Nothing Compares to the San Diego Zoo

On last summer’s Musings from Me trip to southern California, we did it all!

Dad and the kids toured Sea World and relaxed on the beach, while I did my thing at BlogHer. While I was very happy to go to BlogHer, I was sad to missĀ  one San Diego landmark…the San Diego Zoo. I’ve visited some awesome zoos. While Regent’s Park Zoo in London and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., are certainly well worth a visit, I knew that the San Diego Zoo would be breathtaking.

According to my husband and kids, the San Diego Zoo was every bit as amazing as we had always heard and then some. From the Lost Forest to the Africa Rocks, my family explored every inch of the zoo. I was sad to miss it, but love hearing them talk about their fun day.

My son wrote in his journal that his favorite animal was the gorilla. Why? He thought it was interesting that the mom and dad gorilla were chasing the baby gorilla. I well remember chasing my babies! He learned that gorillas live in Africa, too. The gorillas are housed in the Lost Forest area of the San Diego Zoo.

From there, they ventured to the Polar Rim via Panda Canyon. The kids had seen the pandas at the National Zoo in D.C., but liked seeing pandas in another climate. Next stop…the elephants in Elephant Odyssey. Aren’t elephants amazing in their size and bearing?

My kids did a lot of walking that day, except for hopping on and off the zoo bus. With all that walking, you can bet that they needed to stop for refreshments! Family dining options include Poppy’s Patio, Treehouse Cafe, and Safari Kitchen. For more dining options, go here.

Want to know more about the San Diego Zoo?

  • A 1-Day ticket — includes unlimited use of Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Train — is $42 for Adults (12 and over) and $32 for Children (Ages 3-11).
  • The 2-Visit pass — valid for one year from issue date — is $76 for Adults and $56 for Children.
  • The San Diego Zoo is open every day of the year. Check here for hours.
  • Kids can play games at
  • Follow @SanDiegoZoo on Twitter.
  • Fan the San Diego Zoo on Facebook.

Our southern California adventure continued after a day at the San Diego Zoo with great fun at Legoland. We spent the following day in Hollywood rubbing elbows with celebrities, while on Day Six and Seven of our trip we took in Disneyland and California Adventure, before heading home to Maryland.

I was given free passes to the San Diego Zoo to facilitate my review. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

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