So you’re coming to San Diego and you need Wild Animal Park tickets, eh? Well we’ll try to help you out.
First, let me commend you for even looking for Wild Animal Park tickets. The zoo gets all the glory but the Wild Animal Park is right up there in the same league as the zoo but gets a lot less of the glory. The Tram ride around the Escondido Veldt is the highlight of the Wild Animal Park in my opinion, but others think the shows are the best part. I guess you can be the judge.
There are a couple ways to get your hands on San Diego Wild Animal Park tickets. One thing you could do is walk up and buy them on the spot. The park usually doesn’t sell out from what I can tell. Of course the problem with that is that a lot of other people do the same thing so instead of parking and walking right in to the zoo you might find yourself waiting in a 45 minute line out front while looking longingly at all these folks who somehow got their hands on tickets in advance. And if you have little kids (or older kids or adults for that matter) in tow that can, well, suck; so one good way to make the day at San Diego Wild Animal Park run more smoothly is to buy your tickets in advance. That way you can stroll right in and rush to the lions or tigers or bears (Oh… no I won’t say it) exhibits or whatever and totally avoid that 45 minutes of entertaining squirmy little young’n’s out front. Plus it will make you look cool — like you’re one of those locals who has an annual pass or something. Of course if you dress like you’re from Missouri or whatever it might be hard to pull off the “I’m a cool local surfer-type” ruse… but at least you’ll get in quickly, right?
Here is the best resource I have found to purchase San Diego Wild Animal Park tickets online. Tickets are going for $28.50 for adults and $17.50 for kids. Sometimes they have discount tickets but I haven’t yet figured out how to consistently get those. Try here if you’d like a package that includes transport to and from your San Diego hotel. (It’s about $15 extra per person).
PS – If you come to town a lot or are a local you might want to buy an annual pass. The the pass usually appies to both the Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Zoo and both are pretty fun to visit over and over I think.
PPS – If you need a hotel in the area here is a link to the Holiday Inns around that area. They do a nice job.
PPPs – Escondido often is 15-20 degrees hotter than the coast in the summer so be prepared…