Over the years I’ve been to many, many zoos in several different states. Some impressed, some were disappointing, and many were in the not-so-nice parts of town. The San Diego Zoo puts them all to shame. It may be expensive ($50 for a one-day pass for 1 adult), but it’s worth it for its size, the extras included with the pass (including bus tours and the Skyfari), and animals you just can’t see in every zoo. To see a map of the zoo and get an idea of the magnitude and layout, click here.
I could describe the animals and the experience, but we’ve all been to a zoo. I will say that despite being a lot bigger and hilly than I was expecting, we had a great time and put in quite the leg workout getting from one end to the other. Also, the best part by far were the pandas. The San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world that successfully breed pandas. The panda enclosure is one of the busiest parts of the entire zoo, so that’s where we went first in order to avoid the mid-day crowds. There’s something incredibly joyful about seeing pandas lumbering around and eating their bamboo so peacefully.