San Diego Zoo
The world-famous San Diego Zoo began as a collection of plants and animals from the Panama-American Exposition back in the early 1900s. Today, it is a world-class research facility and home to several endangered species, all the while still a fun place for families to go to on vacation.
With such wide acreage, going through the entire zoo will take more than just a day trip. Fortunately, there are several benches all over the zoo to give rest tired feet a rest. Mei Sheng, the panda, is a tourist favorite and the queue can take as long as an hour during peak season. Zoo mascots are around for photo ops with children (and adults, if they’d like too!).
You can get there by car, bus or bike and the parking is free. You can enter via Zoo Place just off Park Boulevard, which is located in Balboa Park, close to downtown San Diego.