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Lakeshore, San Francisco
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  • Sherilynn M.
    "My favorites are the emperor monkeys, flamingos, and giraffes!"(10 Tips)
    John R.
    "For SF residence, free on first Wednesday of month!"(5 Tips)
    Jason J.
    "Chill out and relax at the Leaping Lemur Cafe"(3 Tips)
    Swann F.
    "The kids playground is really great!"(2 Tips)
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  • Igal P.
    If you have a toddler, do not miss the family farm, toddler playground and the train.
  • Jason J.
    The giraffes and their habitat is breathtaking to look at. I loved the hippo, he put on a good show for the crowd. Chill out and relax at the Leaping Lemur Cafe
  • Jeffrey J.
    The Weekend in San Fransisco to see The wildlife.
  • Anubis W.
    San Francisco zoo
  • Zeke K.
    Zeke KochDecember 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of open spaces to roam. Kids love it.
  • Nathan/ofer E.
    Nathan/ofer EibschutzNovember 21, 2016
    Its pretty good. Lots of cute animals. 🐠🐟Good place for photography and good place to hangout with your buddies 😜
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorNovember 7, 2016
    Great zoo with plenty of animals to see
  • Shawna M.
    Shawna MarieSeptember 15, 2016
    Go during the week for smaller crowds. Make sure to get a tour to feed the giraffes!
  • Rob S.
    Rob SteeleJuly 13, 2016
    Very clean, great exhibits and animals.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJuly 12, 2016
    All about those lemurs.
  • Mayank M.
    Mayank MahajanJuly 10, 2016
    Pretty small zoo, and nothing too exciting unfortunately.
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainJune 23, 2016
    Huge zoo right next to the California coast. All the exhibits are excellent. The new wolf enclosure was just okay. Very clean, well organized, and overall a top zoo in the country
  • Alper E.
    Alper E.June 14, 2016
    Totally not worth $20. Go do smth more interesting.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1, 2016
    Needs more monkeys!
  • Felix P.
    Felix PuetschMarch 20, 2016
    Nice zoo, but several areas look abandonded or are fenced off by ugly tape/ construction walls.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyMarch 12, 2016
    It's a weird little place. A lot of the buildings are in need of serious repairs. It's kinda fun though, lots of great animals to see.
  • Melay M.
    Melay MDecember 1, 2015
    Animales my favorite part was The family farm
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MNovember 3, 2015
    Love love love the SF zoo! A must visit
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertOctober 28, 2015
    playground was a big hit. also check out the sculpture garden nearby. realistic (though often not to scale) representations of exotic and strange life forms
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out for the aggressive sea gulls at the food courts--they'll grab your pizza slice in a hot second if you're not on guard!
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The lions, tigers, leapords--and rhino and hippo.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithAugust 9, 2015
    The petting zoo was the best part as you can play with the goats!
  • Erin C.
    Erin CarriganJuly 30, 2015
    I wish they still had the lorikeets
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellJuly 23, 2015
    But a membership and see the animals at different times of day and during different seasons. Animals have moods. I have mixed feelings about zoos but the anteater and giraffes always seem chilled out
  • Kaitlin N.
    Kaitlin NicholsJune 14, 2015
    Hey San Francisco Zoo, join Freebie! Read more
  • Jerry L.
    Jerry LucasJune 2, 2015
    Overall layout. It seems large, most animals seem have a lot of room. Negative is one polar bear died last week. The remaining polar bear seems sick. Make sure to bring warm clothes!!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    The playground is huge! Kids love it!
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJanuary 7, 2015
    Easy to get through in 1/2 a day. Awesome Grizzly Bear exhibit.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 7, 2014
    Perfect for the kids and for folks studying biology or zoology
  • Swann F.
    Swann FreslonNovember 4, 2014
    Excellent zoo! Animals seem to be well treated and in good shape. The kids playground is really great!
  • Julia M.
    Julia MezaSeptember 22, 2014
    Gorillas, baby gorilla
  • Julia M.
    Julia MezaSeptember 22, 2014
    Parking is $10 admission $17
  • Scott H.
    Scott HSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have kids, a membership is a must-have. There is a new playground, way towards the back, that is huge.
  • Вікторія К.
