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San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco
(3.7/5 based on 600+ 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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  • The grandkids love going to the SF Zoo. Some bits are getting a little bit tired and need revamping. The lemur exhibit is a favorite. I love seeing the otters cavort. Of course the cats are a marvel a...  more »
  • Nice zoo with good displays. Agree with another reviewer that it's a little hard to navigate but still very fun, especially for the kids. Food options seemed a little scarce. Especially enjoyed the ke...  more »
  • My family spent 1/2 day at the zoo. The new attractions are well done and hopefully the animals will have more space. It is not natural to cage the animals, but if now, will they be around for the nex...  more »
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  • Not the largest zoo, but nice variety of animals. Clean facility and friendly staff. Nice location right on the ocean. Great place to spend a day with the kids.
  • We love this zoo. It is right next to the ocean. The weather is almost always surprisingly pleasant. Bring a jacket just in case. I love the landscaping and beautiful plants, bushes and trees here!! My children love to play on the awesome playground and see the animals. The petting zoo is fun..bring some quarters!;)
  • Beautiful zoo with plenty of animals on display in well kept enclosures.the whole zoo in set in a beautiful large area with tons of trees pathways. The best part for our family since we have a lot small children is the massive play area with swings, and other playground fixtures. Easily 4 to 5 times larger than a public park.
  • You can reach the place by tube. It feels like the Zoo used to be great and now several big buildings are simply not used. The pachyderms wing is closed. They have beautiful animals, I really liked the savana where you can call next to the giraffes.
  • A fairly mediocre Zoo, but better than nothing. Animals look rather sad. Limited fun things for kids...like swings. Food is the usual fast food junk. Older kids & adults will get board. Younger kids will be a hassle to get to walk around. Better to head south to the Aquarium.