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San Francisco Zoo

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Address: Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone Number: 415 753 7080
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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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Still good after all these years

Have been going to this Zoo for 60 years and now am proud to take my grandson there. It has kept clean and new adding and deleting as they see fit. Still could use a little bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Sonoma County, California
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Seattle, WA
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Used to come here as a young child so it was neat being able to take my son to the SF Zoo. We spent a good portion of our time seeing the savanna exhibit and the gorillas. We were fortunate to go on a weekday so crowds were minimal.

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Central coast CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's smaller than San Diego Zoo but charming and well tended. Less crowds and lots of variety in animals, entertainment! Loved it!!

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easton, ct
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in San Francisco for the half marathon and stumbled upon the San Francisco Zoo. The zoo was very clean and easy to navigate. We were impressed with the animals they had there.

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Sonoma County, California
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84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been going to this Zoo for 60 years and now am proud to take my grandson there. It has kept clean and new adding and deleting as they see fit. Still could use a little bit more love but I believe they are keeping the integrity of the years past by not demolishing some of the older buildings. Loved... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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733 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The San Francisco Zoo is an example of the older U.S. zoos but it is still worth the time to visit and explore the displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time at the zoo😎 we enjoyed the penguins, Rhino, giraffes everything was so nice. We even became members !

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The SF zoo has been transformed over the years (and is still being transformed) into a much more animal-friendly environment. The result is that visiting the zoo is more like walking through a big park with some animal enclosures. The animals seem very well cared for and the exhibits are attractive and mostly roomy. Don't miss the bears, koalas, the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here late in the afternoon, but saw all the animals before they closed (about 2 1/2 hours). It wasn't crowded, and has a lot of open space. Most of the animals were up and about. Liked the Mexican Wolf enclosure. Sat and watched the penguins while we had a snack.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

South and west of downtown. Near Lake Merced Park. Easy to find parking. Cost $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $10.50 for children 4 to 14 and free under 4. Clean, delightful animals and not the largest zoo around but adequate for a few hours of enjoyment. Check their web site for free days (San Francisco residents)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The San Fran zoo is a bit challenging to get through (we took BART from Oakland and then transferred to the SF Muni L line which had 27 stops between the Embarcadero Station and the Zoo at the opposite end of the line) but it's a very good zoo that has apparently spent a lot of time & effort upgrading... More 

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