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Does the San Diego Zoo Offer Free Admission?

Many visitors have heard that there is a San Diego Zoo free admission day. As a preferred San Diego Zoo hotel, we would like to dispel this myth and explain to you where the idea of free admission to the San Diego Zoo may have originated.

History of the Zoo’s Free Admission Day

In the past, the San Diego Zoo offered free admission to residents and visitors, which was traditionally called Founder’s Day. However, with the popularity of the zoo continuing to rise each year, the popularity of Founder’s day grew as well. The annual event turned into a day where park services were over-taxed and visiting families were pressured by crowds and unsupervised teenagers. As a result, the zoo has put an end to the day of free admission.

Kids’ Free Days during October

Instead of Founder’s Day, the Zoo now offers “Kids’ Free Days” during the entire month of October. During this time, children ages 3-11 are admitted to the Zoo free when accompanied by an adult. These tickets will not include the normal Guided Bus Tour or the Skyfari Aerial Tram and visitors will be required to purchase these items separately if they would like to ride either attraction.

Year Round Discounts for Individuals & Families

If you are not going to be traveling to San Diego in the month of October, you can still enjoy discounted accommodations near the Zoo when staying at the Vagabond Inn. We offer discounted tickets year round, allowing our guests to enjoy lower prices. We also have a handful of San Diego Zoo hotel deals, so make sure you let us know you are going to be visiting the world famous theme park when you make your reservation. For exact rates and availability, don’t hesitate to contact a Reservation Manager today.

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