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San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco

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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. 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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TripAdvisor
  • We got there as soon as the zoo opened and bought a Day Pass Plus (a 4D movie experience). We got straight on the bus that took around the whole zoo, we took great photos from the top of the bus and a...  more »
  • The best part of this place is the playground. The kids ran around and had a great time and if we had been better prepared, we would have brought drinks, snacks and a lunch to enjoy on the grassy fiel...  more »
  • We have been to many zoos and this one stood out as not being very great, apart from the easiness of how it is laid out and walking wise very easy but it just had a very unsettling and depressing feel...  more »
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  • Overall a beautiful zoo because of the old trees and such but I feel some of the animal spaces could be bigger.. But I like that they rotate the cats, so they can get a sense of smell of the other cats which stimulates them and also they have more tied to explore! That takes hard work, and is admirable. Signs could be better though, we got lost a couple times trying to follow the signs, but we could have used the map. Was a good time. Peaceful.
  • As a nanny, I love the SF Zoo for the endless entertainment it provides small children. Playgrounds are large and themed. The animals on display seem to have a lot of space. With the renovations, the animals seem more accessible while actually being safer from visitors. Membership is relatively inexpensive and well worth it for regular visitors.
  • This is a fantastic zoo, and the kids love it here. It has all the quintessential animals, several zoo habitat-themed playgrounds, a merry-go-round, and awesome exhibits with teaching (if you come at the designated time). I love bringing guests of all ages here, and we always have a blast. The food is quite pricey, so bring your own if you can.
  • I love this Zoo! We have a family membership, and if we could do the drive from the North Bay every weekend we would come and camp out here on Saturdays. Now we come as often as we can and bring friends! Kudos to the VP who is always biking around the park checking to make sure the guests were happy. Always well maintained and clean. Great park and we love the train!
  • Animals looks happy at this zoo. If you plan it right you can get your questions answered by the zoo staff. Check out the feeding times of animals. Great place for kids who wants to learn more about animals.