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San Francisco Zoo San Francisco

Where is it at?

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San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco
CA
94132
Tel: 415 753-7080

Directions

The San Francisco Zoo encourages you to use public transportation when visiting us. Within San Francisco, take the Muni L Taraval line outbound to the Zoo. Muni bus lines 23 and 18 also stop at the Zoo. Use the 511 TakeTransit Trip Planner for door-to-door directions by entering your starting address and "SF Zoo" for your destination address along with "San Francisco" for your destination city. Guests who take Muni to the Zoo will receive $1.00 off the price of admission. Just show your Muni receipt which includes transfers (must be same day dated) and monthly passes.

Where are we going today?

We LOVE a good zoo, but we love them even more when we know that the animals have been rescued, or are being cared for because they're endangered - and that's exactly San Francisco Zoo!

San Francisco Zoo has exotic and rescued animals from all across the globe. Kids can travel the world without having to leave the city!

With over 1,000 creatures for them to explore and learn about, they will have a great day meeting creatures from all continents.

They can explore Africa and the various landscapes which are home to creatures like zebras, giraffes, ostriches and kudu...just to name a few!

The family can go down under as they experience koalas and kangaroos in the Walkabout Exhibit! Keep an eye out for those super cute joeys - you might just spot on in it's mothers pouch!

You might even come across animals you have never heard of before, like the KuneKune Pig, Scimitar-Horned Oryx or the Siamang - any ideas what they are?

You will just have to visit to find out!

San Francisco Zoo isn't just animals though! There are beautiful gardens where you can explore the beautifully colored plants, and plenty of RIDES for those little ones! A zoo experience wouldn't be complete without that ride on a steam train, or a spin on that historic 1921 carousel. 

The playground is always popular with kids as it's modeled after three ecosystems and sections appeal to different age groups.

Don't miss the storytelling either! There are storybook sites around the zoo and kids can listen to stories and fun facts about the animals. Amazing stuff!

Animal fun...and then some...at this popular San Francisco attraction! Don't forget your camera!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20
  • Children$14 (ages 4 to 14)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm through spring and summer.

Open 365 Days a Year

Teachers corner

There are a number of educational programs for all grade levels. What a great idea for a day out of the classroom! You can also try an overnight excursion - how amazing! .

I'm Hungry!

The San Francisco Zoo has several restaurants offering a variety of food choices - from tasty hot dogs and burgers, to Asian specialties and vegetarian choices. Snack and beverage carts are also stationed around the zoo along with picnic tables and outdoor seating. .

Healthy Eating!

They have salads and sandwiches available in the restaurants if you want to stay healthy! .

Any Top Tips?

Check the times for any events happening first thing in the morning, then you can plan your day around them! .

Doing our bit

Their hope is that caring for specific animals will inspire people to care for all wildlife, and that this is the first step in the journey to becoming a conservationist..

Need a little extra help?

Wagons, Jeeps, wheelchairs, and electric scooters are available for daily rental at the Entry Village on a first come, first served basis. The zoo is accessible. .

Can I get one of those?

The shop is a great place to pick up some fun gifts and souvenirs! From animal related toys, gifts and apparel, there will be something for everyone! .

More information

If you love visiting the zoo, look into membership because you help the animals AND get free admission! .

What people are saying?

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    please clean the bathrooms!! That's the only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars. The restrooms by the kids play area was disgusting (paper towels and toilet paper everywhere). The restroom at the entrance was disgusting (paper all over, toilet paper and a dirty diaper on the floor of the handicap stall). But the worst one by far was the restroom by the climbing tower and earthquake shack! There was actually toilet paper with fecal matter on it on the floor and all of the toilets weren't flushed. Also, I never saw anyone cleaning the bathrooms....Read More

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    I hate to write a bad review. But 42 bucks for my wife and I including 8 bucks for parking. Polar bear makes me sad. No impressive animal presentations for kids.

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    The animals looked depressed.
    The wolverine exhibit was so fake and sad.
    This is the closest I've seen to a prison for animals. So sad especially knowing this is in San Francisco california of all places.

    You have plenty of zoos to visit like the new orleans Audubon zoo or manhattan zoo. But this maybe you should skip

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    Not the largest zoo that I've been to, but the good thing about that is that there's very little to obstruct your view of the animals. I was impress with the variety of animals and the ease at which you can walk through the entire park without getting lost or frustrated because the tiger is hiding behind the bushes. Seems like a good place for kids since it's not too far a walk and the animals are pretty easy to spot.

    Ignore all of the stupid comments about animals sleeping. Yes, if you go midday, then there's a good chance that they may be sleeping...Read More

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    Meh, I honestly thought this was gonna be a great zoo but it was more like a LONG walk in the park. Took my gf there as a surprise and honestly she seemed really bored with it and I was too. There were barely any animals and most things were closed. Will probably never return. Good thing the Great Bridge and beach made up for it. We're from Fresno, even the zoo over here was better IMO. That says a lot.

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    It's been easily over 10 years since I've been to the SF Zoo, and last I remember it wasn't very great and to be honest, very lackluster. So when my girlfriend wanted to go to the SF Zoo for her birthday, I was reluctant but still took her. Hoping that things have changed since I was a kid, the SF Zoo still is lackluster. The zoo is very big and nice to walk around, but the atmosphere isn't great. We spent about 2.5 hrs walking around the zoo taking pictures for the most part, but it wasn't very busy. The people there weren't super excited...Read More

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by Ken Mercado

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please clean the bathrooms!! That's the only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars. The restrooms by the kids play area was disgusting (paper towels and toilet paper everywhere). The restroom at the entrance was disgusting (paper all over, toilet paper and a dirty diaper on the floor of the handicap stall). But the worst one by far was the restroom by the climbing tower and earthquake shack! There was actually toilet paper with fecal matter on it on the floor and all of the toilets weren't flushed. Also, I never saw anyone cleaning the bathrooms. Gross! Every hand sanitizer dispenser we tried either didn't work or was empty. I hope people aren't getting sick from the dirty conditions there.

by Thomas Wysocki

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Not the largest zoo that I've been to, but the good thing about that is that there's very little to obstruct your view of the animals. I was impress with the variety of animals and the ease at which you can walk through the entire park without getting lost or frustrated because the tiger is hiding behind the bushes. Seems like a good place for kids since it's not too far a walk and the animals are pretty easy to spot.

Ignore all of the stupid comments about animals sleeping. Yes, if you go midday, then there's a good chance that they may be sleeping to avoid the midday sun, but the good thing is that you'll still get to see them and if you hang around to late afternoon there's often feeding time.

by Danny Roldan

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It's been easily over 10 years since I've been to the SF Zoo, and last I remember it wasn't very great and to be honest, very lackluster. So when my girlfriend wanted to go to the SF Zoo for her birthday, I was reluctant but still took her. Hoping that things have changed since I was a kid, the SF Zoo still is lackluster. The zoo is very big and nice to walk around, but the atmosphere isn't great. We spent about 2.5 hrs walking around the zoo taking pictures for the most part, but it wasn't very busy. The people there weren't super excited to be there, and it appeared that the animals didn't want to be there either. Most of the animals seemed like they wanted to sleep most of the time. People go to the zoo to see animals up and about, experiencing what it's like to see an animal is its "habitat". People don't need to go to the zoo to see the animals sleep.

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