Founded in 1916, the San Diego Zoo was a pioneer establishment when it came to “cageless” animal exhibits. Today, it’s home to over 3,500 animals, all in natural enclosures. Conservation is the name of the game these days, and the zoo works with over 300 conservation scientists around the world.
This massive zoo is an attraction that draws people from all over the country. Maybe you’ve been planning a trip to the San Diego Zoo for some time, or maybe it just occurred to you to visit while you’re in town. Whatever the case, here are a few tips to get the most out of your zoo trip.
Check the Schedule First
Some things, like the animals, remain constant at the San Diego Zoo. However, there’s a constant rotation of special events and exciting features that are very much based on the days you choose to go. If you’re planning your trip in advance, you can check the events schedule to see what events call to you the most and schedule your trip for that time. This may also be the best time to choose the animals you’d like to see the most so you can prioritize the stops on your trip.
Show Up Early
San Diego is a big city, and the San Diego Zoo is one of the biggest attractions. That means there’s likely to be big crowds. If you want to avoid waiting in line for long periods of time, the best thing to do is show up early. The lines will be shorter, the temperature will be cooler, and you’ll have more time to actually explore rather than waiting in line.
Visit on a Weekday If You Can
Another way to beat the crowds? Try visiting the zoo on a weekday. Weekends tend to be the busiest times for zoogoers. Tourists are often in town for a weekend, and locals have time off work to visit the zoo on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re able to visit on a Wednesday or Thursday, you’ll likely be met with fewer crowds. However, keep in mind that you might run into students on a field trip if you choose a weekday for your zoo trip.
Look For Discount Tickets
You want to be able to have as much to spend on attractions, food, and the gift shop as you can, so why not try to save when it comes to your tickets? We’ve written a blog before about finding discounted tickets to San Diego attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. Bundled tickets are a common option, getting tickets for multiple attractions at a lower cost than buying them individually. You can also check coupon apps like Groupon for deals on zoo tickets or tickets to other attractions.
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