San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego's Wild Animal Park brings the animals up close and personal. Clearly one of the Best San Diego attractions for families and animal lovers because of the unique opportunity to see your favorite animals in their natural habitat.
Wild Animal Park Address and Information
Wild Animal Park address is 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, San Diego. The Wild Animal Park is located 35 miles north of the San Diego Zoo and east of Escondido.
Current hours (through June 20)
9 am–4 pm (grounds close at 5 pm).
Tickets for the park are in the mid $30 range for adults and the mid $20 range for children. An attraction that is well worth the money and guarantees that you will see hundreds of wild animal species, probably many more animals here then if you went on an actual safari in Africa for a fraction of the cost. Look for money saving coupons all over San Diego in brochures, magazines, etc.
What Makes the Wild Animal Park Special?
With over 2 million visitors each year, the Wild Animal Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Southern California and for good reason, the Wild Animal Park is home to many wild and endangered species from all over the world including Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. Visitors take a tram ride for a Journey into Africa which brings them very close to cheetahs, lions, giraffes, antelopes, elephants, zebras, rhinos, and many more. The 1,800 acre facility is home to 3000 animals from over 400 species and an additional 3,500 species of plants.
San Diego's Wild Animal Park keeps the animals inside open range enclosures. Visitors board the tram and are taken to different animal habitats from different regions of the world. The tram goes through the East African habitat, Asian Plains habitat, North African habitat, Asian Waterhole habitat, Southern African habitat, and the Mountain habitat.
Journey into Africa tour
Recently, the new Journey into Africa Tour opened that brings visitors on a guided tour through the African habitats and lets you see eye to eye with the wildlife. Giraffes and other animals approach the vehicle and allow you to experience them up close and personal. The Journey into Africa tour costs extra money, but the picture taking opportunities and experiences it provides are more then worth the extra cost.
San Diego Wild Animal Park Insider Secrets
In my opinion, the San Diego Wild Animal Park is an adventure that cannot be missed. The unique opportunity to see wild animals up close as if you were in an African safari makes the experience worthwhile. It is hard to express the enjoyment you will receive when seeing your favorite wild animals in their natural habitat. The more expensive extra Journey into Africa and other tours the park offers will cost you significantly more money, however, for some the extra cost is very worthwhile for the opportunity to get amazingly close to the animals and take incredibly unique pictures. San Diego Wild Animal Park must be visited by any tourist because it is an attraction and experience that is so unique, so educational, and so enjoyable that any family trip to San Diego or Los Angeles which includes a trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Park can become a top family vacation memory.