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San Diego Zoo Centennial / Nighttime Zoo

San Diego Zoo Centennial / Nighttime Zoo

San Diego Nighttime Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
June 19 - September 5
During the Summer 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

San Diego Zoo Centennial / Nighttime Zoo Information

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Top 4 Things About San Diego Zoo Centennial & Nighttime Zoo

  1. 100 Years: San Diego Zoo first opened in 1916, making 2016 its 100th anniversary! Come celebrate 100 years of roars, howls, barks, and more. The Centennial Celebration invites you to extended zoo hours and added festivities this summer.
  2. Hours of Operation: From June 19 - September 5, the San Diego Zoo will be open daily from 9am-9pm. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the zoo like never before and see animals as day turns into night at the San Diego Nighttime Zoo.
  3. Festivities: The San Diego Zoo Centennial Celebration features a full calendar of events, including entertainment, activities, and social events. There's something for guests of all ages!
  4. Animal Ambassadors: The San Diego Nighttime Zoo offers opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the zoo's animal ambassadors so keep an eye out for your chance to meet some of your favorite zoo residents.

Why It's Awesome: Join San Diego Zoo and celebrate their 100th birthday throughout the entire summer. The Nighttime Zoo brings the zoo to life with amazing performances, up close animal encounters, and phenomenal entertainment. Don't miss the chance to enjoy the long summer days at San Diego Nighttime Zoo during the Centennial Celebration. Bring the whole family for an experience unlike any other at the World Famous San Diego Zoo!

  • Long Hours: The San Diego Zoo is huge and it's nearly impossible to see every animal in one day. During San Diego Zoo's Centennial Celebration, the Nighttime Zoo is open until 9pm, giving visitors a chance to see everything and take their time to enjoy it. There is no need to run to each exhibit. Take a break now and then, grab some food, and take pictures of your favorite animals during the extended summer hours.
  • Shake, Rattle, and Roar: During the summer, the San Diego Nighttime Zoo is filled with incredible entertainment the whole family can enjoy. On most Saturdays, the zoo will celebrate an animals's birthday, including tigers, orangutans, lions, gorillas, and more. Each party offers special activities for the kids. Need a break from walking around the zoo? Stop and dance to a variety of music throughout the park, including the Front Street Mariachis, rock tunes, and a brass band. Every night will end with a centennial spectacular, featuring a musical processional that pays homage to the wonderful animals that have graced the Zoo throughout the years.

The Local Scoop: The San Diego Zoo isn't world famous for no reason, this zoo is absolutely a must see attraction in San Diego. The Nighttime Zoo San Diego gives visitors extra long hours, amazing live entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of the world's most miraculous animals.

  • Do Wear Comfortable Shoes: The San Diego Zoo is quite large and in order to give the animals ample living space, a day at the zoo means a lot of walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes so you can see as many animals as possible, especially with extended hours for the San Diego Nighttime Zoo.
  • Do Map Out Your Destinations: Since the Centennial Celebration's Nighttime Zoo has so many great attractions and activities, it's key to get a zoo map and figure out a route that will allow you to see the shows and exhibits that are most intriguing. With such a large space, it's easy to get turned around and miss an upcoming show or animal encounter, so grab a map and see all the San Diego Zoo has to offer!
  • Don't Miss Out On Membership: The events during the Centennial Celebration are worth more than one trip. Luckily, the San Diego Zoo has amazing memberships available with great perks like free park admission, guest passes, discounts, and a complimentary subscription to their ZOONOOZ Magazine.
  • Don't Forget Sunscreen: Nestled in the Balboa Park region of San Diego, the San Diego Zoo Centennial gives visitors a chance to explore this incredible area but it is almost entirely outside. Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen for your zoo outing and enjoy the San Diego sunshine with a day at the Nighttime Zoo!

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