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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 #88 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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Burlington, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My family loves Zoos and we took our 2 year old granddaughter to the SF Zoo for the first time. This is one of the best zoos we have been to (right up there with SD and Milwaukee). The cool temperatures (it is oceanside in SF and we were wearing jackets in July) helped with the animals being outside and... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Beautiful day nice day to go see the animals . Pleasantly surprised caught the train over and enjoyed the beach at the bottom of the zoo. ! Nice time

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Manteca, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very nice zoo. We were able to see penguins and big cats being fed. My grandson loves penguins, and this zoo has an extremely knowledgeable penguin caretaker. He will take the time to answer all of your questions after their feeding. Feeding the big cats was just as informative. The caretakers really do want to share their knowledge of the... More

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San Francisco, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
35 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My (20 year old) daughter and I had a good time visiting the zoo on her first visit to San Francisco. The zoo seems half abandoned, with a number of exhibits shuttered or under construction. Although I loved the live steam train, it seems a bit at odds with the mission of animal enrichment, conservation, etc. as it shrieks and... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I went to the SF zoo with my 2.5 yr old niece and my mother in law. All of us enjoyed a lot watching the animals out in the zoo. We also saw a peacock walking close to us which became the highlight of our trip to the zoo. My niece enjoyed the zoo a lot. Unfortunately, we did not... More

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Palm Springs, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped here for a quick walk through of the zoo, we spent 4 hours here and had a great time making memories. The big cats where amazing but we thought the Lemurs stole the show. Great place to take the family. The food was even edible!

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Tracy, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
101 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our recent visit here over the summer was awesome. I wish I was a San Francisco Resident because the zoo offers “one free day a month” to San Francisco residents Anytime we “think” of coming to the city, I’m always packing enough clothes for everyone to bring just in case. Most of the time, we usually leave our clothes in... More

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Redwood Valley, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my grandson's first trip to the zoo. Quite honestly he would have been happy watching the ducks on the pond most of the day, but we wouldn't let him. He walked most of the park and was awestruck when we got to the Giraffe pens. He loved running around, eating dipping dots at the end of the day... More

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Luton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a wonderful zoo, open plan with lots of things to see. There is a playground for kids which was very busy on weekdays as I assume a lot of school trips take place. As it is quite big, the zoo did not feel busy although it was. Didn't really find anything much to sit down and have a... More

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