Hotels Near the San Diego Zoo
A trip to San Diego is rarely complete without a trip to our world famous San Diego Zoo. When considering hotels near the San Diego Zoo, don’t leave out the Hotel Marisol Coronado. We are located an easy ten minute ride or drive away.
The Zoo isn’t just for kids! It has the largest zoological membership in the world, with 250,000 member households. As part of its mission to save species worldwide, it is home to over 3,000 rare and endangered animals. Its breeding programs have reintroduced 43 species to the wild, helping to save California condors, giant pandas, rhinos and more.
It may be difficult to see the whole zoo in just one day. Fortunately, the zoo provides a great Guided Bus Tour, free with admission. It covers about 70% of the zoo and takes about 35 minutes. You can pick out the zoo enclosures you wish to visit on foot.
If you prefer to customize your zoo visit further, the zoo offers a "Plan Your Day" option online, where you can pick your favorite animals to visit, from a list of 64 popular animals. From Amur Leopard to Zebra, with 62 more animals in between.
Finally, there is the ultimate Zoo tour – the Exclusive VIP Experience. Spend five to eight hours with your own private guide on a tour tailored to your interests and preferences. Call at least 72 hours ahead to reserve your personal tour.
Many people may not realize that the Zoo also has a fabulous botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. There are almost two dozen different gardens that recreate native habitats for the Zoo animals as well as delight visitors. Tucked in with these precious plants are bamboo groves to feed the giant pandas as well as eucalyptus trees to provide fresh food for the cute koalas. As you stroll through these lush settings, it may be hard to believe that one hundred years ago, this land was almost barren. Because of the vision of the original director, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth, the Zoo has created whole bioclimes of plants and animals to simulate ecological niches from around the world.
Whether you want to see all the animals, take a special tour, or enjoy the diverse gardens, plan your visit in advance. The Zoo is open year round but on weekdays during the November to May months you will experience the smallest crowds.