The San Diego Zoo is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions, and is rated as one of the top zoos in the US. The zoo is located in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego, an area that offers plenty of San Diego hotels and restaurants. The zoo is home to more than 4000 rare and endangered animals, representing more than 800 species. The zoo’s pandas and koalas rank as the most popular attractions. This year, the San Diego Zoo offers Elephant Odyssey, a brand new exhibit. Not only can you see elephants in this exhibit, but you can explore fossils and remains of the elephants’ predecessor, the Wooly Mammoth. This exhibit is particularly interesting because of the many fossils housed here, right alongside today’s elephants.
The zoo is one attraction you’ll want to explore for an entire day, and you’ll want to pay the zoo a visit even if you’re not traveling with children. The Balboa Park area is very pretty and you can find plenty of discount San Diego hotels near the San Diego Zoo. When your feet are tired from a day of exploring, you’ll find a nearby hotel is a welcome respite.