When it comes to family excursions, zoos are a perennial favorite. After all, there’s something for everybody at the zoo, so whether you want to see a particular creature up close or enjoy a fun and vibrant day outside, you’re bound to enjoy yourself. While there are zoos all over the globe that will keep you entertained, some go above and beyond your expectations, and leave you with a truly eye-opening experience. Check out these world-class views for an exciting and unique wildlife experience.

San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California


Renowned throughout America and beyond, the San Diego Zoo continues to shine with extraordinary exhibits and a lush collection of 700,000 exotic plants. The Giant Panda Exhibit draws crowds all year round, but there are hundreds of interesting species to see throughout the zoo’s 10 separate bioclimatic zones. There’s certainly something for everyone here: plant enthusiasts can tour the sprawling gardens, casual visitors can stroll for hours along the network of pathways, and for those who prefer a panoramic view of the whole place, there’s the Skyfari Aerial Tram to whisk you above the canopy.