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Address: Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone Number: 415 753 7080
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Description: The penguins win the popularity contest at this zoo. You can watch being...
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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Great Zoo!

I've heard mixed reviews on this zoo, but I have no idea why. It's a great zoo! It will take you about 4-5 hours to see and do everything, maybe even more if you stop for a few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I've heard mixed reviews on this zoo, but I have no idea why. It's a great zoo! It will take you about 4-5 hours to see and do everything, maybe even more if you stop for a few shows. The exhibits are really interesting, especially the lemur overlook. The staff is really inviting and helpful. There are so many interactive... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a better zoo than the nearby Oakland zoo, with the only downside being there are no elephants. Food inside the zoo isn't great either, but then at Oakland zoo it's even worse. Always make sure to carry warm clothes - hey, it's San Francisco after all!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is definitely a city zoo. It's not a world-class institution like the San Diego Zoo or the Bronx Zoo or the Singapore Zoo. But it is a nicely designed space that's great for kids. The animals on the morning we visited were active, and our granddaughter loved both the animals and the exceptional playground. There are well laid out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

A nice place to spend a day in San Fransisco. The animals seem to be taken good care of although the space is not very large compared to parks in Scandinavia. We only felt sorry for the polar bear in the Californian summer heat. Wonderful playgrounds for kids where the adults can relax while the children play. My boys age... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This zoo has a great deal of history and is very nicely done. Because it has been here a while, there are wonderful shade trees everywhere that are very old. Don't expect something new and trendy, which is oddly refreshing. Great afternoon.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We attended he zoo on Sun 16th Aug, travelling by the muni which was fine from the city. Sadly the zoo was a bit of a let down, compared say to San Diego zoo which is another level. Many exhibits appeared to be single animals, eg a sad looking old chimp and several compounds were empty. The whole place needs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Had an enjoyable visit to the SF Zoo. The site is right against the Ocean and the view on the drive over was excellent. The zoo itself is beautiful. Several exhibits allow you to feel like you are right there with the animals. The kids (age 5-12) really enjoyed the new playground.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Its very good, and doable with young kids. Kids also have a train ride,carousel and a big play area to enjoy.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a great time! How many places can you observe natures creatures in a peaceful environment and bring in your own picnic! The location is at the beach so the temperatures remain cool which means the animals are out for observation most of the day. After a bit of walking we settled for a nice picnic with food supplied from... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The last time I was at a zoo it had to have been before I can remember! I have been to animal arks and animal rehabilitation centers but not an actual zoo in forever. We went to this zoo as part of my birthday. I wanted to see giraffes big time and not only did I see giraffes but a... More 

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