Hours & Directions

Beat the rush and pre-purchase your tickets online, then bypass the front gate when you arrive and come right in to start your Zoo adventure!

Hours of Operation

Open every day of the year, including all holidays.

TODAY'S ZOO HOURS: 9:00 am-6:00 pm

April 2016

April 4 - 30

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

May 2016

May 1 - 25

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

May 26

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 27 - 31

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

June 2016

June 1 - 17

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

June 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 19 - 30

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

July 2016

July 1 - 31

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

August 2016

August 1 - 20

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

August 21 - 31

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

 

Directions

The San Diego Zoo is located at 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551. For general information call 619-231-1515. Distance between the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is 35 miles. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour travel time.


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Directions from the NORTH (southbound):

From Interstate 5 (Los Angeles and Orange County), take the Pershing Drive exit and follow the signs. From Interstate 15 (Escondido and Riverside), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.

Directions from the SOUTH (northbound):

From Interstate 5 (Mexico), take the State Route 163 north exit, then the Zoo/Museums (Richmond Street) exit and follow the signs.

Directions from the EAST (westbound):

From Interstate 8 (Imperial County and Arizona), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place.

From State Route 94, proceed into downtown San Diego to 11th Avenue. Turn right on 11th Avenue and proceed north to A Street. Turn right on A Street and then make a quick left onto Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.

Parking

Parking is free.

Public transportation

It’s easy to get here on public transit. Rapid 215 and Route 7 stop at the Zoo and are an easy connection in downtown from Amtrak and COASTER trains at the Santa Fe Depot, downtown hotels, the Cruise Ship Terminal, Blue, Orange, and Green Line Trolleys and other MTS bus routes. For fare and schedule information, call 511, or visit sdmts.com.

Families Save on MTS Family Weekends! On Saturday and Sunday two children (12 and under) ride MTS Bus and Trolley routes FREE with a paid adult (18 and over)!

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