Above: Promotional graphic for the San Diego Zoo. Courtesy of the San Diego Zoo
Fathers and their little tykes (ages four and older) will enjoy the thrill of camping without the hassle of hauling gear and provisions to the woods.
The adventure begins as soon as you check in, with an activity and a chance to meet some of the San Diego Zoo's animal ambassadors up close, followed by a show about bugs, hosted by Dr. Zoolittle and Roberta, the digital zebra.
After arriving at the Zoo’s Camp Timbuktu, you and your child can settle down in your tent (provided). A yummy camp buffet dinner will be served, followed by activities and games (how about a little father-and-child competition?).
Children will have an opportunity to make their special dad a Father’s Day gift. After a night hike to see what our animals are up to when the sun goes down, you’ll return to camp for more fun entertainment and make s’mores at the campfire.
Wake to a delicious hot breakfast in our Sabertooth Grill, which overlooks the Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey. We’ll enjoy an exclusive visit to one of our animal exhibits before heading home with lots of happy memories.
Reservations are required and this event fills up fast! For information and reservations, please call 619-718-3000 or 800-407-9534.
Cost: $139 per adult, $119 per child, plus Zoo admission for nonmembers
The San Diego Zoo is located at 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego. For general information call 619-231-1515. Google Map
Directions from the NORTH (southbound): From Interstate 5 (Los Angeles and Orange County), take the Pershing Drive exit and follow the signs. From Interstate 15 (Escondido and Riverside), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.
Directions from the SOUTH (northbound): From Interstate 5 (Mexico), take the State Route 163 north exit, then the Zoo/Museums (Richmond Street) exit and follow the signs.
Directions from the EAST (westbound): From Interstate 8 (Imperial County and Arizona), take State Route 163 south to the Park Blvd./I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place. From State Route 94, proceed into downtown San Diego to 12th Avenue. Turn right on 12th Avenue (which turns into Park Blvd.) and proceed north. Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place.