    Nice place)
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    What kind of kid doesn't love the zoo? They've got gorillas, penguins, giraffes, tigers, and bears. (Oh my.) Read more
  • Mr Kon
    Mr KonJuly 20, 2014
    Make sure to be at the Giraffe House at 4:30pm for their feeding. Those animals are so amazing.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DuncanJuly 13, 2014
    Bring lunch with you
  • George C.
    George ChaoJune 9, 2014
    The ocean wind usually makes the zoo cold. Be sure wearing layered clothes visiting
  • Geli Z.
    The first Wednesday of every month is free for san Francisco residents worth proof of ID.
  • Joy D.
    Joy DingMay 22, 2014
    Baby red panda Tenzing is the cutest thing ever
  • Tom Moondog D.
    Tom Moondog DelMundoApril 22, 2014
    Amazing kids playground. Save this for last and let the types burn off their energy before heading home.
  • Richard M.
    Richard ManganApril 9, 2014
    Depressing :-(
  • Megan C.
    Megan CurlingApril 5, 2014
    Otter Eno!
  • 👾 Jon C.
    👾 Jon CarrollFebruary 24, 2014
    Go see the penguin feeding, you won't be disappointed.
  • Rob S.
    Rob SilvaFebruary 19, 2014
    Had a great time
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LJanuary 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss The Scoop on Poop - both fascinating and entertaining - for parents and kids alike
  • MikeFinSF
    MikeFinSFDecember 29, 2013
    Lemurs are awesome!
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MarlowDecember 28, 2013
    The Little Puffer opens at 11am. Get there at 10:50 to be on the first train.
  • Thomas V.
    Thomas VincentNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The new playground is spectacular!
  • Stacey Q.
    Stacey QuinonesNovember 1, 2013
    Lots of free parking on Sloat blvd.
  • Doris W.
    Doris WSeptember 15, 2013
    Great place for families!
  • Arun D.
    Arun DSeptember 15, 2013
    Must see the lions when they are fed in the afternoon at 3pm. They are very animated during their lunch.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BuwemboSeptember 11, 2013
    Today is free residents day! Free admission for all SF residents
  • Kristy T.
    Kristy TrinhAugust 24, 2013
    Come for the dippin dots!
  • Benjamin L.
    Benjamin LevyAugust 17, 2013
    Feeling like resting now.. A bit like this meerkat ;)
  • John R.
    John RichardsAugust 9, 2013
    For SF residence, free on first Wednesday of month!
  • Rcdc O.
    Rcdc OnlyJuly 29, 2013
    If you are local buy a membership. You will get your money worth.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BeggsJuly 22, 2013
    Even if you aren't a child, the children's zoo is so worth a visit. Play with goats! Feed alpacas! Watch the ducks fight!
  • San Francisco Zoo
    San Francisco ZooJuly 10, 2013
    Join us July 13 and 14 for our annual Teddy Bear Festival: Live music, crafts, book readings, photo ops and a $2 discount for kids who bring a teddy bear.
  • ChezBlackstar
    ChezBlackstarJuly 9, 2013
    SF Zoo was fun! Try to be there early and get those free parking spaces! Try the train too! Map out your trip around the zoo so you'll see all the animals and attractions!
  • Lance T.
    Lance ThornswoodJuly 8, 2013
    Love a lemur! They're so much fun to watch.
  • Lance T.
    Lance ThornswoodJuly 7, 2013
    The lemurs are so much fun to watch!
  • Shubpreet M.
    Shubpreet MangatJuly 7, 2013
    Kids are free with a AAA card!
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ChanJune 29, 2013
    Check out the nocturnal Aye Aye exhibit in a darkened room! Limited to 15 at a time in a darkened room.
  • Tsering
    TseringMay 30, 2013
    The little puffer, as the name suggests, is for kids. save your $4 unless you area a toy train aficionado
  • Marie B.
    Marie BakerMay 11, 2013
    Oakland Zoo has nothing on the SF Zoo. Come here for a great experience!
  • Donna W.
    Donna WestMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If belong to a network zoo you get a discount on your entry fee.
  • Anastasia C.
    Anastasia ConradApril 15, 2013
    Get a membership it will save you a lot of money and time!!
  • Alejandra M.
    Alejandra MApril 13, 2013
    The shack by the rare breed sheep is the perfect place to nurse or change your baby. It blocks the wind, is private, and is much warmer inside.
  • Simon F.
