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“Wonderful for every age!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco, CA 94132 (Sunset)
415 753 7080
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Ranked #75 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
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Owner description: 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.
Springfield, Virginia
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“Wonderful for every age!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The San Francisco Zoo is a true gem of a zoo. It is beautifully designed for viewing the animals. It is not too large and not too small. Plan to spend one whole day there. Spend some time at each enclosure; you are sure to be impressed by this wonderful collection of animals. Some will entertain you; some will surprise you; some will enjoy watching you. The workers are all friendly and helpful, so don't be afraid to ask questions. As an added bonus, the restaurants have good food and a variety of options from which to choose. Have a fun day!!

Visited June 2013
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Yuma, Arizona
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“Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We spent the entire day here and enjoyed every minute. Beautiful landscaping and fantastic well-cared for animals! So much to see and do. Easy access by public transportation which is nice. Covers a lot of ground so although it was crowded, I never felt that way. Excellent staff and the young volunteers were knowledgeable, informative, and helpful! This should definitely be on everyone's 'to see' list if you visit San Francisco.

Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Fun zoo, though a lot of construction right now (June 2013)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Nice zoo and I think it will be even better when the construction was done. Unfortunately there was a decent amount of construction going on. The two level primate area was VERY cool. We also enjoyed the outdoor penguin exhibit. Their dining area has locally sourced food and options other than just burgers and pizza (like stir fry). The parking is $8 and once you are in the lot, you are stuck there until you pay. So just plan ahead with that regard.

Visited June 2013
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Fredericktown, Missouri, United States
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“San Fran Zoo was a bust”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I don't normally give "bad" reviews, but in comparison to the St. Louis Zoo I was deeply disappointed with the San Francisco Zoo. There were hardly any animals available to see. Mostly sea lions and butterflies. Many of the exhibits were empty and there was mismatched dinosaur stuff all over the grounds?

Visited April 2013
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Saratoga, California
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“Sadly much degraded from what it was 20 years ago”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We remembered S.F. Zoo as a great place to go.

But our visit on a weekday in June 2013 disappointed us. Maintenance is lagging and a surprisingly large fraction of the animal pens are empty!

What's happening? There seemed to be an adequate number of visitors, evidenced by a full parking lot. Insufficient city funding?

Visited June 2013
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