San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco

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. Plan to visit San Francisco Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Francisco attractions using our San Francisco online route planner .
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  • This zoo is fairly large, which is great. It takes quite a few hours to walk around. We arrived at opening and a lot of animals were active. There were hardly any restaurants or stands open, which was...  more »
  • The zoo is located just next to the beach. It has a little bit of variety in its collection of animals. But, it is also limited and the animals do not seem to be in very good health, for the most part...  more »
  • Happy that kids were free during Jan 2018!! Parking is $10, sure wish they’d build that cost into the tickets. We went on a weekday, many things were closed sadly (no food outlets opens, so take lunch...  more »

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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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