Kids go free in October when accompanied by a paying adult! Spend an enjoyable day visiting the famous San Diego Zoo, home to over 4,500 rare and endangered animals, in addition to a vast botanical collection.
What to Expect
Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo, home to over 4,500 rare and endangered animals and experience their worlds at the Panda Canyon, Polar Bear Plunge, Elephant Odyssey, and other areas.
The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is well known for its naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters. Approximately 700 species and subspecies of animals and over 700,000 plants are represented here.
Some of the animals making their home at the Zoo include koalas, Sichuan takins, Buerger’s tree kangaroos, Arctic foxes, Galápagos tortoises, Indian gharial, pangolin, Visayan warty pigs, collared lories, Micronesian kingfishers, Bali mynahs, and sun bears.
Visit the Panda Canyon–one of the Zoo’s most popular areas. You can trek through bamboo forests and learn about animals that share habitat with the giant panda including takins, red pandas and the Mangshan pit viper.
The Zoo’s 17 Galápagos tortoises are now at home at the Fetter Family Galápagos Tortoise Exhibit. When keepers are present, guests can pet and occasionally feed the tortoises over a short rock barrier.
At the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge you can get closer to polar bears than ever before. Climb aboard an Arctic research helicopter, crawl into a bear den, or measure yourself against the size of a polar bear.
The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey is a 7.5-acre habitat and a first-of-its-kind experience. This area combines the fun of a zoo with the experience of a museum by creating an untamed landscape of animals from the past and present.
Let your wild ones meet the Zoo’s wild ones at Kids Free Days throughout October! All Children 11 and under can enjoy 101 things to do at the San Diego Zoo!
- Admission to the San Diego Zoo
- Express bus
- Guided bus tour
- Skyfari aerial tram
- Children's Zoo
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Food and drink
Please bring your San Diego Zoo Tickets (not your GetYourGuide Voucher) to 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego. Please proceed directly to the turnstiles, you do not have to stand in line at the ticket booth.
Know Before You Go
You will receive actual entrance tickets in a separate email. Your GetYourGuide voucher cannot be used for entrance. You may bypass the ticketing window and go directly to the entrance point with your tickets.
Please check the zoo's website for operating hours.
All children come for free in the month of October when accompanied by an adult who has purchased an adult ticket. There is no limit on the amount of free child admissions per paid adult - within reason, for proper supervision. This offer is valid for children ages 11 and under. Qualifying children entering for free will not need a ticket. The zoo's Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Tram are not included with kids' free entrance and must be purchased separately at the zoo.