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San Diego Zoos & Aquariums

Zoos & Aquariums Overview

San Diego

San Diego zoos and aquariums include the LEGOLAND® Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, SeaWorld and Birch Aquarium. From the aquarium at LEGOLAND to the huge safari park, some of the best nature exhibits in the country are here. See venomous snakes, exotic insects, flamingos, elephants, sharks, sea otters, dolphins and more from Carlsbad to Downtown San Diego. Zoos and aquariums are always one of the best choices for fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

San Diego

The Sea Life Aquarium is located off the 5 freeway and Palomar Airport Drive in Carlsbad. This LEGOLAND Aquarium features sea aquariums and touch tanks full of ocean life. See rays, sharks, jellyfish, sea horse, octopus and more. They are part of the LEGOLAND theme park for the young ones with rides like Fairy Tale Brook and Coast Cruise. Some of the mini cities and structures built with LEGOs® are amazing. Cool off on a hot summer day at the Legoland Water Park with water slides, rivers, beaches and many more water themed adventures. LEGOLAND is one of the top choices for fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

LEGOLAND Sea Life Aquarium
One LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 918-l346

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The San Diego Zoo is found in the heart of the city near Interstate 5 and Highway 163 in Balboa Park. This is a large city zoo with nearly 1000 wild animals on display. Zoo animals list includes mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects and more. See lions, pandas, gorillas, giraffe, birds of prey, poison dart frogs, snakes, rainforest animals, African animals and other endangered animals. Balboa Park also houses most of the city's museums, a park, botanical gardens and more. The San Diego Zoo is one of the best ideas for fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92112
(619) 234-3153

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San Diego Wild Animal Park

The San Diego Safari Park is situated east of Interstates 5 and 15 on Highway 78 in Escondido. This is an awesome wild animal park that features over 1800 acres of African animals roaming free in their natural habitat. The Safari Park zoo animals list includes mammals, birds, insects and exotic plants. Many of the wild animals within the park include lions, giraffe, elephant, ostrich, rhinoceros, zebra, gorilla, cheetah, flamingo, butterfly and more. Ride the tram overhead for an expansive view of the entire safari park or walk along viewing trails. Some of the exciting extras you can reserve in advance include an African safari through the park and sleep overs when the nocturnal predators can be heard through the night. The San Diego Safari Park tops the list for fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

TIP: Highway 78 is Avocado country. Be sure to stop off at one of the many fruit stands to take advantage of the unbelievable prices on avocados.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
(760) 747-8702

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Beluga Whale photo courtesy of Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is found off Interstate 5 at the junction of Interstate 8. This is a large-scale theme park with sea aquariums, shows, exhibits, touch tanks and amusement park rides. See killer whale, sea lion, dolphin, walrus, sea otter, sharks, rays, sea turtles and more. The shark exhibit features a glass tube for viewing from underneath. Marine mammal shows feature trained orcas, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters and more. SeaWorld is one of the top choices for fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

SeaWorld
500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, California 92109
(800) 257-4268

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Scripps Submarine

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is located off Interstate 5 in beautiful La Jolla. This is a moderate-sized sea aquarium managed by the University of California S.D. Birch Aquarium features a large kelp forest aquarium, touch tank, nearby exploration pier, tide pool exploration and grunion viewing when in season. See salt water aquariums filled with tropical fish and local salt water fish species including sharks, rays, eels, sea bass, lobster, octopus, jellyfish and more. The Birch Aquarium is a great idea for fun things to do in San Diego with kids.
NOTE: Check out our Cool Towns page for more details on La Jolla.

Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 534-3474

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