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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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Hours:
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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Really nice

Visited on or around July 2014 it was a hot summer day but still had a lot of fun. We have been to the zoo a couple of times before and always enjoy it. My 2 YO was a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Eagle Pass, Texas
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Bertram, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a sad place...the elephant and most of the other big animals have no habitat to speak of. There are just rocks for them to stand on, no trees, no grass, no simulated pond, just a small area to stand in all day long day after day. The bird areas and aquariums were nice.

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Eagle Pass, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Visited on or around July 2014 it was a hot summer day but still had a lot of fun. We have been to the zoo a couple of times before and always enjoy it. My 2 YO was a little cranky and tired towards the end of our visit. All the animals seemed to be taken well care of. If... More 

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This zoo has a lot to see. They offer a package that includes a variety of things to do along with your admission to the zoo, such as admission to the butterfly house, a ride on the carousel and a ride on the train. Lots of animals and very clean.

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Round Rock, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
82 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The landscaping was pretty..and the park surrounding it looked very beautiful too! We took our one year old grandbaby..the train and carousel are a must. The carousel was 2.50 extra to ride..she loved it. The animals look well cared for and the rhino and hippo were my favorites. Lots of birds everywhere..aviaries to feed birds for a nominal fee. Perfect... More 

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Gurnee Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

This zoo is in need of updating. The conditions of the habitats are quite poor and there are very few large animals. I have never been to a zoo without any giraffes and only one elephant. There are many many bird exhibits. The grounds are nice for a long walk, but in general this zoo is so so. I would... More 

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Schertz, TX
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The zoo was very nice for the most part. I would agree with some others that the elephant area didn't seem that good. We only saw one elephant and that was very briefly. The area was very barren for the elephant. They did seem to have a lot of animals though. Also, the place for the rhinoceros seemed pretty bad.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

They have lots of monkeys, cats, big animals, and small ones, too, and aquarium. You can even have birds drink nectar right out of your hands! The train is cool, too!

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San Antonio, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I can't believe people actually visit this place. The elephant habitat is miserable as are most of the animals. Most looked so doped up how can they enjoy life, what little they have of one here. This is not on my list of recommendations, ever.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

The animal enclosures are pathetic and there is more concrete than anything else. The animals that you do see are clearly lethargic and failing to thrive. I'd respect this place so much if they closed their doors and spent time and money to make this place worthy of the majestic creatures we have here... but I don't see that happening.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It was nice, took my nieces there. However the mobs of kids running around were out of freakin' control. A zoo isn't where you run around at full speed playing hide and go seek, in/out of the stores and cafes. Parents and chaperons were too busy texting to keep the zoo experience in the exhibits...

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