America's Most-Visited Zoos
No. 19 (tie) San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Annual Visitors: 1,200,000
If you can’t make it to Africa, a trip through the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may be the next best thing. Sprawled over 1,800 acres, the park is home to more than 2,600 animals, many of which roam freely in open spaces that resemble their natural habitats. Hop aboard the Africa Tram to glimpse herds of giraffes, rhinos, Cape buffalo, and Grant’s gazelles. Want to get closer? Roll by on a Segway tour. Thrill-seekers can even soar above the African and Asian fields on a cool zipline more than two-thirds of a mile long. At the new Cheetah Run show, see the world’s fastest land mammal sprint from 0 to 70 miles per hour in just four seconds on a 330-foot track. You’ll be blown away—and not just from the wind the cheetah generates.
Children 3–11, from $32; ages 12 and up, from $42; sdzsafaripark.org.