Connect with wildlife and get inspired by nature at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens - topping the list of best things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Visit San Francisco Zoo & Gardens with your Go San Francisco pass

  • Pay nothing at the gate - simply scan your digital pass
  • General admission to the zoo and gardens
  • Over 2,000 exotic creatures from around the world
  • Your pass gives you access to many more attractions in San Francisco, so don't forget to check them out

Home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals from all over the world, you’ll see amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, and more. In addition to its animal inhabitants, the zoo features 100 acres of tranquil gardens, with a variety of plants that are native to California and beyond.

Be sure to check the zoo’s daily calendar as there’s always something going on to enhance your visit. Don’t miss out on their special presentations, animal talks, and live demonstrations throughout the day.

Hours of Operation

10AM - 5PM
Last entry an hour before closing time

Know before you go

Express Entry! Bypass the ticket booths and proceed directly to the gatehouse to scan your pass and gain admission.

Tips for San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

  • Children aged 14-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult while on Zoo grounds
  • We advise visiting early in the day to avoid massive crowds
  • Carousel and train rides are excluded from admission
  • There is NO SMOKING anywhere on zoo grounds including e-cigarettes
  • San Francisco is known for the fog and cold. WE suggest that you bring jackets and comfortable shoes for walking in the park
  • There is a parking lot on-site, or there is free parking on the street
  • There are electric car charging points available
  • Looking for restaurants and cafes nearby San Francisco Zoo? There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat in the grounds. These include The Leaping Lemur Café, The Station Pizza Parlor, Café Playfield and many more


San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Getting there

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

US, CA, San Francisco , 94132, 1 Zoo Street


1 Zoo Street
San Francisco , CA 94132
United States