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San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard & 47th Avenue
San FranciscoCA 94132
(415) 753-7080

Ages: 2 and up

Cost: Adults $15 | Children (4-14) $9 | Children 3 and under are FREE

Parking: Yes - $8

Features: Petting Zoo, Picnic Area, Stroller Rental, Shop, Snack Stand, Restrooms, Lockers, First aid station, Family Friendly, Changing Table

The San Francisco Zoo, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, is a world away from its urban surroundings.  Over 250 species of animals reside in the park, and many important botanical exhibits are featured throughout the park as well.  The recently built giraffe house is a gorgeous addition to the zoo, and the primate exhibit is a sprawling, active, tree-filled yard with two levels (ground and a tree-height path) to walk and watch the many species of endangered monkeys, lemurs, chimps and more.

The Fisher Family Children's Zoo is a lovely little six-acre park within a park.  The main allure is the many animals to pet and groom — yes, there are brushes and willing billy goats! — but the area also features an insect zoo, and an adorable meerkat exhibit, among other things.

Tickets are available online or at the zoo.

Hours of operation

Winter hours (early November to early March) daily 10:00am-4:00pm

Regular hours (mid March to early November) daily 10:00am-5:00pm

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Reviewed on 12/27/2010

The San Francisco Zoo is possibly the best zoo in Northern California! The animal habitats themselves are well-kept and often just as aesthetically beautiful as the amazing exotic animal residents within them.

Our family enjoys this zoo so thoroughly, we go right at opening and stay all day. Upon entering the zoo, we typically take a right and head for the expansive giraffe house and grounds, then loop around and become engrossed in the primate exhibit for a long while.

Though sometimes we pack a lunch, I typically just budget for eating within the park. The International Tastes Deli has a great taco salad, and the veggie stir fry is another tasty option. Just next door is another little cafe featuring typical attraction fare: hot dogs, burgers, pizza and more.

On a weekday, the zoo handles the amount of visitors well, so the pathways are open and even my five year old can run a wee bit ahead of the family... After a day of animal sight-seeing, we hit the playground for swing, slides, and climbing fun; then we make a final stop at the historical carousel (an extra $2/person) and sometimes even the Little Puffer Train ($4/person)!

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