The San Diego zoo is HUGE and it absolutely lives up to its reputation. This is one of those spots, like the Georgia Aquarium, that had been on my list to visit for a while. I was a little nervous that after hearing how wonderful it was for so many years that I would be disappointed - not at all the case. To me the most impressive part was the layout and landscaping of the zoo. It is an incredibly beautiful and thoughtfully created space. One of my favorite areas was the bird area where you get to walk through layers of the trees. Here are some tips to make the most of this amazing zoo:
*Use their website to help you plan your visit, or at least look at a map when you get there and plot a course. At least a day will be needed to fully explore the zoo - although focusing on your favorites is okay too.
*Wear good walking shoes and lots of sunscreen.
*Expect to wait in line if you want to see those famous pandas.
*Bring water and take breaks.
*Plan to bring a stroller or rent one for younger children.
*You can leave and come back later in the day if you have your hand stamped on the way out. This is a great option for families with little ones who need to nap.
*There are four play areas spaced throughout the zoo if you want to take a break from walking and animal observing.
*The dining options are your typical options but they are plentiful. If your child has severe food allergies, plan to bring a meal in with you as kitchens cannot cater to individual needs. You cannot bring large coolers into the zoo, but you can pack smaller food items.
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