The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are outdoor destinations and remain open. We continue to monitor the ongoing changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are following the recommendations provided by our state and local health authorities.


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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Hours and Directions

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As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.


Hours of operation

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Park Hours

E.g., 10/27/2020
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Popular Times

The Safari Park is currently operating at less than half of normal capacity. To minimize your wait time to enter the Park, please consider arriving during less-busy times indicated in green below.

Important Note: Due to social distancing requirements, the parking lot shuttle is not operating. On weekends, during peak times, parking options will be limited, which will require additional walking to the Park entrance. Please plan accordingly.


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Open every day of the year, rain or shine, including all holidays. Search hours up to three months from today by clicking the orange calendar icon, then find and click on the specific day you plan to visit.


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The Safari Park is at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017. For general information, call 760-747-8702. Distance between the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park is 35 miles. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour travel time.

Directions from the NORTH (southbound): From Interstate 5 (Orange County, Los Angeles), take the State Route 78 East exit at Oceanside, proceed east to Interstate 15 South, exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs to the Park. From Interstate 15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs east to the Park.

Directions from the SOUTH (northbound): From State Route 163 (downtown San Diego, Mission Valley) proceed to Interstate 15 North to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Go east and follow signs to the Park. From Interstate 5 or 805 (Mexico), proceed to State Route 163, then to Interstate 15 North, and then exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27). Follow signs east.

Directions from the EAST (westbound): From Interstate 8 (Imperial County, Arizona) take Interstate 15 North to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Follow the signs east to the Park.

Parking fees: $15 per vehicle; $20 for RV parking. Preferred parking is temporarily unavailable. It will resume at a later date on weekends and holidays for an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).

Public Transportation

For more information about bus and train schedules, please call 511 (San Diego's traffic and transit information service) or visit 

Zoo and Safari Park Map App

Navigating the Safari Park has never been easier! Follow the map to find directions to your favorite animal at the Safari Park or San Diego Zoo. The GPS-enabled app map will keep you on the right path.