Plan your visit

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Temporarily Closed

In following the guidance set forth from the Governor’s Office, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are temporarily closed.

We continue to have essential and dedicated staff on grounds at both parks, ensuring that the wildlife in our care continue to thrive. The urgent nature of our work to save species is unchanged, even in the face of this pandemic. Species will continue to disappear from the planet at an accelerated rate if we do not remain steadfast in fulfilling our mission. We keep at the forefront of our thoughts the well-being of these dedicated employees and the many volunteers who make our parks such special places to visit. We look forward to the day we get to welcome our guests back.

The information below will apply at our reopening.  Please continue to check this page for updates.


Let us answer your questions and help create your day at the Zoo!  Search our extensive FAQ, chat with our 24 hour virtual assistant, or call us Monday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time.  

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Hours Not Available

The San Diego Zoo is open every day of the year, rain or shine, including all holidays.

African penguins
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Plan Your Visit

The Zoo is temporarily operating at reduced capacity. Reservations are now required for entry.


Important Note: All Guests must pass through the our Health Screening check prior to entry. Wait times can fluctuate and will be busier on weekends and peak visitation times. Please plan accordingly.

Map showing location of the Zoo


2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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 parking 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 to the Zoo parking lot.

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 parking 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 parking entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.


Parking is free in the lot in front of the Zoo. Additional free parking is available throughout Balboa Park

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)!

Giraffes at the Safari Park
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017

The Safari Park is the San Diego Zoo’s sister park to the northeast in Escondido. 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.

Purchase a two-park pass here

Rex the lion sculpture at the San Diego Zoo entrance.


Our Guest Services Office is located at the Zoo’s main entrance.

Open Daily to closing.

For information on the services and assistance we provide our guests on San Diego Zoo grounds, click here.

Guests walking through Africa Rocks.


The San Diego Zoo welcomes all guests. We have several services to help guests with disabilities enjoy their visit. The Zoo provides special parking, rest rooms, and access to shows, tour buses, and exhibits for guests with disabilities. Please note there are steep grades in parts of the Zoo. A complimentary ADA shuttle service operates inside the Zoo for guests with mobility-related disabilities. Guests who use mobility assistive devices may also refer to the Zoo map for ADA pathways and elevators. 

For full Zoo guest disability services and policies, 
click here.

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Navigating the zoo has never been easier with the San Diego Zoo app! Follow the map to one of the preset walking paths or find directions to your favorite animal.  The GPS-enabled app map will keep you on the right path. 

Apple iOS download here.
Android download here.

Want to view the Zoo map on your desktop
or mobile device browser?

  • Open the PDF here
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