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#7. Visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

© 2008 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by permission.
The San Diego Zoo's sister park offers a different kind of animal experience. Its name (Safari Park) is the clue and it indeed offers a more safari-like experience. Lots of large animals live in the same big, open areas here - predators kept away from prey, but otherwise much as they would in their natural habitat.

The highlight is the safari-style tour, which may be the closest many of us will ever come to seeing these critters in the wild. Besides that, you'll find lots of other animals also in natural environments, including a pride of lions. At the Petting Kraal, you can get some hands-on time with the tamest critters.

Besides regular admission activities, the Safari Park offers overnight sleepovers, photography tours and other experiences - for an extra fee.

The Safari Park is 35 miles north of downtown San Diego and the only practical way to get there is by driving.

Pros and Cons

Our favorite Safari Park experience is the safari tour, where we enjoy seeing the animals together.

On the downside, it's hot in summer and the distance from town adds more than an hour to the visit, making it likely to be the only thing you do all day long. If you're opposed to animals in captivity, this place is not for you.

More About the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

If you're convinced you want to go, buy your tickets online ahead of time. You can save a little money and you won't have to wait in line. You can also get your ticket for the San Diego Zoo at the same time.

If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It will tell you about hours, how to get tickets, admission discounts, how to get there and the best time to go.

Take a photo tour of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to see what it's like

See where it is on a map. It's the purple-colored pin with a dot in the middle.

Don't Take Our Word For It

See how others rate the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - from Yuck! to Awesome! For your reference, everyone's taste is different and our readers are a fussy bunch, with the best-rated attractions getting about 60% Awesome votes
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