San Diego Zoo provides multiple options starting from taking the zoo guided tours to attending animal shows, encounters. Besides, there are various things to do inside the zoo, and it does not matter what time of year you visit the zoo.
There are multiple animal areas connected by trails; some of them are wheelchair accessible. Each path is marked with time, distance, and level of difficulty to navigate. Visitors should see Scripps Aviary, the Polar Bear Plunge, Tiger River, the Elephant Odyssey, the Australian Outback trails, and the underwater view of the hippopotamus pond.
San Diego Zoo features some special programs for visitors fun and entertainment, as well as exciting guided tours, play areas, and kid programs.
Guided Bus Tour
San Diego Guided Bus Tour is available from 9 am to 5 pm every day. Visitors can get into a double-decker bus and enjoy a 35-minute tour. Visitors can get Go San Diego Card, by which the adult members of the annual Pass will pay $13, for a child aged between 3-11 will pay $10. The payment involves a daily, unlimited ride on both the Guided Bus Tour and Kangaroo Bus.
The Kangaroo Bus allows visitors to pick-up and drop-off at four different stops in the zoo. The bus is available from 10:30 am until closing time.
San Diego Zoo provides self-guided botanical tours for visitors to allow them to explore spectacular plant collections and gardens any time they choose. In gardens, visitors can find Australian Outback, Elephant Odyssey Trees, Fern Canyon, Monkey Trails, while in the collections area, there are Cycad, Bamboo, and Orchid trees.
Skyfari Aerial Tram
In San Diego Zoo, visitors can take an airborne tram to enjoy amazing views of the whole zoo. Guests must be aware that oversized, jogging and double strollers are not permitted since the tram can not accommodate it. Besides, children aged below eight years must be accompanied by a parent or another adult.
San Diego Zoo features 4-D theater, along with the animal, shows hosted by zookeepers. Shows are entertaining and informative, which allows guests to get closer to many of the zoo's famous creatures.
There are various programs provided for children who visit the San Diego Zoo. Below there is a list of the available programs:
- Zoo Corps - the program for teenagers (aged 13-17) who want to experience in wildlife conservation, public speaking, and education. There are discovery stations equipped with artifacts, literature, props, biofacts, and interactive games. Zoo staff talks about topics such as animal care, wildlife, habitats, saving species, and much more. The program fee costs $180.
- Kids' Wild Night Out - the program with Dr. Zoolittle and his animal friends allows children to meet animals, enjoy a snack, create cool Zoo-themed crafts, and do much more exciting things on their visit. The program fee is $40. Children until Grade 5 can access the program. For reservations, parents should call 619-718-3000.