
  • Animal Encounters
  • Teen Parties
  • Skyfari
  • Wildlife Sleepovers
  • 4-D Theaters


  • Are there tours to see the Botanical Garden?

    The Zoo has spectacular gardens and plant collections. You can tour them at your leisure and learn about the interesting and endangered plants in the collection with downloadable self-guided tour brochures available on the zoo's website.
  • What type of animals can I expect to see at the Zoo?

    As one of the largest and most diverse zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo offers an amazing array of animals and exhibits. Stroll the 10 unique "areas" of the zoo and discover animals from all the continents, in all shapes and sizes, from big cats to tiny butterflies and everything in between.

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