    Simon Favreau-LessardApril 13, 2013
    There's a tiger cub (born Feb 2013). Come see it before it's all grown up! #sftigercub
  • Ivan Y.
    Ivan YangApril 10, 2013
    no more elephants here :(
  • Peter O.
    Peter OrioApril 6, 2013
    Very nice layout with very different animals on display in a wild setting.
  • Brad F.
    Brad FordMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One serious ape
  • Alaa M.
    Alaa MalekMarch 16, 2013
    Very nice zoo, but most of animal were not there today!!
  • Peggy C.
    Peggy CMarch 11, 2013
    So many families with babies enjoying a beautiful day at the zoo!
  • Manuela C.
    Manuela ChinchillaMarch 9, 2013
    I was extremely disappointed! Barely any animals n w/dead plants. Too expensive 4 what it is. Do your kids a favor n save some extra bucks 2 take them 2 a real experience at the San Diego zoo.
  • Iben R.
    Iben RodriguezMarch 3, 2013
    It's chilly and foggy here. Bring warm clothes.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BoydMarch 3, 2013
    I wish I could spend every day at the zoo! So much fun!
  • Loretta
    LorettaMarch 2, 2013
    It was ok. Decent number of exhibits. Snow leopard was very active. Hugu hippo was cool San Diego was better but still fun for kids and families
  • Linda R.
    Linda RoqueFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The new "dinosaur exhibit" was not what we expected it to be. It was just a maze with posters of Dino facts. Nothing my almost 3yr old was interested in since he can't read.
  • Denis D.
    Denis DovgalFebruary 17, 2013
    Longest line ever seen. Probably you need come here early morning to avoid that line
  • Teddy B.
    Teddy BolorFebruary 15, 2013
    Good trip and restaurant is too delicious
  • Shulamite S.
    Shulamite ShenJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bear feeding @ 11:30 am was cool. They throw live fish and fruit right by the viewing window so you get a front row seat.
  • Chiraag P.
    Chiraag PatelJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place to visit. Make sure to catch the grizzly bear feeding at 1130am
  • Plinio F.
    Plinio FeitosaDecember 23, 2012
    I really enjoy it! The Christmas lights and shows are amazing!!
  • Christian E.
    Christian EspinosaDecember 7, 2012
    I love zebras you should too
  • Laksh
    LakshSeptember 17, 2012
    Grab a beer and check out the animals. The lion house is a real treat.
  • Christiaan V.
    Christiaan VandenHeuvelSeptember 1, 2012
    Don't miss the nocturnal lemur exhibit/tour!
  • Tillamook C.
    Tillamook CheeseAugust 25, 2012
    8/25 1st 100 people wearing orange get in Free! Free Tillamook Cheese samples near the lions!
  • George G.
    George GaylAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the zoo's 1st nightlife event on 8/17/12: SILENT DISCO feat. Space Cowboys & Hard French DJs. www.bit.ly/silentzoo - discount code: "monkey" for $10 off! Powered by Silent Storm
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanAugust 1, 2012
    Lion feeding!
  • Elizabeth D.
    Use AAA discount! Free child ticket with adult admission
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FishJune 14, 2012
    The bears are probably the highlight of the zoo.
  • Gaeton M.
    Gaeton McvaneJune 3, 2012
    The hippo is super photogenic
  • Valarie A.
    Valarie ArismendezJune 2, 2012
    They offer valet parking:) $20
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 30, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick - Best Recovery of Stolen Goods: Banana-Sam. When something precious of yours is stolen, you can bet you’ll never see it again in this town... Read more
  • Nettie T.
    Nettie T-MoMay 9, 2012
    Love the SF Zoo, althou more money then Oakland its worth it. You even get a better rate if you live is SF which i think is great. So many great things to see.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HomFebruary 13, 2012
    This is where the primates find their followers in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
  • Jeany
    JeanyJanuary 21, 2012
    The Flamingos Smell like detergent.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie McNellisDecember 26, 2011
    The Zoo is nonprofit and does a lot of important conservation work. A good place with dedicated people.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MonroyAugust 14
    Es el peor zoológico que he visitado, no puede terminar el recorrido, no lo recomiendo en lo absoluto 👎🏼
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    colazionearomaJuly 4, 2015
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  • Dimitry H.
    Dimitry HennartJanuary 23, 2013
    Dommage pour les horaires, le zoo est tellement magnifique à visiter
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