San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco

Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • A true wildlife oasis in the middle of San Francisco. From penguins to giraffes to koala bears to Komodo dragons, the San Fransisco Zoo has it all. And it's just a short ride away from downtown SF on....  more »
  • Just an OK zoo. Can’t even compare with San Diego zoo. In Bay Area, Oakland Zoo is better. Pros: good location in sf; close to the Pacific Ocean; weather is all year long cool there; has rhino and...  more »
  • Very surprised by how many of the animals were active and moving around. No maps are handed out, you take a picture of the map and use your phone to guide yourself through the entire zoo - very green.  more »
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  • I'm accustomed to the Oregon Zoo, which is pretty nice but this was a fun change of pace. Very cool exhibits with animals I've never seen before. The animals look reasonably stimulated and happy, no bored pacing or other distressing behaviors which is great to see. The zoo puts a big focus on conservation which is also great. There's lots of nice trees and foliage shading the paths and the zoo is well maintained. Overall an excellent trip. The cassowary and lemurs were my favorites.
  • Great exhibits and the zoo helps support many local charities. Lots of animals here have been rescued and could not otherwise survive in the wild. They are also working on giving many animals larger enclosures such as the snow leopard and monkeys. The lemur exhibit in particular is fantastic. They have lots of room and areas to play, but it’s also easy to get a great view.
  • What a fantastic zoo! They keep it clean and have a great selection of animals. If you have kids, its perfect. Lots of bathrooms and food options and an amazing kids playground. Happens to be located right along the ocean so stays cooler in summer. Totally worth visiting.
  • I really liked this zoo! Lots of great animals to see. The peacocks were so neat, calling to one another around the zoo! You need two hours or more to really enjoy it. I had soup at the Leaping Lemur cafe. It was rather tasty and rather expensive. Next time, I'd bring my own drink, snacks, & pack a lunch. I wonder about the size of the enclosures, esp. for the larger animals: hippo, rhino, big cats, giraffe, zebras. I know they're in captivity, but do they have enough space to roam, explore, stretch? Perhaps they're more active earlier in the morning after the zookeepers have introduced new things in their pens? Glad this visit was on my "to do" list on my trip to SF, and just a hop-step from the beach!
  • It's been awhile since I last visited the San Francisco Zoo yet there were several exhibits closed to the public the same situation the last time I came. Unlike the zoo of my childhood now most of the animals are free range in their natural habitat with the exception of monkeys and some birds there are no cages. The Zoo is divided in several sections based on their geographic origins. There can be a section of African animals seen in a Savanna trail or another section with a Amazon Rain Forest theme. They done a good job transforming this zoo into a place that is above average as far as zoos go. The bears were out today on a warm September day and the Aviary is opened as well.

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