From the pier, a brief ride takes you to 1,200-acre Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park and home to the San Diego Zoo. You’ll have app. 7 hours of free time to explore the zoo. It is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, representing more than 800 species and subspecies. It is also home to a stunning botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. With an expansive 100 acres, you’ll have several options to explore the park. Ride the guided double-decker bus past major highlights or board the Skyfari Aerial Tram and enjoy the stunning views from above the lush treetops and open-air exhibits. You will also learn about animals that lived in Southern California 12,000 years ago and then meet their living counterparts at The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. This new 7 1/2-acre, multispecies habitat features elephants, California condors, jaguars and more. At the Wegeforth Bowl and Hunte Amphitheatre, watch animals such as sea lions and wolves as they demonstrate their natural behaviors. Visit the viewing areas in the Children's Zoo, designed to ensure that everyone can the most out of the experience. Probably the most popular feature of the San Diego Zoo is the famous giant panda family, consisting of three pandas. Though best known for its animals, the exotic plants are the most valuable collection at the zoo. Exhibits have been created to mimic the native habitats of the animals and you will see everything from polar bears in the Arctic tundra to okapis in the Ituri Forest and bonobos in the jungles of the Congo. These realistic enclosures give you a sense of how these magnificent animals live out in the world. At the end of your visit, you’ll meet your guide for the return trip to the pier.
- No meals or guided tours are included; only transportation and a guide en route and on-site for safety and standard entry to the zoo.