San Diego Zoo & Safari Park Discounts & Coupons

LAST UPDATE: 4/7/14

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 coupons.

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 – Regular Gate Prices

1-Day Pass (aka Best Value Ticket or Deluxe Admission) is $46  for adults and $36 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 $82 for adults and $64 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 $119 for two adults in the same household or $98 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 $163. 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 Discounts

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aRes Travel

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 $77 adult / $59 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 $96 (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.

Visit California Coupon

Click here to download a coupon for $4 OFF a One-Day Pass. Limit 6 people per coupon. Expires 12/31/14.

Note: You can try using the code (21402) for this coupon when purchasing tickets online through the Zoo website. At least one reader has had success with this.

AAA Discounts

AAA members get 10% off a 1-Day Pass, and sometimes discounts on other things such as food or merchandise. Click here and enter zip code 92112 to see the latest offers.

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).

Multi-Park Tickets & Passes

The Go Select Pass for San Diego will likely save you a lot of money if you plan to visit at least two major attractions in San Diego and surrounding areas. This pass allows you to pick from over a dozen attractions, including San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland, and Knott’s Berry Farm.

If you also plan to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Sea World San Diego, you can save up to 18% off gate prices by picking the SoCal Theme Park Pass.

If you also plan to visit SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Legoland and/or Knott’s plus multiple other attractions in the San Diego area, check out the GO San Diego Card.

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

Planning a “grand tour” of Southern California? Be sure to 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 Universal Hollywood.

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 $89 for adults, $70 for children (ages 3-11).

  • Click here to print an exclusive coupon for MouseSavers.com readers: $3 off your San Diego Zoo tour! Expires 6/30/14.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly San Diego Wild Animal Park) – Regular Gate Prices

1-Day Pass (aka Africa Tram Safari Ticket, Best Value Ticket or Nairobi Ticket Package) is $46 for adults, and $36 for kids (3-11) and includes admission plus unlimited use of Journey Into Africa tour and Conservation Carousel.

2-Visit Pass is $82 for adults and $64 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 $119 for two adults in the same household or $98 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 $163. 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 $7 per vehicle for members, $10 for nonmembers; $12 per RV for members, $15 per RV for nonmembers.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly San Diego Wild Animal Park) – Admission Discounts

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aRes Travel

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 $77 adult / $59 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 $41 adult. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Click here for complete offer details.
  • New!Get a Flightline Safari pass for $60 (must be 10+ years old). Park admission is not included. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Soar as high as 160 feet above the ground with rhinos, deer and more in the fields below you. Click here for complete offer details.
  • Get a Caravan Safari pass for $93 (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 $148 (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.

Visit California Coupon

Click here to download a coupon for $4 OFF the Africa Tram Safari Ticket (One Day Admission). Limit six (6) people per coupon. Expires 12/31/14.

AAA Discounts

AAA members get 10% off a 1-Day Pass, and sometimes discounts on other things such as food or merchandise. Click here and enter zip code 92027 to see the latest offers.

Costco Discounts

Costco.com sometimes offers a very good discount on San Diego 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 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).

Multi-Park Tickets & Passes

The Go Select Pass for San Diego will likely save you a lot of money if you plan to visit at least two major attractions in San Diego and surrounding areas. This pass allows you to pick from over a dozen attractions, including San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland, and Knott’s Berry Farm.

If you also plan to visit SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Legoland and/or Knott’s, plus multiple other attractions in the San Diego area, check out the GO San Diego Card.

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

Planning a “grand tour” of Southern California? Be sure to consider the Southern California CityPASS + San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, which includes discounted admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Disneyland, SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood.