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San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
San Francisco Zoo hosts gardens and habitats with over 1,000 animals from more than 250 species. Among numerous mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates, you'll have a chance to see the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in captivity. You'll also have the chance to examine insect specimens under a microscope and observe a large selection of live arthropods, including centipedes, hissing cockroaches, termites, tarantulas, and bees. The zoo hosts exhibits of Africa and South America with their native animals, aviary, large cat, bear and primate centers, and a children's zoo with a feeding and petting farm. Check out the miniature steam train ride here. Before you head to San Francisco, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly San Francisco vacation generator, to make sure you see all that San Francisco has to offer, including San Francisco Zoo.
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  • This is a nice zoo. It was exactly what I had hoped for. There was a lot of things to do and the staff was very knowledgeable. They were not afraid to answer questions. The animals looked healthy and ...  read more »
  • Outdoor fun for the family. Took our grandson and he saw his favorite lions then off to the excellent soft/safe playground where he ran and laughed and screamed for hours with made on the spot friends...  read more »
  • This zoo is definitely worth it. There is plenty to see and do to a few hours to walk around. The beasts look good and the park is good and friendly about it.
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  • Go for the Africa, lemur, and grizzly bear exhibits. These three are amazing. The rest of the zoo is good and it's well laid out. Ample places for kids to play and have fun. Their playground is really impressive, we always had to end their with my daughter. Downside is parking, it is awful there and expensive, even if you are a member.
  • An overall good zoo. Plenty of animals to view, though some exhibits and attractions may be closed, leaving some sparse areas (but it all depends on when you visit). The food options within the zoo are okay and the general upkeep is okay. One of the bigger highlights here is the African area. The closest thing you'll get to being on an actual African savannah, but in San Francisco. When the zoo is closing, check out the giraffe house for a nice up-close view of the giraffes, and a good Q&A session with the zoo keepers. Do check out all the other events throughout the day with the keepers to learn more about the animals and see them be fed. The penguin feeding is a popular one and happens twice a day. SF residents get discounted entry every day, and select days throughout the year, there are free days (as long as you have proof of residency). There's some things I wish were a bit better, but it's still overall a good zoo worth visiting to see and learn about wildlife.
  • Awesome Zoo. One of the best I've ever visited. All the animals were interacting with their environment and everything had really nice vantage points. I got tons of great photos. Their gift shop was over priced and the apparel was few in choice offerings. Nothing really that sophisticated mostly kids clothing.
  • This place is like a hidden gem in an oasis of greens. Griffith Park has a ton of trails, and one of them is right by the old Zoo. My roommates and I went here earlier today and discovered just what we were looking for: Empty cages, abandoned habitats, and empty nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered! you can take the stairs down to the lower level and walk from cage to cage! You'll also be able to see what it'd be like if you were an animal. Pretty good if you're in an exploring kind of mood.
  • Fabulous for a 1.5 yo and a 5 yo. We were there for 4 hours and didn't get to do it all. Definitely an all day trip unless you bustle through and are ok skipping some things. The kids playground area is awesome for kids and teens and a spate toddler area. Almost worth the admission just for that. Parking $10 weekdays and $12 on weekends and holidays.
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