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San Francisco Zoo

Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco, CA 94132 (Sunset)
415 753 7080
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Ranked #90 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Zoos
Description: The penguins win the popularity contest at this zoo. You can watch being fed daily at 3 PM. Or, if you prefer the big cats, come an hour earlier.
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san pedro, ca
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My 22-year old daughter still loves the zoo, so we planned a trip up to the Bay area. This zoo makes for a pleasant walk while enjoying the sounds of the animals and learning bits of info. Lots of trees and places to sit and rest if need be. Being next to the water creates a cool breeze that's appreciated.

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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I went with my three year old daughter and her grandparents who absolutely loved the experience. I was pleasantly surprised and amazed by the entire zoo and location which is across from the ocean and beach. In my opinion, the entry prices are well worth your money and time to visit compared to amusement parks within the SF Bay Area.... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

From the outside it doesn't look like a massive facility, however once you are in there, there is plenty to see. I was amazed at Polar Bears in California! If you are a creative type, then the installation there showing the amount of litter dumped in the sea and affecting marine life is an eye opener, and the artwork created... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We spend 5 hours here with our 7 year old. So much to see!! Loved the habitats of the animals, the vastness of the park. There were lots of neat places to take photos and we loved the recycled items display. We belong to Philadelphia Zoo and this is a reciprocal zoo so we go discounted pass and food! The... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Zoo is in a lovely location on the beach so a morning at the zoo and afternoon on the beach next to the ocean highway is a high recommendation, for the zoo itself has superb exhibits such as the koalas and the stunning grizzly bears which were amazing, gorillas were superb too! The zoo has plenty to see and great... More

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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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262 reviews 262 reviews
140 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This zoo is great. The climate allows them to grow plants related to the animals natural environment (the African area had plants from Africa!) which we appreciated. The entire zoo is also well maintained and filles with great landscaping inside and out of the actual exhibits. We arrived as it was opening so we got the chance to see many... More

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Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I can understand why some have said it is depressing. The staff are nice, and the animals look well fed and the enclosures are kept tidy. However, some of the larger animals were obviously stressed out and were constantly pacing back and forth. I have been to a few zoos in different countries and never seen that behaviour before. I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a good zoo, and it's definitely worth a trip. You can save ten bucks on parking if you park across the street on the ocean side of the zoo in the free beach parking.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great day at the zoo. What isn't there to like amongst a bunch of animals. I liked the was it was set up, it wasn't a bunch of animals in cages.

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El Dorado Hills, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

we took two little ones to the zoo. They loved it and we did too. The zoo is clean with lots of variety but not too big, perfect for family fun.

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