Everyone knows that the San Diego Zoo is world renowned, and it’s a wonderful place to spend the day, but don’t let that take away from the zoo’s sister site, the San Diego Safari Park. A visit to the San Diego Safari Park should be at the top of your list of things to do in San Diego this weekend if you want to see some wild animals up close and personal.
The San Diego Safari Park, formerly the San Diego Wild Animal Park, lets you hop on board the Africa tram which is a 30 minute ride through an expansive exhibit featuring cheetahs, gazelles, rhinos, giraffes, and more. All of these animals have large recreations of their natural habitat including watering holes, forests, and savannas, making this the most authentic African safari you can get this side of Tanzania. Of course there are plenty of other amazing exhibits you can check out while not on the tram including lions, California Condors, monkeys, and more. Be sure to check the schedule and mark off the times for some of the entertaining shows that are taking place throughout the day. When it’s time for a bite to eat or to purchase some souvenirs, head over to Nairobi Village which is filled with tasty dining options and stores. If you’re wondering what to do in San Diego this weekend and love animals, head out to the Safari Park.
Admission to the park that includes a tram ride and access to the Cheetah Run is $52 for an adult and the park is open from 9:00AM to 7:00PM. Located in Escondido, the Safari Park can get hot on sunny days so be sure to hydrate and apply sunscreen. The most notable difference between the Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo is the larger enclosures which let you see the animals move and run more. If you love the San Diego Zoo, you are sure to love visiting the Safari Park which is one of the most popular things to do in San Diego. During the summer you can even purchase tickets to Roar and Snore which allows you to camp in the park and fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring and other wild animals.
Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that provides them with a knowledgeable friend to enjoy the park with. Funbassadors can arrange for transportation and tickets to the park, and if they have a Diamond San Diego Zoo membership they can even get free parking.