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San Francisco Zoo

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Address: Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
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+1 415-753-7080
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis....

Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants.

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Good and compact

San Francisco Zoo is compact, clean and good which can be covered in about 5 hours. It connected to city by MUNI ( train/ bus). U have African region, primate discovery centre... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Growing up in San Francisco we went to this special place quite alot!! Even tho I'm not a fan of animals not having alot of room to roam. I did enjoy the SF Zoo alot! I love the Merry Go Round and play ground! I love the tram and the enviorment!

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KellySFZoo, Marketing and Development Assistant at San Francisco Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your support! The Little Puffer and Carousel are a huge part of the Zoo's history and the new playground has something for everyone. See you again soon! More 

No. Cali
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59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here as a last minute thought, because the weather was clear and sunny for a Thursday in December in SF. Got there early and felt like we had the place to ourselves. Loved how easy it is to get around, easy to take great pictures. As it warmed up, more of the animals woke up and played. We got... More 

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KellySFZoo, Marketing and Development Assistant at San Francisco Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your wonderful review! The grizzly sisters are such a dynamic duo and it is awesome to see the howler family grow. See you again soon! More 

San Fernando, California
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The signs don't inform much about the animals; they mainly tell the visitors to shut up and leave the animals alone. One "talk" didn't happen. But, our adult daughter-in-law really liked her experience.

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Gangtok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

San Francisco Zoo is compact, clean and good which can be covered in about 5 hours. It connected to city by MUNI ( train/ bus). U have African region, primate discovery centre, Cat kingdom, South America, outback trail, exploration zone, platforms for kids, cafes, restrooms, gift shops. It also has keeper talks in each zone at specific time. Tropical rainforest... More 

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Thank Rabi Narayan S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent almost the entire day here. The animals were great. They all seemed well taken take of. The areas for the animals were clean. The gorillas are worth the price alone. Beautiful and smart animals. The cafe there was GREAT. I ordered the chicken teriyaki and the turkey club. They were both delicious. Better than anything I had while... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an awful place to put a zoo. Grey and cold and foggy and miserable. It is really depressing. It really is

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San Anselmo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

The grandkids love going to the SF Zoo. Some bits are getting a little bit tired and need revamping. The lemur exhibit is a favorite. I love seeing the otters cavort. Of course the cats are a marvel and enjoyed by all. A perennial highlight is the carousel. Wonderful animals to ride. The kids' playground is excellent.

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Mililani, Hawaii
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Nice zoo with good displays. Agree with another reviewer that it's a little hard to navigate but still very fun, especially for the kids. Food options seemed a little scarce. Especially enjoyed the keeper talks.

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San Francisco, California
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175 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

My family spent 1/2 day at the zoo. The new attractions are well done and hopefully the animals will have more space. It is not natural to cage the animals, but if now, will they be around for the next generation?? Enjoy while you can.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

I love zoo's and try and visit them in every city I go to providing they have a zoo. This zoo by far is one of the better ones I have been to. Its very big, spacious and clean. All the animal enclosures and big and spacious for the animal. All the animals looked more than happy, there seemed to... More 

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KellySFZoo, Marketing Assistant at San Francisco Zoo, responded to this review

Thank your for visiting! We appreciate your support Sarah! More 

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