San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer


The renowned San Diego Zoo rightfully stakes its claim on any list of best family attractions in the United States and even the best family attractions in the World. With San Diego’s perfect year-round weather there’s never a bad time to visit, but going on right now is the extremely special San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer.  The zoo is going all-out to celebrate the 100 year mark, a century rich in awe-inspiring experiences and protection of the Earth’s beautiful creatures.


Learn more about the San Diego Zoo Centennial celebration at this beautiful, interactive website:  My kids and I had a great time navigating through the site and learning about the zoo, from its beginnings in 1916 as Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard a lion’s roar, and through the decades showing the zoo’s incredible story.  It’s neat to see the journey through time that the zoo has taken, and learn about some of its favorite animals (I loved hearing about the monkey from the 1920s named Irish the Flirt, ha!).


You can also see all of the activities going on for the San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer.  I love the huge variety of entertaining acts going on, with big brass bands, rock groups, hip-hop dance troops, an and absolutely stunning parade of massive animal puppets.

koala-san-diego-zooThe San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer celebration has extended hours (until 9 pm), so your family will be set with entertainment at the zoo for both day and night.  There’s a lot more, check out this video and list of activities so you can start planning your trip! I love going to the San Diego Zoo at night not only for the interactive and exciting activities going on, but also to see the animals at night.  During those later hours some of the animals are very active.  I recently watchedthe gazelles running around and giving chase for what seemed to be a game of tag before dark, it was magical!


If you haven’t been to the San Diego Zoo, trust me when I tell you that it is awe inspiring in so many ways, below I’m listing just a handful that come to mind:

–          First and foremost I must mention the awesome collection of thousands of animals.  The different species hale from Africa to Asia, the arctic to the desert planes.  Visitors can see panda bears, tigers, polar bears, elephants camels and so much more, all in the same day.

–          The San Diego Zoo rescues many animals from extinction, and thanks to the zoo leading important international efforts many are back on the road surviving as a species and even flourishing in numbers.  The San Diego Zoo has a huge membership community and is well integrated with many other zoological and other societies that help take a stance in the world to protect the creatures of our planet and the environments in which they thrive.  Learn more and get involved:


–          A day at the San Diego Zoo is extremely educational for all ages!  As a parent I love seeing my different aged kids learn about the different animals and see which ones they love the most.  They learn about geography, biology and so much more, all with huge smiles on their faces.  I myself learn a lot too, with the guided tours, shows and knowledgeable staff at every turn.  It’s clear to see how passionate the employees are about these animals and their survival, and they want to pass on their knowledge so that people like us will help carry the torch.


–          Each time I go to the San Diego Zoo I fall in love with a different animal.  Who ever thought that giant hippos could be so graceful when they swim, lunging out their legs and tippy toes?  Or that observing an animal I’d never heard of before like the bonobo monkey could make me laugh and not want to leave for 30 minutes?  The animals are full of surprises.


–          The unexpected exhibits can wow people the most.  When I bring friends to visit this zoo they are usually most excited to see koala bears, lions, zebras or other popular animals.  Their faces often light up also for thing they didn’t even know were at the zoo, like the huge assortments of massive snakes (cobras, pythons, even an anaconda).  The otters are always so playful and another favorite amongst my friends.  Right now the San Diego Zoo Insect House is the exhibit my kids talk about the most and is the first thing they want to see.


–          The San Diego Zoo location is spread out over 99 lush acres of Balboa Park (located right in the heart of San Diego).  Seeing all of the trees and plants are worth the price of admission themselves, and there’s so much else to do and see without having to leave Balboa Park.


–          The San Diego Zoo’s activities for kids are spectacular.  From petting zoos to playgrounds4D Movie experiences to the Skyfari® Aerial Tram (a cable-car experience that gives a treetop view of the zoo and the entire city)… there’s just so much good stuff going on!

San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo

–          At the zoo you won’t spend your day standing in lines.  I’ve been on the busiest day of the year and still saw every animal I had set out to see.


So plan out your trip and see for yourself what all the excitement is about. There’s no better time than right now to visit with this special anniversary and the San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo: Centennial Summer celebration going on.  I’ll be there for sure dancing along with all of the fun activities, watching more of my favorite animals and finding new ones to fall in love with!

Many thanks to San Diego Zoo for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to visit the San Diego Zoo Nighttime ZooCentennial Summer!

Today’s post is sponsored by brand, by my love for their San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo option is all my own!

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    Jul 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I’d love to see the San Diego Zoo one day – at any time of day. I’ve always heard of how amazing it is, but I’ve never had a chance to go there.

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    Jul 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    That picture with the dog in the exhibit that is really interesting to see. I am guessing they are buddies! I have been to that zoo but it has been a few years.

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    Maggie branch
    Jul 11, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    The San Diego zoo is such a fun place! I love all of different exhibits and really really hope that I will get to visit again sometimes soon.

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    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I would love to explore this zoo with my family. I have an invite from my cousin to visit San Diego. Hopefully, we get to visit this year.

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    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Those photos are so beautiful! I have always wanted to go to the San Diego zoo. If I’m ever in the area, this will be one of the first places I’ll be going.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:15 am

    We love to go to the Zoo as often as we can. I am hoping to go to the San Diego Zoo in the next year. I will have to check out the Nighttime Zoo.

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    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I have always wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo!! I need to plan a Cali trip soon!!

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    Jul 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I have been to Callie a few times, but never got out to San Diego, I really want to visit someday and I will definitely check out the zoo. Zoos are one of the things I always visit when I travel. Great shots, I love the giraffes especially! 🙂

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Jul 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    The kialas are so cute! I wish the zoo near our area offers the skyfari aerial tram ride, it would be nice!

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    The Cubicle Chick
    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    These pictures are beautiful. I especially love the giraffes and flamingos. I will have to visit the zoo when I’m in San Diego. Thanks for sharing. – Yolonda

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    Run For Life (@uprun4life)
    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I love going to the zoo. I haven’t been to the San Diego zoo but I think it would be an awesome adventure.

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    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Love all the photos – so pretty! We love going to the zoo. Would love to visit San Diego Zoo someday.

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    Amber K
    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I would love to visit this zoo. These photos are amazing and the animals are so beautiful and the zoo looks super fun.

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    Shanéy Vijendranath
    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:51 am

    We havent been to the zoo in a very long time. My daughter loves visiting, need to plan a trip soon. It is so educational.

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    Taty Pradilla
    Jul 15, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I love to visit the zoo, but never had the opportunity to visit this one. We don’t have Koalas at our local zoo so that would be one of my favorite things to see.

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    Marielle Altenor
    Jul 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    The last time I went to the zoo was in 2012. It’s been a LONG time! I don’t recall seeing that many animals either.

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    April Mims
    Jul 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I can’t wait to visit the San Diego zoo some day. I haven’t been to a zoo in quite a few years but have always loved them.

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    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I heard the San Diego Zoo recently expanded, since you’re a member can you tell me if it’s better than before? I liked it when I went 5 years back, just curious about what’s new.

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