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San Diego Zoo Takes Top Spot in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | July 15, 2015

San Diego Zoo Takes Top Spot in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

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The zoo is always a surefire hit for family travel, but not all are created equal. Thanks to the pile of customer reviews pertaining to zoos across the U.S. submitted to TripAdvisor, the best of the best can be easily found, ensuring the best time possible. And for the absolute top of the heap, the company has a special award.

TripAdvisor made the announcement Wednesday that San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California, has won the 2015 Travelers' Choice Award for the top-ranked zoo in the nation. 

Out of the 11,624 reviews for the San Diego Zoo on the website, 10,530 people rated the park as an excellent or very good experience. The No. 1 ranking is no surprise, though, as the facility is the home to more than 4,000 rare and beautiful animals. From giant pandas to gorillas to tigers, the San Diego Zoo has earned its place as not only the top zoo in the United States, but also a leading facility in the world. 

As a bonus, the zoo's Safari Park came in at No. 10 in the rankings.

The No. 2 ranked zoo on the TripAdvisor ranking list was the Henry Doorly Zoo has been a staple of Omaha, Nebraska since 1894. While it has undergone name changes over the years, it is one of the oldest zoos in America.

The Saint Louis Zoo and the Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami round out the top four, but the real surprise was the No. 5 ranking of Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May, New Jersey.

While it has only been around since 1978, the Cape May Zoo is quickly making a name for itself as one of the best zoos on the East Coast. Of the 707 reviews the zoo has received, only six people claimed their experience was poor or terrible. That’s a great success rate for the facility.

Here are TripAdvisor’s top 10 zoos in the United States. For the full list, check out the company’s official website:

1. San Diego Zoo, San Diego

2. Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha

3. Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis

4. Zoological Wildlife Foundation, Miami

5. Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cape May

6. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

7. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fort Wayne

8. Memphis Zoo, Memphis

9. Zoo Miami, Miami

10. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego

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