The “World Famous” San Diego Zoo is a must on many visitors' lists when vacationing in Southern California. Both the Zoo and its sister park- San Diego Zoo Safari Park- have some great discounts to help keep your costs at a minimum.
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Before planning your trip, take a look at some of the offerings available to both out-of-state vacationers and locals.
San Diego Zoo Parking Fees
The San Diego Zoo actually offers free parking! The front parking lot can accommodate a larger number of vehicles and the overflow parking throughout Balboa park is at no cost as well. San Diego Zoo Safari Park charges visitors $15 for vehicles and $20 for RVs. Preferred parking (weekends and holidays only) is $33 per vehicle.
San Diego Zoo Admission Prices
There are a multitude of ticket packages to choose from for both parks. Both at-gate and looking outside the park at wholesale stores and a few travel companies, potential visitors can find some great deals.
San Diego Zoo At-Gate Prices
San Diego Zoo's at-gate costs for 1-day passes include admission, a guided bus tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari Aerial Tram, and all regularly scheduled performances. Adults (ages 12 and up) cost $56, and children (ages 3-11) are $46. Kids under the age of three are free. For an additional six-dollars per ticket, guests can also experience one of the three 4-D theater experiences – Happy Feet, The Martian, or Rio.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park At-Gate Prices
The at-gate ticket sales for one-day passes at the Zoo Safari Park include admission, the Africa Tram, Cheetah Run, and all regularly scheduled shows. Adults (ages 12 and up) cost $56, and children (ages 3-11) are $46. Again, children two and younger are of no cost.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Package Options
At the Zoo Safari Park, there are several safari packages guests can add onto their admission ticket.
- $54 for the Cart Safari and Jungle Ropes Safari
- $59 for the Cheetah Safari
- $79 for the Flightline Safari
- $89 for the Behind-the-Scenes Safari
- $125 for the Caravan Safari
- $145 for the Roar and Snore Overnight
- $690 for the customized Ultimate Safari.
Again, safaris do not include admission prices.
San Diego Zoo Multi-Day Passes
Both San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park offer discounts between the two parks or with memberships.
The 2-day pass INCLUDES- one visit to San Diego Zoo AND San Diego Zoo Safari Park, or two days at the same park of your choice. Prices are $89.60 for adults and $79.60 for children.
San Diego Zoo Memberships and Annual Passes
Memberships, or annual passes, to the Zoos are available in different tiers.
Includes a full year of free, unlimited admission to BOTH the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari park, the Skyfari Tram, and the Africa Tram and is only valid in zip codes 91900-92899.
- The adult annual ticket base starts at $112 for one person and $174 for two adults in the same household. The San Diego Zoo Kids club level price is $56 per year for kids ages 3-17.
The annual pass also includes several savings options including two- 50% off Super Admission coupons.
The most popular membership level is the Keepers Club which includes the above mentioned PLUS free parking, guest passes, and discounts on food and merchandise.
- The price of $234 is the same for either one adult or two adults in the same household. Valid only in zip codes 91900-92899.
San Diego 3-for-1 Pass
San Diego 3-for-1 pass INCLUDES- one visit each to Sand Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari park, and SeaWorld San Diego. The pass is valid for seven consecutive days upon purchase and cost $149 for adults and $139 for children. You need not live in specific zip codes for this pass.
Go San Diego Card
The Go San Diego Card is a 3-day pass that includes admission to the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND®, SeaWorld San Diego, and 35 other attractions. Guests must visit all attractions desired to within three days of first use of the pass and costs $207 for adults and $189 for children. Costco online offers the most popular 3-day passes or you can purchase them on the San Diego Zoo website.
We have found a Disney-approved ticket reseller that has partnered with us to offer exclusive discounts just for MickeyVisit.com readers.
The best discounts available for park tickets are from the authorized ticket reseller, Get Away Today. Not only do they have better discounts than the other resellers, but the customer service and easy support is absolutely fantastic. They have an entire department dedicated to making sure every order has a 10/10 experience. When a customer shared that having tickets in advance would improve their experience, Get Away Today committed to physically sending the tickets to their guests so they can avoid the lines at the ticket booths.
To offer these discounts, Get Away Today purchases huge blocks of tickets and breaks them up to sell to guests.
Through our exclusive partnership, we are able to offer the lowest priced tickets. Check out the Get Away Today website for information on all ticket discounts. These discounts are exclusively available to Mickey Visit readers. You have to click through our private links to unlock exclusive access to these lower prices (if you just go directly to the Get Away Today website you will just see their normal prices).
All 2019 tickets are now being sent electronically which means guests will take either their phone or printed confirmation straight to the gate. There will be no need to go to a ticket booth to pick-up will call tickets and no way to leave physical tickets at home. Book your tickets at least two days before your arrival to ensure that they are processed in time for the first day of your vacation.
Get Away Today also offers layaway plans with an additional fee of $99 that allows guests to make as many payments as you would like on your vacation up to five days before the departure date. The first payment requires a minimum payment of $175, including the layaway plan fee, guests can then decide how many payments they’d like to make. The vacation is held until the final payment is made which makes this a great option for families to be able to plan and save for their vacation.
Outside San Diego Zoo/Safari Ticket Discounts
SOCAL City Pass Ticket Discounts
If you plan on hitting the Southern California theme parks BIG TIME, look into this pass which includes Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks 3-day hopper passes, one-day passes at SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND, and either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Prices tally in at $411 for adults and children (3-9) at $381. The pass is available at City Pass website.
*Currently the City Pass is no longer being offered.
Miscellaneous San Diego Zoo Ticket Discounts
Like most theme parks across Southern California, both San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park offer smaller discounts for a variety of guests.
Military Ticket Discounts
Current, active military personnel are admitted free (one-day pass) upon presenting valid military ID. Spouses and dependents receive 10% off the one-day admission fee with valid dependent ID card. Military personnel need not be present for spouse and dependents to utilize the discount. Retirees and military veterans may check with local military bases for discount packages.
Student/Senior Ticket Discounts
Both students 12 and older, and seniors ages 65 and up, receive a 10% discount on one-day admission passes. Each guest must show valid ID in order to receive the discount.
AAA Ticket Ticket Discounts
Current AAA card holders will receive the 10% discount on the one-day adult pass price. This is valid for up to six people in a group.
Travel Agents/Airline/Cruise Line Employee Ticket Discounts
The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park recognizes those in the travel industry by also providing a slight discount on the one-day admission ticket. With valid ID, travel agents, airline, and cruise line personnel and one accompanying guest will receive the 10% discount.
Kids Free October Ticket Discounts
Each year, San Diego attractions offer a KIDS FREE everything for the month of October. For the San Diego Zoo parks, this option is unlimited between October 1st and October 31st for kids ages 3-11. Enjoy!
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