San Diego Zoo Safari Park Wedding

posted 2 weeks ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2019

giraffepiaffe :  hi there. I haven’t been to a wedding but given how inland the park is, September could be very hot/humid. I’d check with the Safari Park for weather accommodations/advice. You might look into the San Diego Zoo itself too as it’s far more coastal and would have a similar vibe. Plus it’s so close to downtown and right next to Balboa Park so lots of things for out of towners to do. Hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

The San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Park, which I think has a lot of ceremony spaces. The Zoo itself has a large reception space (my high school did a dance at the zoo!). What if the ceremony is in general Balboa Park (beautiful area!!!!!) and reception in the Zoo? 

If you’re from out of town, being close to downtown will be easier. If everyone is from San Diego, then the Safari Park will be fine. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

sorry to be a downer, but as an animal lover myself I can’t imagine enjoying a celebration in front of animals in captivity

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2022

hey bee! I’ve never been to a wedding at either zoo or safari park- but local San Diegan here. I would advise against the safari park for a September wedding…September is often one of the hottest months of the year here, and inland areas get super hot. Also, the safari park is very far from the city of San Diego (beaches, downtown, balboa park, etc.) it’s more or less an inland rural area.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Yes I’m from San Diego also and the Safari Park and it’s surrounding area is beautiful but really hot in the summertime. It’s also far from beaches and etc so your guests would definitely need rental cars to get around. That being said I find it much nicer and more enjoyable than the San Diego Zoo. I like that the Safari Park provides huge enclosures for its animals. The animals are given the chance to roam and mingle with other species like in nature. My cousin actually held her reception at the Treetops restaurant at the San Diego Zoo. But her ceremony was off site at a Catholic Church. The reception at the zoo was fun and we all got entrance to the zoo to check out the grounds and the animals if we wanted to walk around. If you’re serious about doing a wedding San Diego there are countless beautiful options!! I’m biased but I think it’s the prettiest place ever

Post # 11
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Helper bee

sensiblesusie :  I would agree with this but would also note that the San Diego Zoo falls under the non profit Zxological Society of San Diego and the organization is hugely involved in conservation and species preservation. But it does still give me the creeps to see the animals in captivity. The Safari Park is so much nicer in that respect. The enclosures are enormous. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Check out The Prado in Balboa Park

Post # 14
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Honey bee

jayrock :  I think they actually do a lot of conservation at the San Diego Park. I don’t say that lightly. There’s a ton of activism in SoCal and SeaWorld gets the brunt of it. I don’t know more than that but I do know thry have a good reputation. That’s all. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

sweatergal007 :  yes they do a ton of conservation. And species preservation. I’m from SD and I know people at the organization and they do good works.

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