San Francisco Zoo was kind enough to give me free tickets for myself and my husband (and our 4 month old son) in exchange for my honest review, and we had a great time!
I want to go ahead and mention that we got there at 10am, when the zoo opened, and it was also (apparently) field trip day because there were about 3 other LARGE groups of adults and children who were visiting the zoo as well. That being said, we were afraid that we would be standing in line for a good 30 minutes or so before getting in, but we were only in line for about 10 minutes. The staff at the ticket counters work very quickly and they know exactly what they are doing to keep the lines steadily moving!
The zoo itself is an average size; It only took us about 2 hours to get through the whole thing. We expected it to be bigger since it is in San Francisco, but we were pleasantly surprised by how quickly we were able to get in and out. Normally we would want to go somewhere that would take all day to experience, but with a 4 month old that’s not something we look forward to these days!
As we were making our way through and looking at the animals, we came across some very pretty (but empty) fenced-off areas as seen in the picture collage above. The lush green plants and beautiful flowers were absolutely breathtaking. We actually stood there for about 10 minutes and just admired the beauty of it all.
The San Francisco Zoo also has a conservation center where you can learn about conserving energy, food, shelter and water! They also had a little herb garden that was really nice to walk through and look at. I also liked how they had a “recycling center” trash bin setup all throughout the park. That tells me that the San Francisco Zoo really cares about our environment and the Earth we live on! Speaking of that, they also have boxed water! Weird, right? But also very neat. It was my first time seeing boxed water. 76% of the box that holds the water is composed of a renewable resource! Can you guess what that is? (The answer is: trees.)
Once we got hungry, we decided to check out one of the many food courts in the zoo. We hit up the one with burgers and chicken tenders. My husband got a burger and I got the chicken tenders and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. They were decently priced and since we brought our own drinks in, we didn’t have to pay for any of those. My chicken tenders were literally tender and some of the best chicken tenders I have ever had! I do wish there was more seating in the food court, though. We ended up snagging a table (luckily) but saw another couple with a young baby struggling to find a place to eat so we offered to share the other half of our table. I guess a perk of limited seating is making new friends!
Overall, I would definitely recommend visiting the San Francisco Zoo if you are looking to spend some quality time with your family, see a ton of cool animals and eat some good food all at the same time. It was our first time visiting the San Francisco area, and the zoo was a warm welcome to us (we are from Tennessee). If you are interested in checking out ticket information, click here.
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