San Francisco Zoo
Silverback Gorilla sitting on the grass at San Francisco Zoo
Silverback Gorilla sitting on the grass at San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo Tours and Tickets

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Enjoy a day at the San Francisco Zoo, home to hundreds of animals from around the world. Highlights include the African Savanna exhibit, dual-level Primate Discovery Center, and boundary-free South American Tropical Rainforest. Kids can pet animals in the Children’s Zoo, and kids of all ages like the daily Keeper Talks and animal feedings.

  • Sloat Blvd. & Great Highway, San Francisco, California, 94132

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Brian_L, Oct 2023
No regerts, recommended.
Good value! Absolutely saves you money. With the exception of the Aquarium by the Bay (which is super lame), these are all good attractions. I recommend taking the Exploratorium and Zoo as your two options to get most bang for your buck.
Denise_H, Oct 2023
Tons of fun!
The Chinatown ghost tour with Jamie, from was really good! He was very knowledgeable and super entertaining!
Candace_R, Sep 2023
100% Worth It
Definitely was worth the price. Overall we saved well over $100 dollars bundling all of the activities under the one go pass.
Jamie_B, Jun 2023
It was an enjoyable day saw a couple different things went to the zoo & the aquarium. The aquarium was probably more fun
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Q:Is the San Francisco Zoo worth it?
A:Yes, the San Francisco Zoo is worth visiting. It's home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals and multiple gardens of native California plants, flowers, and trees. Visitors can see grizzly bears, check out an African savannah multi species habitat, and ride the historic Dentzel Carousel.
Q:Do you have to make reservations for the San Francisco Zoo?
A:No, reservations are not needed to visit the San Francisco Zoo. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the booth at the main entry gate. However, the zoo can become crowded on weekends and holidays—in these cases, booking admission ahead of time is advised.
Q:What is the best time to visit the San Francisco Zoo?
A:The best time to visit the San Francisco Zoo is mid-morning after the fog has likely cleared and before larger groups arrive. Check the zoo website for feeding schedules to see penguins, grizzly bears, and other animals chow down during your visit. Note that the last entry is at 4pm.
Q:Do you have to pay for parking at the San Francisco Zoo?
A:Yes. Visitors must purchase a voucher on-site to park in the San Francisco Zoo parking lot. Fees vary on weekdays, weekends, and holidays; valet parking is available for an additional fee. Free street parking is available along Sloat Boulevard and in adjacent neighborhoods. Visitors arriving by public transportation receive an admission discount.
Q:How long does it take to walk through the San Francisco Zoo?
A:On average, visiting the San Francisco Zoo takes two to four hours—possibly longer with kids. That's enough time to ride the carousel and see most of the animals and gardens. However, visitors should plan on staying longer to see presentations, animal feedings, educational programs, or after-hours events.
Q:Can you bring drinks into the San Francisco Zoo?
A:Yes, guests may bring drinks and food inside the San Francisco Zoo. However, glass containers, alcohol, straws, and disposable lids are prohibited to ensure zoo animals and other guests are safe and comfortable. Guests may eat or drink at the Lemur Café and Playfield Lawn or on park benches.