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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  • San Francisco zoo is small but fun. The animals seem really happy and are very well taken care of. The giraffes exhibit was our favorite. They seemed so playful and we loved that they came so close to get a drink. Great selfie opportunity! I recommend bringing your lunch with you (Stop and get a California Special sandwich on dutch crunch from George's Zoo Liquor Deli).
  • Lovely experience. I took my daughter for her 11month celebration and she loved it. The atmosphere was very nice. The weather was cold but the trip to the zoo was worth it. They had an abundance of different animals here!!!!
  • The zoo is pretty small. They don't have some of the biggest hits like elephants or polar bears. The rhino's horn is missing. Of course the main purpose of the zoo is conservation and they are certainly doing that. However some of the zoo was under construction and I didn't get to see everything I had last time. They have a really great playground, especially for toddlers. We had a fun day there - there's definitely lots to see.
  • The zoo is quite magnificent. There are lots of beautiful trees. The Africa enclosure is spacious with beautiful animals. The price for admission is more than reasonable. I have it for 4 stars only for the fact there isn't enough parking. We had to park across a busy highway and navigate across it a stroller with no sidewalks or easy access.
  • It was a lovely day. The Zoo is very clean. The habits for the cats were amazing. I love the history with the zoo. My recommendation for families without kids is to visit the zoo on a weekday. The amount of yelling children annoyed us, but the zoo itself was great! My husband and I will definitely be back!
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