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San Diego Zoo
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) 234-3153.
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 12th Avenue. Turn right on 12th Avenue (which turns into Park Blvd.) and proceed north. Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place.
From downtown: Take any outbound #7 bus. The bus will travel north on Park Blvd. to a stop at Zoo Place.
From East San Diego and La Mesa: Take any inbound (Downtown) #7 bus. The bus will travel west on University Avenue and turn south onto Park Blvd. to a stop at Zoo Place.
From inland North County: Ask for the Express Bus when calling (800) COMMUTE (1-800-266-6883).
Guests with disabilities: The San Diego Zoo provides special parking, rest rooms, telephones (including TDD at the Security Office), and access to shows, tour buses, and exhibits for guests with disabilities . There are ASL "signed" bus tours available for the hearing impaired; please call in advance to arrange for an interpreter (619) 231-1515, ext. 4318. Please note there are steep grades in parts of the Zoo, and assistance is recommended for those with limited mobility. A free shuttle bus operates inside the Zoo for those with limited mobility. Click here for more disabled access information at the San Diego Zoo. Note: For information about service animal access, please call (619) 231-1515, ext. 4200, Monday through Friday.
Rentals: Strollers, lockers, and motorized wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance. Prices: strollers, $9; double strollers, $14; wheelchairs, $10; electric scooters, $35 (membership number or state identification card number is required).
Lockers: Coin-operated lockers are available to guests on grounds behind the Reptile House , near Wegeforth Bowl.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs): These conveniences are located near the front of the Reptile House, at the Treehouse Trader, and next to the Canyon Café.
Kennels: There are no kennels provided for pets.
Security Office and Lost and Found: Visit our Security Office, located at the Zoo's main entrance, if you have lost an item or child. Open daily to closing.
First Aid: A staffed first-aid station is located on the north side of the Zoo's Reptile House. Open daily to closing
Guided Bus Tours in Spanish and French are available for groups of 20 or more with advanced notice. There are ASL "signed" bus tours available for the hearing impaired; please call in advance to arrange for an interpreter: (619) 231-1515, ext. 4318.
Skyfari aerial tram
Balboa Park Miniature Railroad
Special Tours: Take your group of 15 or more people on a special tour! These guided tours are offered with various topics to suit your group's interests. Call Reservation Sales at (619) 718-3000 or (800) 407-9534 to get pricing for your group size.
V.I.P. Tours: Take a 2 1/2-hour tour with a guide and explore behind-the-scenes areas in a private cart or bus. We'll customize the tour to meet your special interests as much as possible. Call (619) 718-3000 or (800) 407-9534 for prices and availability.
Sunrise Surprise Strolls: Adults can enjoy up-to-the-minute Zoo encounters that change each month.
Summer Camp: Kids in grades K–7 can explore the wonderful world of animals through five-day adventures. Winter Camp and Spring Camp are also offered.
Parent-participation Programs: KinderNights allows youngsters ages 3–6 to wear their comfy PJs, bring their cuddliest stuffed critter, and snuggle up with their favorite grownup while meeting some special critters, learning fun stuff, and munching on a bedtime snack. A morning version is also available.
Sleepovers: Spend the night at the Zoo during one of our many themed overnight adventures. Safari Sleepovers are offered July and August; specially themed sleepovers for Halloween, Mother's Day, and Father's Day are also offered. Visit our Upcoming Events page for dates, pricing, and availability or call (619) 718-3000 or (800) 407-9534.
Special Speakers: Wildlife experts share their stories during these presentations, offered throughout the year
Treehouse Café: Also in the Treehouse complex, the Treehouse Café, with its spectacular views from multilevel decks, offers a variety of hot entrées, salads, and sandwiches. Enjoy spaghetti and meatballs, BBQ ribs, chicken enchiladas, and more.
Canyon Café: Located next to the Giant Panda Research Station , the Canyon Café offers Mexican specialties including our popular carne asada burritos, tasty fish tacos, appetizing taco salads, and hot lobster quesadillas. Charbroiled hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian selections, and kid's meals are also available.
Sydney's Grill: Nestled between the koala and elephant exhibits, Sydnye's Grill offers a variety of hot entrées such as chicken fajitas, fish and chips, and rice bowls as well as delicious sandwiches including tri-tip steak, charbroiled chicken, and bacon cheeseburgers. This menu also includes entrée-sized salads, wraps, and fresh fruit as well as ice cream, specialty desserts, and beverages including juice, soft drinks, beer, and wine. Come enjoy our shaded dining area while watching the elephants.
Flamingo Café: Located just inside the Zoo's entrance, the Café provides temperature-controlled indoor dining with a great view of the Flamingo Lagoon and main plaza. We serve all your breakfast favorites until 11 a.m. daily. For lunch, try our delicious paninis, our gourmet sandwiches such as club, tuna, sun-dried tomato chicken, and tri-tip steak served on foccocia, ciabatta, or European roll. Also available are entrée–sized salads, rice bowls with chicken and vegetable toppings, and superb wraps.
Raintree Grill: Across from the Reptile House , Raintree Grill serves individual pizzas, fried chicken, chicken taquitos, BBQ pork riblet sandwichs, burgers, and broiled chicken sandwiches, as well as a wide variety of kid's meals. Try the beer battered fish and chips.
Children's Zoo Cupboard: Adjacent to the Children's Zoo , The Cupboard serves Hebrew National all-beef hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, and chicken tenders, as well as kid's meals. Treat your youngsters to a soft-serve ice cream or refreshing ICEE for dessert. Enjoy the adjacent Children's Zoo Picnic Area.
Lagoon Terrace: Next to Flamingo Café . The Lagoon Terrace offers fresh baked individual pizzas, all-beef hot dogs, chili-in-a-bread boats, super nachos, and meatball sandwiches. This outdoor dinning patio overlooks a lovely garden and lagoon.
Safari Kitchen: The kitchen is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of our newest exhibit, Monkey Trails and Forest Tales . The menu includes hardy hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and beer-battered fish and chips.
Pandas: our world-famous celebrities