San Diego Zoo & Safari Park Discounts & Coupons

LAST UPDATE: 7/16/15

The world-renowned San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly San Diego Wild Animal Park) are on opposite ends of San Diego County but are both operated by the San Diego Zoological Society.

There are many promotions that can save you money on your visit to the Zoo or Safari Park. Check below for the latest San Diego Zoo discounts and San Diego Zoo Safari Park discounts.

If you need tickets to the San Diego Zoo or the Safari Park and other Southern California attractions, it’s worth checking out the available multi-attraction ticket discounts under both attractions to see if they can save you extra money. Be sure to compare the final cost of a multi-park pass to the combined cost of the individual tickets; the best deal varies depending on the specific attractions and the discounts that are currently available.

All offers are subject to change without notice. Always call ahead and confirm before driving out of your way to take advantage of a particular offer!

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San Diego Zoo Gate Prices

1-Day Pass (aka Best Value Ticket or Deluxe Admission) is $48 for adults and $38 for kids (3-11) and includes admission plus unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus and Skyfari Aerial tram.

2-Visit Pass is $86 for adults and $66 for kids (3-11) and includes two 1-Day Passes that can be used at the San Diego Zoo and/or San Diego Safari Park.

Zoological Society of San Diego Dual Membership, valid for those who live in Southern California (zip codes 91900-92899), is $125 for two adults in the same household or $102 for one adult. Includes unlimited admission for the member(s) to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park for one full year, 2 coupons for 50% off regular admission to either park, and other benefits. The Dual Membership is a great deal if you plan to visit both the Zoo and the Safari Park and you have 2 people or more. It is also a good deal for a family of four who want to visit the Zoo just once — use the Dual Membership for two adult admissions and the 2 discount coupons for the kids’ admissions.

Zoological Society of San Diego Diamond Club Membership, valid for those who live in Southern California (zip codes 91900-92899), is $170. Includes unlimited admission for two adults to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park for one full year, 2 coupons for 50% off regular admission to the Zoo, 2 coupons for 50% off regular admission to the Safari Park, free parking at the Safari Park, and many other benefits. If you plan to visit both the Zoo and the Safari Park and you have 2 people or more, this is a great deal.

Parking at the Zoo is free.

San Diego Zoo Ticket Discounts

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Discount Tickets from aRes

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aRes Travel offers a San Diego Zoo discount tickets, which you can purchase instantly online and print out (thus no shipping fee).

  • Get a 1-Day pass for $43 adult / $33 child. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a 2-Visit pass for $81 adult / $61 child. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Good for a 1-day pass to San Diego Zoo and a 1-day pass to San Diego Zoo Safari Park OR  two 1-day passes to San Diego Zoo OR two 1-day passes to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a San Diego 3-for-1 Pass for $143 adult / $113 child (ages 3-9). There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Good for unlimited entry at San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego for 7 days from first use. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a Backstage pass for $102 (must be 8+ years old). There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. During this intimate VIP 1.5 hour experience, you will be introduced to creatures of all kinds. Park admission is not included. Tour time is at 1 pm. Click here for complete offer details.

AAA Discounts

AAA is a loosely associated group of clubs that each cover a small geographical area, usually a single state or portion of a state. Different clubs have different offers, so it’s worth checking both your own AAA state club and the Southern California AAA club websites. To check your own state club, just go to AAA.com and you will be redirected (usually) to your local club. If you haven’t yet set up your online access, you’ll sometimes need to do that to see your local club’s discounts.

To check the Southern California site, click here and enter zip code 92112. Once you get to the club home page, click the “Discounts” tab and select “Tickets.” If a particular discount on the Southern California site involves booking online through the club site, you will usually need to be a Southern California member. Discounts that involve showing your card at the gate are available to any AAA member. If you can get to a Southern California AAA club office, you can usually take advantage of offers that must be bought in person, even if you’re a member of a different AAA club.

AAA members get 10% off a 1-Day Pass, and sometimes discounts on other things such as food or merchandise.

Costco Discounts

Costco.com sometimes offers a very good discount on San Diego Zoo tickets and you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy through their site. (Non-members pay a 5% surcharge, however.) There is a shipping charge when ordering from Costco.com.

Senior Discounts

Seniors (60 and older) get 10% off a 1-Day Pass. Available at the ticket booth only (not in advance).

Airline / Cruise Line Employee Discounts

Airline and cruise line employees presenting a company-picture identification badge or CLIA at the ticket windows receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass.

