- PLAN YOUR VISIT
Tickets and Info
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We have animals, lots of them, but we also have other entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Read about some of our most popular attractions, both old and new, and make your plans today.
Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of behind-the-scenes animal habitats. The tour will be conducted by one of the Zoo's Interpretive Ambassadors and will include up to six different animal species, some of which may not have been previously viewable here at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.
Secret Safari tours are conducted Saturday and Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Group size Eight maximum
Age Limit Must be 8 years of age and older
Note: This is a behind scenes area, groups must stay together and children must be supervised at all times.
Add a ride on the historic Little Puffer miniature steam train to your visit to the San Francisco Zoo. Like generations before you, you'll make wonderful childhood memories for your kids. Little Puffer does not run in wet weather due to slippery tracks, and is periodically closed for maintenance. Call the Zoo before your visit. Click here for more Information on the Little Puffer.
Tickets are $6 per person
Children under 3 may ride free (ticket required) when accompanied by a paid adult.
(A special passenger car on the Little Puffer miniature steam train is designed to hold a wheelchair)
Our historic, restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel is located near the Fisher Family Children's Zoo. This unique merry-go-round delights kids of all ages as they choose to ride a horse, a cat, a rabbit, or even a giraffe. Click here for more Information on our historic carousel.
Tickets are $4 per person
Adults may ride free when standing by a paid child.
Enjoy an entire day of unlimited access to our historical Little Puffer miniature steam train and 1921 Dentzel menagerie-style Carousel. These unique rides delight children and adults alike, and will enhance both your zoo experience and the memories you take home with you. Click here for more information on our Little Puffer or our Dentzel Carousel. Tickets are only valid for the day purchased.
Tickets are $19 per person.
Free with Zoo admission
The newly renovated Elinor Friend Playground ignites the imagination of children of all ages. This unique space is modeled after three distinct bio-regions, which take their themes from specific ecosystems and appeal to distinct age groups: a River Play Area for toddlers (6 months – 2 years), a Polar Zone exploration space for pre-schoolers (2-5 years), and a Banyan Tree climbing structure for pre-teens (5-12 years). Along with striking natural forms, the architecture integrates a wide range of materials and textures in glorious detail that mimic those found in nature and encourage curiosity among young explorers.
The ever-popular, interactive Storybooks have returned to the Zoo, activated by the beloved, plastic animal keys that have become nostalgic icons to visitors from years past. At Storybook sites around the Zoo, visitors can listen to multilingual recordings of stories and fun facts about the animals. You can purchase your Zoo Key onsite at the Admissions Gate or in the Membership Office or online. If you have an original key, you can continue to treasure it as a collector's item as it won't work with the new boxes.
Zoo Keys are $5 each