Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Francisco  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  San Francisco Zoo
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.
Create a full San Francisco itinerary
map

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in San Francisco by other users

17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in California BY A USER FROM QATAR March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in California BY A USER FROM QATAR March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM INDIA February, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM INDIA February, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Berkeley & San Francisco BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, relaxing, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM BELGIUM April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The zoo really is not laid out that well, and you can waste time wandering around looking for what you want to see. It is expensive as well. 
  • This is my first experience of visiting the Zoo. Before that I saw only zoo in the city of Nikolaev, which is advertised as the best in Ukraine. This heaven and earth when compared. Be sure to visit. A great place with beautiful scenery and outdoor enclosures for animals. Animals and birds in cages will not see. Delighted were from the family of gorillas, giraffes and penguins. The rate is $19 for adults, free for children up to 4 years. Public transport is very easy. We descended into the subway at Civic center station station and boarded the Red Branch L towards the Zoo (the last stop). Cross the street and direct path to the entrance of the Zoo.
    View original
  • The Zoo is located on a large site, where only the Africa paddock (giraffes, zebras, etc.) is very large. The polar bear, the Rhinoceros, hippo, etc. seem apparently alone to be kept, what I find personally very bad. The Zoo has my opinion after a lot more expansion potential. I not so much found the biodiversity of hammer, because I compare what a nicer selection with Zoo in Vienna, Zurich, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, etc. and have some generous enclosures. On a possible next visit I would go in the afternoon. Unfortunately it had the morning fog and in town was the most beautiful sunshine
    View original
Google
  • 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.