San Diego Zoo Safari Park Discount Tickets & Tips
Did you know that the San Diego Zoo also owns a Safari Park? In Escondido, 35 miles north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley, you’ll find a vast wildlife sanctuary with 3,500 animals from 400 different species. San Diego Zoo Safari Park also has a beautiful botanical garden.
If you go, check out my roundup of Safari Park ticket deals and savvy tips below.
What I like about Safari Park is they give the animals a larger and more natural space to live in than most zoos. Like most people, I wish all animals could live happy and healthy in their natural habitat.
Popular regions of the park include the African Plains, Gorilla Forest, Asian Savanna, Condor Ridge, Tiger Territory, and Elephant Valley.
You can also enjoy special shows and presentations, including my favorite, Cheetah Run, or check out the Raptor Flight and Frequent Flyers Bird Shows, or Tiger Talk.
I recommend taking the tram around the park to get your bearings. Once you’re in the park, you can upgrade your visit to include special activities, like the caravan tour, ropes course or the zip line.
I’ve never taken one of their safari tours, but friends say it’s a special experience and worth the extra fee.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park works with a few trusted ticket sources, groups, and organizations to make the following special offers available.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Discount Tickets
1. Best San Diego Zoo Safari Park Deals Overall
Find tickets HERE via aRes, currently my top choice for Safari Park tickets (I’ll let you know here when that changes). They charge a $2 convenience fee, but you’ll usually still come out ahead. fee These are very convenient because they are “any day” tickets. If it rains or you just want to change your day at the last minute, no problem.
Last checked, you save $8/adult, $6/child for one day tickets. This source also offers San Diego Zoo and/or Safari Park 2-Day passes and a great Family Pack at a great price.
2. Combo Passes that include Zoo Safari Park
The Go San Diego Card is my top pick for their “build your own” feature and smart phone option. You can choose as few as two attractions or activities and save 20% or more, including San Diego Zoo Safari Park. If you’re planning to visit more than one San Diego attraction over a few weeks, combo passes can be the best way to go.
San Diego’s Fab 4 Combo Deal is another Combo Pass worth a look. This one saves you $59 when you visit four popular attractions: San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo, Legoland California, and SeaWorld San Diego.
3. Kids Free October
If you’re planning to go in October you’re in luck. They usually participate in the San Diego tradition of “Kids Go Free October” when children (ages 3-11) get in free any day in October.
4. Child/Senior Discount
Children always get cheaper admission, even online. Seniors (60+) can get a 10% discount at the gate.
5. AAA Discount
Members of the American Automobile Association can often get a 10% discount. Check with your member office for details and deal updates.
6. Military Discount
Active duty military get in free with ID at the gate, and you can get 10% off one-day passes for your immediate family.
7. Costco Discount
You can sometimes get decent discounts at Costco, even if you’re not a member (non-members pay a 5% surcharge). You can sometimes order tickets from the Costco website, but you’ll have to pay shipping charges and wait to get them snail mail.
8. Safari Park Coupons
No current coupons or promo codes are available, only the usual fake or expired ones on the coupon sites. But I’ll post valid codes here as I find them.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Know Before You Go
Where to get Tickets
Or try the Go San Diego Card including their “build your own” combo pass.
Hotels Near San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Easily find hotels near Safari Park for up to 50% off on this Booking.com Escondido page (savvy for their best rate guarantee and no booking fees).
Or if you’re still in the planning stages, check out the reviews and compare rates for hotels in Escondido near San Diego Zoo Safari Park, including a few with packages that include the park and other attractions.
Address & Location
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027 (35 miles north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley).
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is owned by the same company as the San Diego Zoo, but the Safari Park is located in Escondido, approximately 30 miles northeast of the San Diego Zoo.
Safari Park Parking
Safari Park has a large parking lot ($12 per vehicle), but if you go on a busy day and have to park down the hill you can take their shuttle to the entrance.
Safari Park Open Hours
Open 365 days a year. Hours fluctuate seasonally.
Kids: For a little fun before and after your visit, check out the park’s kids interactive page for online games.
Where to Rent Strollers or Wheelchairs
You can rent a stroller, wheelchair, or locker near the entrance (first come).
Dining at Safari Park
You’ll find plenty of fun places to eat inside the park, including:
Thorntree Terrace (in Safari Base Camp)
Barking Deer Pizza and Beer (in Safari Base Camp)
Safari Coffee Outpost (in Safari Base Camp)
Mombasa Cooker (in Nairobi Village)
Bamburi Boat Bar (in Nairobi Village)
Oasis Deli (in Nairobi Village)
Snack Shack (in Nairobi Village)
Okavango Outpost (African Outpost)
Samburu Terrace (African Woods)
Slush & Snacks (Lion Camp)
Rift Sand Bar (The Grove)
Macan Market (Tiger Trail)
Official San Diego Zoo Safari Park Info
Find out more on the San Diego Zoo Safari Park website: sdzsafaripark.org.
Photo credit: San Diego Zoo Safari Park.