This world-famous establishment is clearly no ordinary zoo. Walk or ride a double-decker bus throughout this expansive park, ... More
San Diego Zoo
This world-famous establishment is clearly no ordinary zoo. Walk or ride a double-decker bus throughout this expansive park, home to over 4,000 rare and exotic animals exhibited in beautiful garden habitats. More than a park, San Diego Zoo is a major research facility although it is cleverly disguised with entertaining shows and inspiring exhibits like Polar Bear Plunge and Hippo Beach.
There are so many animals to see at the san diego zoo. I didn't care much for the reptile house, but I now know how tiny I am compared to an 850 lb polar bear. This place is huge and to truly enjoy the experience you need to stay there from opening till closing. You still may not get to see everything. They present things in a way that is interesting and fun. It's not just learing it makes you want to learn and thats the best way, especially for little kids.
I have been to many, many zoos across the nation. Overall I was disappointed in the San Diego Zoo. It is touted as the best in the U.S., but I believe they may have become complacent. The snake exhibit was out of the 50's. They animals had poor habitat and displayed poorly. The Gorilla Exhibit is old and tired (nothing like Omaha's). The zoo overall is good, but it doesn't live up to the hype. If you really want to see the best zoo in America, I would recommend Omaha or Atlanta. This one isn't it anymore.
So many wonderful animals, so much learning, and a whole day of being entertained! Great exercise if you walk it! We saw the elephants bathing, polar bears playing in the water with a ball, the new panda is less than one month old, and babie animals everywhere.
The SD Zoo is so much better than Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, and I grew up thinking Brookfield was the best. I like how easy it is to navigate your way around [much easier than Brookfield] and there are little shops everywhere to buy souvineers.
I can't wait to go back next month!
I recommend taking the bus/tram around the zoo. 5 hours walking this zoo kicked our butts! It is amazing and impressive and very hilly. Very steep inclines to hike up if you do it all on foot. Burgers and fries were surprisingly good. I recommend going early in the morning when it is cooler and the animals are more active.
If your going to spend the day at the zoo start early. Grab a map and take the bus tour thay way you can map out your day. 128 acres is a lot of walking so just hit the aminals you really want to see. The Pandas a great.
Food is BIG time pricey. If you can take snacks etc. I would. The best value is a collectors cup for $10 with free refills all day. We got one and shared it.
Its great fun and a wonderful walk.
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