Having been born & raised in Southern CA, I’ve been to pretty much all the amusement parks and big attractions in the area. One that I remember going to as a child was the San Diego Zoo. I remember my mom and dad taking us down to San Diego for the weekend and to me, it seemed like it took forever to get there. Google Maps tells me it’s only an hour and a half from my childhood home, but to my 8-year-old self, it seemed like we drove forever.
When I had kids, I wanted to make sure that they got to experience going to the San Diego Zoo like I did. By that time, we were already living in San Diego so it was easier to take them whenever we wanted to because we bought our yearly passes. Sometimes, we’d focus on one area of the zoo or just see the kid’s favorite animals and other times we’d meet up with friends and explore the whole zoo. No matter which option we did, it was always fun and the kids & I learned something new each time.
We’ve always loved checking out all the monkey and ape exhibits, as well as the penguins and polar bears.
This year, the San Diego Zoo is having a 100-year celebration! Throughout the year, the zoo will be celebrating in a lot of different ways. This summer, you can visit and experience San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer, where you’ll find live music, fun activities, and the spectacular Centennial pageantry puppets during the extended evening hours.
The San Diego Zoo is more than just a zoo. They work on helping protect wildlife, ending extinction and creating relationships for people with wild animals and wild places. Donors have helped the San Diego Zoo to reintroduce 43 species to the wild: 16 mammal species, 19 bird species, and 8 species of reptiles and amphibians.
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Learn more about how the zoo is working to end extinction and all about the events this summer for San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer! Enter to win a $10 Kroger Gift Card just for finding out more about the San Diego Zoo and their celebration marking 100 years!