Lovely zoo. Plenty of animals to see, and didn't feel like their conditions were wretched, as in many zoos. The presentations were engaging and interactive. The zoo keepers had unlimited patience for all the questions they fielded from my kids!
San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
- General Info:
- Winter Hours (November 1 to March 12 Open daily 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. (Last admission is at 3:30 P.M.) Family Farm and Hawk Hill : Daily 10:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Insect Zoo: Daily 10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (415) 753-7119
TTY: (415) 753-8141
Fax: (415) 681-2039
- Payment method:
- amex, check, mastercard, all major credit cards, visa, discover, cash, debit
- Located on Sloat Boulevard & Great Highway
- Southwest San Francisco, Lakeshore
- Programs available: Biofact Carts; Disability Access features: Designated routes and exhibit areas, Passenger car on the Little Puffer miniature steam train designed to hold a wheelchair; A sand box built high enough for wheelchair approach.
- Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
San Francisco Zoological Society Sloat Bl. at The Pacific Ocean
San Francisco Zoo
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Love to take kids on the ride and see all kids of animals it's really big and you get in for free on 1st Wednsday
I LOVE going to the zoo! I've been to the LA Zoo, San Diego Zoo, even a Zoo in China! Now I have been to the San Francisco Zoo. Definitely my favorite of all! My BF and I went on a sunny Saturday afternoon so I totally thought it was going to be packed. Any zoo can loose its awesomeness the more it gets packed with screaming kids and annoying teens. A quick bus ride and we were in the middle of a concrete jungle all by ourselves! Well, not completely alone but there definitely wasn't a...view more crowd.
We got there about 2 hours before closing so a lot of the animals were just getting ready for dinner and a bath before bed. They all seemed lively, most likely because they were hungry and we looked like a good appetizer before dinner. We got into a staring match with the big Silverback Gorilla (I swear he was thinking about how to get over the barrier), saw a mommy and baby gorilla, got yelled at by a couple of chimps, watched the giraffe chow down, chilled with some flamingos, said goodnight to the koala, sunbathed with the kangaroos, got close to the polar and grizzly bears, followed the back and forth pacing of a hungry tiger, ran away quietly from the roaring lion, and watched the fighter jet penguins race around the pond.
The SF Zoo does these awesome BikeAbouts that I would love to do when they come back in season! I can't wait for our next SF Zoo visit! In fact, if anyone was wondering: I'm accepting any and all donations for an annual SF Zoo membership! You know, in case they run out of snuggies and you can't think of what else to get me for Christmas *wink*wink*nudge*nudge*view less