Zoo and Wildlife Parks in San Diego
With year-round sunshine, San Diego's attractions are all about the outdoors. Enjoy rides, shows and characters at both SeaWorld and Legoland theme parks with kids (or without). It's easy to spend an entire day wandering the gorgeous grounds and museums of Balboa Park, so pack a picnic or dine at The Prado. Around the corner, the famous San Diego Zoo entertains all ages between the cuddly pandas, Skyfari aerial tram, polar bears and more.
San Diego Zoo, famous around the world for both its animal and plant collections, offers a close hand look at rare pandas, mighty elephants, tiger families, playful hippos, etc., in naturally-designed enclosures. Graceful giraffes, leaping gazelles and hefty rhinos roam through the hills and canyons of San Diego’s backcountry at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, where the activity can be viewed from the comfort of a tram.
SeaWorld San Diego offers both an educational, entertaining, and up close and personal view of a wide variety of sea creatures, from dolphins and whales to penguins and sharks. Legoland California keeps adding to its more than 60 rides, shows and attractions for kids, including the Sea Life Carlsbad aquarium and an interactive water park. The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego boasts eco-friendly architecture and is a fun-filled as well as educational playground for children of all ages.
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most famous zoos in the United States. The zoo has all kinds of exotic animals, including pandas, which have been successfully bred here. It is spread out along a canyon, with many hills that can sometimes be challenging for visitors wandering through the site. The park prides itself on the animal enclosures, which are designed to recreate natural settings.
SeaWorld San Diego is one of the city's main attractions, particularly for families. It is located along the waterfront in Mission Bay. For many Americans, SeaWorld has been a longtime family tradition, having been around since the 1960s. Among the highlights are shows featuring killer whales, sea lions, dolphins, and other sea life. There are all kinds of rides, from roller coasters plowing into water to more sedate carnival type rides for tots.