San Antonio has a very WILD side, and it can be found to San Antonio Zoo!
Did you know that San Antonio's first zoo consisted of a collection of animals assembled in San Pedro Park in the 1800s? That's pretty amazing!
Then, in 1914, Colonel George W. Brackenridge, one of the city's leading citizens and founder of the San Antonio Express-News, placed buffalo, elk, deer, monkeys, a pair of lions, and four bears on land he had deeded over to the city in what is now known as Brackenridge Park. This collection became the San Antonio Zoo.
Now YOU can be part of it's history!
Today, the Zoo is home to over 8,500 animals representing 779 species of animals on 56 acres. Species from all over the world call this popular zoo home, and it's a great place for kids to learn all about them!
There are a number of exhibits that you can visit throughout your day. Kids can see underwater views of hippos and Nile crocs at Africa Live!
Explore more under the water life with the Friedrich Aquarium, home to a number of fresh and salt water animals. The Reptile House is filled with some of the most interesting animals on the planet, or kids of all ages can interact with adorable domestic creatures at at the Fun Farm petting zoo!
There are three species of bear, as well as a number of beautiful cats to see, including caracal and leopards, and of course those majestic African Lions.
Kids will love to see the gibbons at play, or they can imagine themselves on the vast Savanna with the zebras and giraffes.
Even those little kids can get in on the action with Nature Spot, designed for those under 5 years where they can dig, climb, and get dirty exploring nature's wonders!
With daily feedings and events across the year, it seems that San Antonio Zoo is the place to be! So what are you waiting for? Why not join this WILD family day out!
Standard admission from $21.73
Standard admission from $17.16 (Ages 3 to 11)
Check out the other fun activities at the zoo including the carousel and the zoo train! There is a small additional fee for these activities
Whether your looking for a meal for the family, a light-healthy salad, or some serious pub-style fare, the Zoo's culinary department has got you covered! There are two restaurants and a bar/grill to fill those tummies! No outside food or drink allowed
Healthy Eating There are healthy options within the eateries that you can enjoy something lighter!
School group field trips are available year round. Groups qualifying for school admission rates include public, private, religious and home school groups, daycares, pre-schools, and after-school programs, YMCA, Head Start, colleges, and PCI.
Of course there is a gift shop! In fact, there are a couple of areas where you can purchase goodies. Bring that pocket money to pick up some fun gifts and souvenirs before you leave!
The zoo is accessible, and they have wheelchairs available to rent
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Typically 9am - 5pm, but check online calendar for the day you want to visit
Open year round
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