It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Anaheim to the zoo. Guests can then explore the zoo at their own pace as long as they are back on the bus before it leaves. There are numerous open-air exhibits with animals that include zebras, monkeys, polar bears, and giraffes. Guests can sometimes see the workers feed the animals. There are special events held at the zoo during the year, such as a Halloween celebration. Some of the exhibits are designed so that guests can see the animals closer while others are larger and feature more animals that are spread out. The Lost Forest features birds of prey and other animals that sometimes have a frightening reputation. Africa Rocks is where guests can see animals that include lions and sun bears.
After walking through the San Diego Zoo, guests can visit one of the souvenir shops or get something to eat at one of the restaurants or food vendors. There are transportation options in the zoo for guests who don't want to walk the entire distance. The trip back to Anaheim is a time when guests can relax or discuss the trip.
You'll be picked up from your Anaheim hotel in the morning for a comfortable 1.5-hour drive south to the San Diego Zoo. With your admission ticket, enjoy a full day exploring this world-class zoo at your own pace.
As you wander past the open-air exhibits, marvel at some of Mother Nature's most amazing creatures. You'll get up-close views of your favorite animals and maybe also discover some new ones! See gorillas and birds of prey in the 'Lost Forest', meerkats and big cats in 'Africa Rocks' and sun bears and macaques in the 'Asian Passage.' Watch massive polar bears swim in frigid waters and rare giant pandas lazing and eating in 'Panda Canyon'.
As a leader in animal conservation, the San Diego Zoo strives to create replicas of natural habitats to allow the animals to coexist, giving you an unparalleled view of the many wild kingdoms of the world.
At the end of the day, rest your feet on the relaxing drive back to your Anaheim hotel.
See below for a list of some of the San Diego Zoo's attractions.
Pickup & Return:
Pickup is available from select Anaheim hotels.
Returns to original departure point.
Departure Times: 9am
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Some of the attractions at the San Diego Zoo include:
Monkey Trails and Forest Tales:
The most elaborate and ambitious animal habitat history is ushering in a new era at San Diego Zoo. Joan B. Kroc's Monkey Trails and Forest Tales is home to more than 30 species of African and Asian birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, some of the world's most exotic and endangered wildlife. You can enjoy a three-dimensional journey into the depths of a tropical forest and a new understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. An elevated walkway located across from the Zoo entrance takes you directly through the tree canopy where you will encounter some of the most rare and endangered monkeys on Earth.
Giant Panda Research Station:
The San Diego Zoo has had a love affair with giant pandas ever since two of the black-and-white bears came to visit in 1987. After years of red tape and tons of application paperwork, the Zoo and China agreed on a 12-year research loan of two giant pandas, Bai Yun and Gao Gao. A brand-new exhibit area was built for the panda guests, which has since been expanded and renovated and is now called the Giant Panda Research Station. Although currently housing three giant pandas, the facility can comfortably house up to six! Next to the public panda viewing area is the building that houses the Giant Panda Team, made up of the pandas' keepers and researchers.
Polar Bear Plunge:
At first thought, a polar bear in sunny San Diego seems curiously out of place. But with the San Diego Zoo's Polar Bear Plunge, you'll discover that polar bears are right at home, where every day is an Arctic summer day. From the underwater viewing room you can see how agile and playful the polar bears really are. In fact, they're known to swim right up to the glass to check out all the humans on display. Polar Bear Plunge is one of the largest polar bear exhibits in the world. It's wet and it's wild - polar bear style!
Mesmerizing and gorgeous but also endangered, the Malayan tigers are always a pleasure to watch. Their exhibit was designed to closely resemble a natural jungle habitat and was built on a steep slope that gives the tigers plenty of exercise. A waterfall splashing into a pool and logs to climb on or use as scratching posts give the tigers a variety of things to do. A heated cave near a viewing window encourages the tigers to spend their nap-time close to curious tiger admirers.
There are more than 30 special animal exhibits and activities designed with the younger visitor in mind. The animal nursery has large viewing windows to let you watch animal babies being bottle-fed or cuddled by our caring keepers. The Children's Zoo has animals not found anywhere else on Zoo grounds such as wombats, spider monkeys and the ever-fascinating naked mole-rats.
Sun Bear Forest:
Surrounded by the fantastic sights, sounds and scents of the Asian tropical rain forest, you may forget the hectic jungle of the city for a moment. Lose yourself in this forest in the city, where naturalistic enclosures and thousands of exotic plants combine to help animals and Zoo visitors alike experience life in an Asian forest. Bornean sun bears, the smallest bears in the world, are one of the most enjoyable animals to observe, especially in the natural setting of Sun Bear Forest. Here, the sun bears, named for the golden crescents on their chests, display their frolicsome nature. Extremely agile and often comical, sun bears are great tree climbers and make excellent use of their enclosure's climbing structures.
With their flamboyant color and amusing behaviors, flamingos make the perfect welcoming committee at San Diego Zoo! The Flamingo Lagoon features two separate viewing areas, affording a choice of vantage points. One area features an elevated walkway where you can look down into the exhibit instead of across it at eye level.
The Owens Rain Forest Aviary offers bird lovers an up-close look at more than 200 feathered friends representing 60 species and about 180 birds. The free-flight aviary simulates the sights and sounds of a real Southeast Asian jungle environment. It focuses on exotic species from Southeast Asia and Australia, including flowers, ferns and foliage indigenous to that region.
For decades the orangutans and siamangs at the San Diego Zoo have delighted visitors with their colorful personalities and intriguing vocalizations. Now, the two families of apes, indigenous to the same Asian rain forest ecosystem, share a habitat at the Zoo. Absolutely Apes provides a lush, naturalistic environment where arboreal orangutans and siamangs can climb, swing, and live in the same terrain as they would in the wild.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Admission ticket
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants are free of charge considering they are lap children. If you require a seat for your infant, you must purchase a seat at a child rate.
- Infant seats are not provided
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- This is a transportation and admission package. You must present your voucher upon hotel pickup; your voucher will not be accepted at the San Diego Zoo.