Military – FREE Tickets & Discounts

Active duty military personnel with valid military ID card receive FREE regular admission. Spouses and dependents receive 10% discount on 1-Day Pass only. Valid military ID required. Available at the ticket booth only (not in advance).

October is Kids Free Days

Children ages 3-11 receive FREE regular admission to the Zoo during the entire month of October (must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Southern California Gray Line (Pacific Coast Sightseeing) Day Tour to San Diego Zoo

Southern California Gray Line (formerly Pacific Coast Sightseeing) offers an 11-hour bus tour from Anaheim to the San Diego Zoo. Courtesy hotel pick-up for the tour is provided from most Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove area hotels. The tour is especially suitable for those who are not comfortable with driving the California freeways, since all of the ground transportation from place to place is provided.

Regular cost for the San Diego Zoo tour is $91 for adults, $72 for children (ages 3-11).

Discounts on Multi-Attraction Passes that include the San Diego Zoo

If you know you want to visit other attractions as well as San Diego Zoo, there are a number of discount pass options available that can save you a lot of money, and eliminate the hassle of buying all of your tickets individually. We’ve scouted out some of the best discounts you can find from reputable companies and describe them here. For more details and pricing just click on the pass name.

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Go San Diego Card

Go San Diego Card is an all-inclusive pass that allows you to visit as many attractions as you want within a set number of days (usually 3 to 7 days). You pay one discount price for the number of days you choose. These work well if you are visiting at least two major attractions plus some less expensive attractions. The more attractions you visit, the more you save.

GO_CARD_SDO-smallGO San Diego Card: If you want to fit in as much as you can in 1 to 7-days using one simple pass for one price, consider this all-inclusive pass. MouseSavers readers get an extra $11 off their purchase of $150 or more with a special code. This pass includes the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, LegolandSeaWorld San Diego on 3+ day cards, Knott’s Berry Farm, plus multiple other attractions in the San Diego area.

Go Select Card Build-Your-Own Passes

Select where you want to go from dozens of attractions and build your own custom pass. You’ll save up to 20% off gate prices when you select 3 or more attractions. You have 30 days from first use to visit your selected attractions. The Go Select Pass for San Diego will likely save you a lot of money if you plan to visit at least three attractions in San Diego and surrounding areas.

go-select-pass-smallSan Diego Go Select Pass: This build-it-yourself pass can include any combination of the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Legoland, SeaWorld San Diego, and much more. MouseSavers readers get an extra $10 off their purchase of $300 or more with a special code. Passes are good for 30 days from first use.

Go Select Card Value Package Passes 

go-select-packages-pass-smallThese passes bundle several very popular attractions and offer a slightly better discount than if you were to build your own pass with the same choices. If one of these passes includes your choices, you’ll save a significant amount off gate prices. Plus, MouseSavers readers get an extra $10 off their purchase of $300 or more with a special code. You have 30 days from first use with all of these passes.

Check out the Southern California MouseSavers Explorer Pass!

This new exclusive prepackaged pass includes four of the most popular southern California attractions and offers a 22% savings off gate prices!

Click here to find out more about this value-packed pass. MouseSavers readers pay only $226 for adults, $185 for child passes! Regular gate prices for these attractions total $290 for adults, $236 for children ages 3-12.

This pass is good for 30 days from first use, and includes one visit to each attraction. Passes are valid one year from date of purchase. Plus, cards can be downloaded instantly! Great for last minute gifts! Passes are immediately available to download and/or print after checkout. Note: This pass are already fully discounted. MouseSavers promo codes can not be used with these cards. This offer is subject to availability and may be modified at any time.

San Diego 3-for-1 Pass

If you also plan to visit San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego, consider the San Diego 3-For-1 Pass.

Southern California CityPASS + San Diego Zoo or Safari Park

Planning a “grand tour” of Southern California? Consider the Southern California CityPASS + San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, which includes discounted admission to the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California. (Note: you must purchase this pass from CityPASS directly for the Zoo or Safari Park inclusions.)

Balboa Park Multi-Day Explorer Pass

If you also plan to visit Balboa Park, consider the Balboa Park Multi-Day Explorer Pass, which includes one admission to each of the 17 participating Balboa Park museums (valid for 7 consecutive days) and 1-day admission to the San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Regular Gate Prices

1-Day Pass (aka Africa Tram Safari Ticket, Best Value Ticket or Nairobi Ticket Package) is $48 for adults, and $38 for kids (3-11) and includes admission plus unlimited use of Journey Into Africa tour and Conservation Carousel.

