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Upgraded Experiences

Inside Look Tours


At a Glance

Private buyout tours available. Advance reservation required: Call 619-718-3000.

  • Adults, kids, teens, seniors
  • 2 hours, offered daily
  • Penguins, koalas, elephants, and more!
    (All animals subject to availability)
  • Different off-exhibit visits with each tour.
  • View Safety Restrictions
    Wear comfortable shoes. Some tours require walking to visit several exclusive areas. Maximum of two children per adult; children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult. All tour participants require a ticket, regardless of age.
  • The Inside Look tour is an entertaining and educational two-hour private adventure—perfect for a family outing—offering guided views and interesting information about how we take care of our wildlife. It is filled with experiences and stories you can’t get anywhere else.

    You’ll meet your guide, and then enjoy being escorted around the Zoo in a deluxe private cart that has been outfitted with special screens, to socially distance your family from the guide. Pricing is for the entire cart, up to six household members allowed. Admission is separate and required.

    *Our animal experiences are subject to change, based on the animals’ health and safety needs.

    Inside Look: Surprise

    This two-hour private tour is guaranteed to thrill and amaze! During your Surprise tour, your guide will escort your group to a variety of locations throughout the Zoo, to see our wildlife up close and share stories of wildlife care and conservation. No two tours are ever the same! This tour includes special experiences at two different animal habitats, and can include areas not accessible to the public.

    Early morning tours are now available! Enter the Zoo before it opens for the day and start your tour early by booking the 8:30 a.m. Inside Look Surprise Tour!

    For all ages.

    NEW!  Inside Look: Polar Bears & Friends

    Start your day with an educational adventure for the whole household! Get exclusive access to our polar bear habitat, just as the bears set out to explore their territory in the morning. Learn how we care for these charismatic bears here at the Zoo, and how we are supporting their survival in the Arctic. This two-hour adventure also includes a tour around the Zoo with stops to visit some of our other animals up close!

    For all ages.


    Child's tiger facemark, adult koala mask, child's polar bear.

    Face Masks

    In Child and Adult sizes!
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    Polarized Cheetah Sunglasses ($30)

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    Creature Comforts