San Diego Zoo

What would a visit to San Diego be without a day at the world famous San Diego Zoo?

Located just a short drive from to the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Mission Bay Resort offers special pricing on Zoo tickets for our guests. With hundreds of adorable animals, beautiful botanical displays and one-of-a-kind animal experiences, it’s a stop not to be missed on your tour of San Diego. Check out the Zoo’s website for detailed information, maps, live animal cams and more.

Toucan at San Diego zoo

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo, located adjacent to downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, is 100 acres in size. It’s lush, naturalistic habitats and more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals make it a favorite San Diego attraction. With over 660 different species and a beautiful botanical collection, the Zoo can be viewed in many different ways. Walk along pathways, into aviaries, and through bioclimatic zones for the most personal animal experience. If you want to get your bearings before your walk, the Zoo offers a 35-minute Guided Bus Tour. An Express Bus is available to assist guests in quickly accessing different areas. For a spectacular view of the Zoo, take a ride on the Aerial Sky Tram and enjoy aerial views of the Zoo and surrounding Balboa Park. A minimum of three to four hours is the recommended visit time. 

Koala at San Diego zoo

Lions, Tiger, and Bears

The San Diego Zoo animals are separated into 9 Zoo Zones based on their natural habitats. Zoo Zones include Australian Outback, Africa Rocks, Asian Passage, Urban Jungle, Northern Frontier, Elephant Odyssey, Discovery Outpost and the world famous Panda Canyon. Visitors may view rare giant pandas, cuddly looking koalas, a wide range of reptiles and many other fascinating species.

San Diego Zoo Penguins

More to Know

  • Discounted Zoo tickets are available for resort guests.
  • Parking at the Zoo is free.
  • The San Diego Zoo is open 365 days a year.