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Best Time to Visit the San Diego Zoo

No visit to San Diego, California is complete without spending at least one day exploring the world famous San Diego Zoo. The Zoo is open year round and is a great attraction for both children and adults alike.

Seasonal and Daily Considerations

Of course, picking the very best time to visit this legendary landmark depends very much upon the time of year, as well as the time of day. In terms of time of year, the summer season is going to attract the most crowds and be the busiest. These months, also the peak tourist months for San Diego, range from late May to August. If you have a flexible vacation schedule and would prefer to stay away from the crowds, consider visiting in fall months or early spring.

When it comes to when to visit during the day, in general it’s a great idea to walk in just as the Zoo is opening for the day. This is the time of morning when the animals are waking up, hungry, and animated! Summer evenings are also excellent times to see animals whose primary schedule leans more toward the nocturnal.

Visiting the Zoo during the hottest summer days may prove to be somewhat anticlimactic. This is because, on such days, animals will tend to prefer to lie in the shade (sometimes out of sight of visitors), preferring to conserve their energy until the temperature comes down. However, hot summer days can’t always be avoided. If this is the case, don’t worry, the hot temperatures are still great for animals like crocodiles who love to relax in the sun.

Are you on a Budget?

When you visit the San Diego Zoo may also depend on your personal budget. Admission to the zoo is somewhat expensive and therefore it may be better for visitors who are traveling on a budget to visit during non-peak seasons. However, if you are unable to change your vacation itinerary, make sure to reserve your flight and hotel accommodations as early as possible. This will help ensure you get the lowest rates available.

If you are looking for affordable San Diego Zoo hotels in downtown, reserve your stay at the Marina Inn Hotel and Suites. We are a top choice for downtown hotels, offering guests low rates year round, discounted zoo tickets and a variety of complimentary amenities. No matter what time of year, staying with us is sure to help you save and make the most of your vacation!

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