2-Visit Pass is $86 for adults and $66 for kids (3-11) and includes two 1-Day Passes that can be used at the San Diego Zoo and/or San Diego Safari Park.

Zoological Society of San Diego Dual Membership, valid for those who live in Southern California (zip codes 91900-92899), is $125 for two adults in the same household or $102 for one adult. Includes unlimited admission for the member(s) to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park for one full year, 2 free guest passes, and other benefits. The Dual Membership is a great deal if you plan to visit both the Zoo and the Safari Park and you have 2 people or more. It is also a good deal for a family of four who want to visit the Safari Park just once — use the Dual Membership for two adult admissions and the 2 guest passes for the kids’ admissions.

Zoological Society of San Diego Diamond Club membership, valid for those who live in Southern California (zip codes 91900-92899), is $170. Includes unlimited admission for two adults to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park for one full year, 2 free guest passes to the Zoo, 2 free guest passes to the Safari Park, free parking at the Safari Park, and many other benefits. If you plan to visit both the Zoo and the Safari Park and you have 2 people or more, this is a great deal.

Parking is $9 per vehicle for members, $12 for nonmembers; $14 per RV for members, $17 per RV for nonmembers.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Admission Discounts

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Discount Tickets from aRes

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aRes Travel offers San Diego Safari Park discount tickets, which you can purchase instantly online and print out (thus no shipping fee).

  • Get a 1-Day pass for $43 adult / $33 child. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a 2-Visit pass for $81 adult / $61 child. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Good for a 1-day pass to San Diego Zoo and a 1-day pass to San Diego Zoo Safari Park OR  two 1-day passes to San Diego Zoo OR two 1-day passes to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Family Pack! Buy at least 3 San Diego Zoo Safari Park 1-Day passes and pay just $42 per adult ticket. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a Caravan Safari pass for $102 (must be 8+ years old). Park admission is not included. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Amateur photographers will have the opportunity to photograph the park’s exotic wildlife. This is a 2-hour animal experience with your very own expert wildlife guide. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a Caravan Deluxe Safari pass for $152 (must be 8+ years old). Park admission is not included. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. The Caravan Deluxe Safari takes you into both the African & Asian Field Exhibits. This is a 3.5 hour animal experience with your very own expert wildlife guide. A brief snack stop at Amani Point is also included. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a San Diego 3-for-1 Pass for $143 adult / $113 child (ages 3-9). There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Good for unlimited entry at San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego for 7 days from first use. Click here for complete offer details.

AAA Discounts

AAA is a loosely associated group of clubs that each cover a small geographical area, usually a single state or portion of a state. Different clubs have different offers, so it’s worth checking both your own AAA state club and the Southern California AAA club websites. To check your own state club, just go to AAA.com and you will be redirected (usually) to your local club. If you haven’t yet set up your online access, you’ll sometimes need to do that to see your local club’s discounts.

To check the Southern California site, click here and enter zip code 92112. Once you get to the club home page, click the “Discounts” tab and select “Tickets.” If a particular discount on the Southern California site involves booking online through the club site, you will usually need to be a Southern California member. Discounts that involve showing your card at the gate are available to any AAA member. If you can get to a Southern California AAA club office, you can usually take advantage of offers that must be bought in person, even if you’re a member of a different AAA club.

AAA members get 10% off a 1-Day Pass, and sometimes discounts on other things such as food or merchandise.

Costco Discounts

Costco.com sometimes offers a very good discount on San Diego Zoo Safari Park discount tickets and you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy through their site. (Non-members pay a 5% surcharge, however.) There is a shipping charge when ordering from Costco.com.

Senior Discounts

Seniors (60 and older) get 10% off a 1-Day Pass. Available at the ticket booth only (not in advance).

Airline / Cruise Line Employee Discounts

Airline and cruise line employees presenting a company-picture identification badge or CLIA at the ticket windows receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass.

Military – FREE Tickets & Discounts

Active duty military personnel with valid military ID card receive FREE regular admission. Spouses and dependents receive 10% discount on 1-Day Pass only. Valid military ID required. Available at the ticket booth only (not in advance).

October is Kids Free Days

Children ages 3-11 receive FREE regular admission to the Safari Park during the entire month of October (must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Discounts on Multi-Attraction Passes that include the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

If you know you want to visit other attractions as well as San Diego Zoo, there are several discount pass options available that can save you a lot of money, and eliminate the hassle of buying all of your tickets individually. Most of the best deals are already mentioned above; to find those quickly, click on the links below. These passes all can include the Safari Park.

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