Plan your visit
The San Diego Zoo is open every day of the year, rain or shine, including all holidays.
ZOO ENTRY WAIT TIME
Reservations are now required for entry.
Due to mandatory health screening and social distancing protocols, we must space our guests entering through the front gate. Wait time to enter the Zoo can fluctuate and could be up to one hour, especially on weekends and holidays. Please plan accordingly.
Weekday average wait time to enter: 20–25 minutes
Weekend and holiday average wait time to enter: 45–60 minutes
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101Directions 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.
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.
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.
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)!
SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK
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.
GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
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,
FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND
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.
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