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San Antonio Zoo

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Neighborhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3903 N. Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone Number: (210) 734-7184
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Description: With more than 8,500 animals on 56 acres, there's plenty of fun for the...
With more than 8,500 animals on 56 acres, there's plenty of fun for the whole family. The San Antonio Zoo was first established with a donation from George W. Brackenridg in the 1800s. Two of the first cageless exhibits in the U.S. opened here in 1929 and the bird collection is one of the world's largest.
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A great size zoo, with several very good exhibits. As a member of our local zoo, this zoo offers a 50% discount which makes a visit very affordable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Midland, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We took our little children to the zoo. It is clean and well laid out with plenty of bathrooms and concessions. A good variety of animals but many times there was only one animal in the exhibit - like the elephant. She is 52 and been at this zoo all her life - but now is alone. The zoo is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had a zoo pass from our home town Zoo so it was half off. If we had to pay full price, we might have been disappointed. The zoo has enough variety for an interesting morning. The white rhino, cheetah, and lion exhibits are very good. The elephant looks pretty lonely, but they said it doesn't like other elephants so... More 

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Rochester, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A great size zoo, with several very good exhibits. As a member of our local zoo, this zoo offers a 50% discount which makes a visit very affordable.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were visiting on vacation. On abMonday of spring break the parking lot was near full but spots were available. We arrived at 11 just as the morning guests were packin their mini vans. Despite the people, there are plenty of viewing spots. It's a very next nice zoo for this sized city. Top 5 for us and we have... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Absolutely perfect weather day. The park is clean, well kept and extremely friendly. Lots of monkeys (which we love)! Unfortunately several of the animals were resting in the sun, so they were a bit difficult to see. But, overall a great day with family!

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Suffern, New York
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154 reviews 154 reviews
58 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to this zoo. It's a good size zoo for families with young children as it's not overwhelming. The animals can be seen easily from the viewing areas and the enclosures are small enough that the animals are never that far away.

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Small Town USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I haven't much to say other than that the San Antonio Zoo needs to take notes from the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield IL. Every time I come to the zoo in San Antonio, the animals look droopy, tired, or even worse, not outside at all. When I recently visited the Brookfield Zoo, I was reminded again how a zoo SHOULD... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The grounds of this zoo are gorgeous. On the site of an old quarry, the limestone walls are used as part of some habitats bringing the landscape together beautifully. The horticulturists do an amazing job with the all the plants on the grounds. THEN, there are the animals. There are a lot of birds at this zoo, which we especially... More 

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Sachse, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I took the family there on a weekday during Spring Break and the crowds weren't too bad. The zoo was nice. The outside exhibits were large & open and most of the animals were out and about. Walking through the park seemed to flow smoothly and all the exhibits seemed orgainized. We are use the the Dallas & Fort Worth... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The zoo was clean, including restrooms. The zoo was very pleasant, lots of animals. Most were out the day we went. Check website for animal feeding times! Cute gift shop. Lots to wee!!!

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