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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 #94 of 375 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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
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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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el paso, texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was by far the saddest and most depressing zoo that we have ever been to. We visit San Francisco several times a year and finally made our way to the zoo. Usually we spend hours at a zoo but this was not a zoo where we wanted to linger. Most of the habitats look like they haven't seen improvements... More

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Yuba City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My Girl Scout troop and I learned the hard way to avoid (generally) first Wednesdays, which are designated as SF Resident Free Days, applying to San Francisco residents with proof of residency, giving them free admission. Consequently, not all zoo experiences were available even to those that paid full admission price. Considering it is the height of tourist season, there... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have never written a review before but this zoo is so awful I felt I should share my experience. On the day we went no end of the exhibits were empty with no satisfactory explanation of why they were so. The animals that were there were housed in accommodation that proudly announced that it was built in circa1940. The... More

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Like all zoo's be prepared to walk. Love how close you are and feel to the animals.Had an awesome big cat tiger experience, where a male tiger came right up to the viewing window and posed for pictures and rubbed against the window! AWESOME! Also buy the souvenir zoo cup, you get free refills all day. Worth the money.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We got a taxi but this attraction is easily accessible on the L line muni (electric trams) you also get 10% off entrance if you go on the tram. The Zoo is quite old but is obviously being renovated with modern areas for lemurs, apes & savanna animals. Hopefully upgrades for the bears, sea lions & penguins to follow. Decent... More

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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

we visited the place with 15 month old kid. Besides the animals the train ride was also enjoyable. Most of the animals are kept in open space with fences. Nice to look at them and to take snaps. Kid enjoyed very much. Another real attraction while in SFO is Ghirardelli Ice creams. You wont stop with one scoop. So nice... More

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Tracy, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I have been visting this zoo for over 50 years. The zoo has not seen an update since 2004. Although some of the zoo has been renovated, including a primate center and Children's zoo, the big cats, bears and other large animals are still in outdated concrete enclosures and small wire cages. This is one of the wealthiest cities in... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Sorry to be so mean but this zoo was such a disappointment. Had heard loads of good things about it from reviews and from the website. They were going on about how they were leading the way in conservation, etc. but what a sad sight. The animals were clearly unhappy - panting like crazy with tiny enclosures! The polar bear... More

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