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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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Nice zoo

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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 27 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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San Antonio, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We took our two year old to visit the zoo and found most cages/pens or areas empty. Dont waste your time. We did see flamingoes, grizzly and polar bears, giraffee and zebra. It was clean and smelled good but no animals. Not worth the nearly $60.00 it cost.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I wanted to take my husband to the zoo as we both love animals and we both grew up going to the SF Zoo at a young age. What a disappointment when we first found out it was $20.00 a person (which is not a big deal since it helps out the animals) and it was a crowded day. As... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you have small children (under 5)...go. If not...stay away because it's not worth your time and money. I have been to smaller, private zoos that are better than this one. The ONLY redeeming qualities about this zoo were the teen program they had along the nature trail where teens were dispensing information about some more common animals/pets and the... More 

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