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When is the Best Time to Visit the San Diego Zoo?

San Diego is famous for its beautiful, year round climate that attracts thousands of visitors and tourists each year. Although there is never really a bad time to visit, there are a few things you should consider if you plan on visiting San Diego’s many wonderful outdoor attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo.

Seasonal Information for Zoo Visitors

Many visitors find that March through May is the best time of year to visit the San Diego Zoo. The early spring season has temperatures averaging in the mid 60s and most children are still in school, making the theme park less crowded. As the temperature rises and the school year comes to an end, you can expect an influx of tourists and visitors.

If you are planning a trip to the Zoo during the summertime, expect an increase in hotel rates for lodging close to the San Diego Zoo. Due to the fact that the summer is peak tourist season, rates tend to increase and the park is often more crowded. For visitors looking for a great hotel deal, the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego is located just 2 miles from the Zoo and offers spacious rooms and low rates year round.  Guests are also able to purchase single day deluxe Zoo tickets from the front desk at discounted prices.

For those who would prefer to miss the busy summer season, the following autumn months are still a great time to visit. Temperatures typically remain in the mid 70s through September and visitors are able to enjoy the last of the summer weather while it is less crowded. For families who are on a budget and can make a trip during October and November, you will see a drop in San Diego Zoo hotel rates.

The winter is the coldest season in San Diego. However, for out of town guests the average 65 degree temperature is usually bearable. Additionally, for those planning a trip to the Zoo, the rain makes the natural landscape of the theme park lush and vibrantly green, a sight many do not get to see during the hot and dry summer months.

Enjoy Discounted Hotel Rates Year Round from the Pacific Inn

The season you visit the San Diego Zoo will most likely be decided upon by your personal preferences. However, no matter what season brings you to San Diego, the Pacific Inn offers the best rates for downtown hotels. Our central downtown location places us within minutes of the airport, the Zoo, SeaWorld, Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter. We offer suites designed for families with enough room for parents and kids to spread out and relax. Check out our rates and availability and contact our Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933.

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