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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tours

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, part of the larger San Diego Zoo, is an 1,800-acre (728-hectare) open-range park housing some 3,500 animals from about 430 species. The park’s open layout allows herds of giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and other animals indigenous to Africa to roam the re-created valley floor.
 
The Basics
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers many safe animal encounters, including photo caravan rides, balloon safaris, and safari tours that pull up right alongside various animals. Stand ringside at the cheetah run and experience the incredible speed of these big cats, or ride the Africa Tram, an open-air, soft-wheeled tram that carries you around a natural environment that feels like the African plains. Amphitheaters in the park feature shows and presentations throughout the day, such as keeper talks about the Sumatran tigers and flight shows featuring birds of prey. 
 
Some tours from San Diego offer transportation to both the main San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, as well as admission to one or both parks (typically over two days).
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo are 32 miles (52 kilometers) apart, about a 45-minute drive between the two.
  • Given San Diego’s sunny clime, take a sunhat and sunscreen.
  • Lockers and luggage storage are available.
  • Several restaurants inside the park sell food, or you can bring your own; picnic areas are available.
  • The park is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. An ADA shuttle transports guests with mobility challenges around the large park, and wheelchairs are available for rent.

How to Get There
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is 34 miles (54 kilometers) north of San Diego, in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido. Paid on-site parking is available.
 
When to Get There
The park is open daily year-round with general hours from 9am to 5pm. The park is enormous and the animals are often most active in the early morning, so arrive close to opening and plan to spend the whole day.
 
San Diego Zoo Safari Park for Kids
Kids love animals, so this wild animal park is a natural fit for little ones. Stroller rentals are available at the front of the park, and there are several play areas to burn off energy, including the Tiger Trail Play Area, the Village Playground, and the Savanna Cool Zone. Nairobi Village also includes a petting zoo and an animal nursery.
Address: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, San Diego, California 92027, USA
Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm, sometimes closes at 6pm
Admission: Adults: US$54, Children (3-11yrs): US$44
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Ticket

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Ticket

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The renowned San Diego Zoo Safari Park presents more than 3,500 animals roaming in large enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. Go on a safari adventure unlike any other outside of Africa itself, with exhibits inspired by the African Serengeti and the Asian Savanna. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Safari Park.
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San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Combo Tour Ticket

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Combo Tour Ticket

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View more than 4,000 animals roaming in large enclosures on a 2-day visit to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This admission ticket allows you to spend two days at the Zoo, or split your time between the Zoo and the Safari Park. At the zoo, see the diverse collection of animals, many of which are not present at other zoos in the United States. The Safari Park is inspired by the Serengeti Plains in Africa and the Asian plains and is home to lions, tigers, zebras, which you can see from the a 32-acre (13-hectare) safari trail. Access to all shows and exhibits, as well as use of all the in-park transportation, are included. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
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Go San Diego All-Inclusive City Pass: Access 55+ Attractions

Go San Diego All-Inclusive City Pass: Access 55+ Attractions

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Get the most out of your visit to San Diego with the Go San Diego™ All-Inclusive Pass, granting you access to over 55 top city attractions, tours and activities plus a range of great shopping and dining discounts. Check out the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, and LEGOLAND® California, or try kayaking and snorkeling in La Jolla. Save up to 46% off attraction admission prices and enjoy special offers and discounts at included retailers and restaurants. Best of all, there’s no voucher redemption necessary. Just save your pass on your mobile device and start the fun. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of days purchased.
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Go San Diego Explorer City Pass: Choose any 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

Go San Diego Explorer City Pass: Choose any 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

Discover San Diego with a multi-attraction city pass that gives you free admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions and tours. The Go San Diego Explorer pass saves you up to 60% compared to normal ticket prices, and is valid for 60 days from your first attraction visit. Explore top attractions like the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Natural History Museum, USS Midway Museum, or enjoy popular activities like speedboat tours and full-day bike rentals at La Jolla or Coronado Beach. Your Explorer pass is fully-digital so you'll be able to download it to your mobile device or print it at home, and enjoy contactless entry to your choice of attractions. Please note: You can now enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans change. All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for 2 years from purchase and only become activated with your first visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are San Diego Zoo Safari Park hours of operation?
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park hours of operation: Open daily 9am - 5pm, sometimes closes at 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since San Diego Zoo Safari Park can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit San Diego Zoo Safari Park 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to San Diego Zoo Safari Park costs USD 60.00. Guided San Diego Zoo Safari Park tours start around USD 60.00 per person. See all 2 San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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