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San Francisco Zoo

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

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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Very nice zoo. Reasonable size zoo, large animal enclosures

Always a great option, whether with out of towners or locals. Especially nice on one of those clear, cool, blue sky Bay Area days in the spring or fall. Something for everyone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Woodinville, Washington

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Woodinville, Washington
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116 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always a great option, whether with out of towners or locals. Especially nice on one of those clear, cool, blue sky Bay Area days in the spring or fall. Something for everyone, from primates to insects to giraffes. It's an easy leisurely stroll. Two words of advice: the food options are limited and very mediocre (but who goes to the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited zoo on a hot sunny day and it was a bad idea. All animals were hiding from the heat and we barely saw couple of them.

Thank Sweetukrop
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While I was touring San Francisco, I decided to go visit their Zoo. I love animals so I always go to the local zoo. I took the public transport which takes you right to the front door. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. it was easy to get around and see everything ..I recommend a weekday visit.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the whole day at the San Francisco Zoo. They have a bunch of very nice displays. Some favorites, along with the Penguins, were the Giraffes (they had youngsters), the Grizzly Bears, the turtles, and the Meerkats!!!

Thank Dale A
Tempe, Arizona
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my childhood zoo and it has grown and developed over the years. Today it is not only a wonderful place to visit, but a safe haven for wild animals needing shelter, temporary or permanent. Like all zoos, this one has expanded the size and setting of exhibits to offer a more natural setting for the animals. And like... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great way to spend 3-4 hours exploring this zoo. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and well kept. It may be lacking in some of the "BIG" animals, but the ones they have are well worth the time. See the new lion cub, watch the penguins being fed, the Silver Backs at play and visit the new So.... More 

Thank Mary Ann L
Broken Bow, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent part of a day here in late October while on a long weekend getaway to San Fran. We always enjoy going to zoos wherever our travels take us and this zoo was on our agenda. The landscaping is very good!! Lots of trees and greenery. The exhibits were some of the best for habitats as there is plenty of... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The gardens and grounds look fantastic the primate enclosure is well laid out with though given to public viewing space. All the enclosures looked spacious for the animals. The grizzly bear exhibit with the water view point was very popular with the visitors.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Have visited a few times and each time it was just as sad. The animal are always hiding and seem depressed. The enclosures could have more for the animals, you can get away with entertaining the kids for a few hours but as an adult bring something to pass the time with.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My partner and I are long time SF residents and we visited the SF zoo last month over the Labor Day weekend. Although we enjoyed the visit, I honestly found the zoo average. It is not a big zoo and all the animals can be viewed in one afternoon. Should you be visiting SF from out of town and have... More 

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