San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo spans over 100 acres of land. The zoo features more than 600 animals. These include the Waxy Monkey Frogs; Poison Dart Frogs; African Black Ducks; Barn Owls; Leaf Insects; Velvet Ants; Bob Cats; Koalas; American Alligators; and Yellow Spotted Amazon River Turtles.

The adventure doesn’t have to end there. Take the kids for a ride on the Little Puffer Miniature Steam Train or Dentzel Carousel. If you’d like to purchase souvenirs for your family and friends, you can stop by the gift shop. Choose from a large selection of toys, apparel, and animal-related gifts.


San Francisco Zoo Coupons

If you’re on a tight budget, you can use a San Francisco Zoo coupon to save you a few dollars on your admission. Residents of San Francisco and military personnel can take advantage of the zoo’s free days on the first Wednesday of each month. You must present valid photo I.D. along with a utility bill with to establish your San Francisco residency.

San Francisco School Groups: If the chaperone to child ratio is 1:5 both children and chaperones will be admitted free. However, if the ratio is higher than 1:5, chaperones will have to pay $12. To be eligible for group rates, there must be 15 or more people in the group. Rates are applicable to children up through grade 12.

Membership: With the purchase of an annual membership, you’ll be granted free admission to the zoo. This offer applies to San Francisco Zoological Society Members.


Hotels Near San Francisco Zoo:

There are many hotels near San Francisco Zoo for less than $100 per night. Such hotels include Alpine Inn & Suites, Mission Inn, Hotel Tropica, Casa Loma Hotel, and El Camino Inn. For special rates you contact the hotel directly to find out about its latest deals.

If you’d like a more up close and personal experience, you can opt for an overnight stay at the zoo. There are group and family overnights. The group overnight program is based on a first come first serve basis. The family overnight program occurs at specific times of the year. To participate in this program children must be at least 6 years old.

Zoo Hours

San Francisco Zoo Hours:

The San Francisco Zoo opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Zoo Info

San Francisco Zoo Prices:

Non-resident Prices

  • Adults (15-64): $15
  • Seniors (65+): $12
  • Kids (4-14): $9
  • Kids (0-3): Free

Resident Prices

  • Adults (15-64): $12
  • Seniors (65+): $7.50
  • Kids (4-14): $5.50
  • Kids (0-3): Free

Parking: On weekdays parking costs $8, while on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays parking costs $10.


Phone number: 415-753-7080


When coming from the East Bay, travel on the Bay Bridge heading to San Francisco. Once you cross the Bay Bridge, travel on 101 South. Keep on 101 South until you arrive at 280 interchange. Travel on 280 South and exit at Westlake District. Turn right onto John Daly Boulevard until you arrive at Skyline Boulevard. Make a right onto Skyline Boulevard. Keep in the right lane and turn right upon arriving at the zoo’s entrance.

If you’re travelling from the North Bay, drive on Golden Gate Bridge. Once you pass the toll plaza, move into the right lane so you can exit at 19th Avenue Golden Gate Park. Travel along Fulton Avenue heading in the direction of the ocean and make a left onto Great Highway. Drive south on the Great Highway and make a left onto Sloat Boulevard. Keep in the right lane and turn right upon arriving at the zoo’s entrance.

If you’re travelling from the South Bay, drive on 280 North and exit at Westlake District. Travel north on Junipero Serra Boulevard until you arrive at John Daly Boulevard. Make a left onto John Daly Boulevard and drive until you arrive at Skyline Boulevard. Make a right onto Skyline Boulevard. When you arrive at Skyline/Great Highway Junction, make a left onto the Great Highway. Keep in the right lane and turn right upon arriving at the zoo’s entrance.


San Francisco Zoo Jobs:

Have you always had your eyes set on working in a zoo environment? There’s an array of San Francisco Zoo jobs and internships available in education, operations, horticulture, animal management, fundraising, guest services, administration, and maintenance. As an employee of the zoo, you’ll be entitled to vacation and sick leave, competitive wages, a retirement program, and healthcare benefits. To find out about the latest job openings visit the Jobs/Volunteer Opportunities section of the website.

Once you have completed your zoo adventure, you can go on a guided city walking tour, or visit the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Although swimming and wading is prohibited at the beaches, you can still enjoy the view at Baker Beach, Chine Beach, and Ocean Beach.