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San Diego Zoo

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Penguins and rare plant life are just a hint of what you’ll see when you visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Throughout its 100 acres, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled around the world as you see some of the most intriguing and rarely-seen animals lounge in their natural, expansive habitats. With more than 4,000 animals representing 800 species, the San Diego Zoo stands out among other zoos for its diverse wildlife citizens.

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See hippos swimming alongside buffalos and koalas climbing in Eucalyptus trees. And that’s just the beginning. Lush, tropical pathways are thriving with botanical species that are both beautiful and exotic. Over 6,500 different types of plant-life are a spectacle not to be missed.

To see most of the Zoo without having to walk the entire distance, the 35-minute double-decker bus tour is a great option. You’ll enjoy a comfortable ride through 75% of the zoo, while a trained guide provides facts and information about the exhibits, animals and habitats. And with your bus-tour ticket, you’ll also have access to the Express Bus, which makes numerous stops every 20 minutes throughout the zoo. Guests can hop on or off the Express Bus at any stop along the way. Or, if you prefer a wilder ride, the Skyfari Aerial Tram can take you from one end of the zoo to the other in record time. It’s a fun adventure and the views below are stupendous.

Whether you’re walking, riding or flying through, you’re likely to get an appetite while visiting the San Diego Zoo. Unique restaurants and cafes are scattered throughout the grounds, many with open-air seating among the zoo’s amazing natural beauty. Snack carts and other treats are also available in various locations. And be sure to pick up a keepsake from your visit; there are several gift shops in the zoo, some featuring unique items like African art objects, jewelry, clothing, books and more. Tickets may also be purchased from ticket sellers in Old Town – Stop A.

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