Zoos and Wildlife Centers

Celebrate the Year of the Snake at the SF Zoo!

February 16, 2013

San Francisco ZooVisit the San Francisco Zoo this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Marvel at Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks and much more. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Everyone who completes the Zodiac Scavenger Hunt will receive a lucky red envelope with a special surprise inside.

Were you born in the Year of the Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013)? Lucky you—you'll receive free Zoo admission on Sunday!
The Zoo's Chinese New Year festivities will be held at the Event Tent near the entrance to the Children's Zoo. Entertainment and activities are free with zoo admission.

Holiday Fun at the San Francisco Zoo

November 28, 2012

San Francisco Zoo Reindeer Romp and Wild LightsThis holiday season, get up-close-and-personal with Santa's favorite reindeer friends Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet! These four reindeer will be on exhibit at the zoo through New Year's Day. Swing by the reindeer area near the Lion Fountain to visit and learn more about this unique animals. Reindeer Romp is free with Zoo admission.

Later on in December, the Zoo comes to life at night with Wild Lights. Take a nighttime stroll through the Zoo as it sparkles under magical holiday lights. Visit with the reindeer, get some hot apple cider or cocoa at the Zoo's Leaping Lemur Cafe, take your family's picture with the beautiful Princess Zoo-roar-a, and enjoy special holiday entertainment every evening at on the Main Stage at 6 pm. Wild Lights takes places December 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 3 years of age; free for Zoo members.

The San Francisco Zoo is located at Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway in San Francisco. Regular hours are 10 am to 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm). Regular admission prices are $15 adults, $12 seniors 65+, and $9 children 4–14; children 3 and under are free.

Kids Rule the San Francisco Zoo with Free Admission in August

August 1, 2010

Giraffe at the SF ZooLooking for something fun to do during these last few weeks of summer vacation? Why not visit the San Francisco Zoo, especially since all children ages4–14 are admitted free during the month of August?

This offer is good from August 1–31, 2010, all children must be accompanied by a paying adult, and each paying adult can bring up to four children into the zoo for free (so you can take a whole carload of kids if you want).

Meet the Zoo Keepers at the San Francisco Zoo

July 19, 2010

The San Francisco Zoo is honoring and celebrating its zookeepers during the National Zookeeper Week from July 19-25. During this week, visitors will have the chance to meet the zookeepers in person, during special meet-and-greets at various exhibit locations throughout the zoo. Keepers will be on hand to answer questions and tell their favorite stories about the animals they care for each and every day.

The zoo is encouraging visitors to show their appreciation by bringing in a hand-made or purchased thank you card that will be placed on a giant display board at the zoo’s front entrance. A discount will be given to individuals who present a card (one per person) – $2 off adult admission and $1 off child admission. The zoo hours are 10 am–5 pm.The San Francisco Zoo is located at 1 Zoo Road in San Francisco. For more info, go to www.sfzoo.org.

Marin Residents: Explore the Aquarium of the Bay for Free This Week

January 25, 2010

Bat ray at the Aquarium of the BaySan Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay offers free admission this week for Marin County residents, from Monday, January 25 through Thursday, January 28, 2010. Aquarium of the Bay is providing free admission in celebration of its recent transition into a nonprofit nature center. As the only aquarium dedicated to showcasing the diverse aquatic life of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed, Marin County residents are encouraged to come out and meet their underwater neighbors.

To get free admission to the Aquarium of the Bay, Marin County residents must present one proof of residency: a valid driver's license or ID card with Marin County address, utility bill, or a bank statement that includes your Marin County home address, along with photo ID.

Kids Enjoy the San Francisco Zoo for Free in January!

January 15, 2010

Giraffe at the SF ZooHappy Zoo Year! January is a great month to visit the San Francisco Zoo, especially since you can take advantage of free admission for kids for the entire month! As part of its New Year's celebration, the zoo offers one free admission with one paid adult's admission for children ages 4–14 who color and bring in a penguin coloring sheet (downloadable from the zoo's website), or a hand-colored image of their favorite zoo animal.

All children must be accompanied by a paying adult, one coloring sheet must be presented per child, and this deal cannot be combined with any other offer.

The San Francisco Zoo is located at Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway in San Francisco. Winter hours are 10 am to 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm). Regular admission prices are $15 adults, $12 seniors 65+, and $9 children 4–14; children 3 and under are free. For more information, visit www.sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7080.

On Safari at the Oakland Zoo

July 27, 2009

Like many long-time Bay Area residents, I've always considered the San Francisco Zoo to be "The Zoo". For some reason, going to the Oakland Zoo in the East Bay city's Knowland Park never really crossed my mind. Recently, we'd heard some great things about the Oakland Zoo, so we decided to make the trip across the Richmond Bridge and check it out.

Located off Interstate 580 in the southeast part of Oakland, the Oakland Zoo is fairly small and compact, and easy for a family with small children to take in. It's pleasantly designed, too with an overall African theme to it. Many of the buildings have an African style to them and bear Swahili names. There's even an African village area with a replica of a tribal women's house.

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