San Francisco Zoo292 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
- Address: Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94132, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1415-7537080
- Ticket Price: 18 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Zoo, Family And Kids
Founded in 1929, the zoo has steadily expanded its number of animal residents. Today, it houses over 1000 animals covering 250 species. The exhibits are presented by both, species type and animal habitat. The main areas cover: the African Savannah, African Aviary, Primate Discovery Centre, Cat Kingdom, South America, Bear Country, and the Children's Zoo. The zoo’s gardens are also exotic and well-regarded, growing plants such as eucalyptus, coprosma, acacia, and bamboo.
In 2006 and 2007, the Siberian Tiger Tatiana made headlines after attacking twice; the first time it was a zookeeper, and the second time, it was three visitors who had been taunting the tiger – one of the visitors, a 17 year old boy, died of his wounds.
Trivia: Koko the Gorilla was born here.
San Francisco Zoo Travel Tips
- Under 14s must be accompanied by adults.
Entrance Ticket Details For San Francisco Zoo
- Seniors (65 and over): $16.00
- Children (4-14): $13.00
- Children (3 and under): Free
- Parking, weekdays: $8.00
- Parking, weekends and holidays: $10.00
- San Francisco residents with address proofs can get cheaper rates.
San Francisco Zoo Hours
- Admission closes an hour prior to closing time.
How to Reach San Francisco Zoo
- Bus 57 stops at Herbst Rd and Amory Rd.
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1.41% of people who visit San Francisco include San Francisco Zoo in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
76.92% of people start their San Francisco Zoo visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see San Francisco Zoo
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Francisco Zoo
San Francisco Zoo Reviews & Ratings
Really great zoo for its size. My kids enjoyed it and we spent almost half a day walking around and looking. Good for the price but I would skip the unlimited rides for the train and carousel, unless you plan on just doing those and not really walking around. They had a great play area for kids as well. Only thing is there was tons of construction and exhibits not open which was a bit of a bummer. But we still loved it !
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 place with enough to see and do. Really enjoyed being able to have the kids feed the giraffe for a small fee. The black beard were very active playing with each other, which was cute. And the food options were good.
This place was such a treat for me. I love animals. I saw so many up close except for the lions of course. The place smelled of what I can only describe as their natural nature in Africa or forest areas. It made me feel like I was in a different continent.
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.