San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo Deal

The San Francisco Zoo sometimes offer ways to save, including a coupon for a free child ticket with one paid adult. And they also have a few free days for San Francisco locals coming up. Children under 3 years old always get in free. The Zoo also provides discounts for active military and the disabled.  You’ll always find something new going on at the SF Zoo.

SF Zoo BearsA favorite time to take kids is in the morning or late afternoon to watch the animal feedings. As Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, the six-acre San Francisco Zoo features 245 different animal species in naturalistic settings.

Recent additions include a three-acre African Savanna (giraffe, zebra, ostrich), Koala Crossing, Gorilla Preserve, Lemur Forest, Penguin Island and the Australian WalkAbout. You can ride on the historic Little Puffer steam train and the beautifully restored Dentzel Carousel.

SF ZooSF ZOO FREE DAYS: The San Francisco Zoo offers free admission to San Francisco residents on certain days of the yearProof of San Francisco residency is required (show a valid driver’s license, a valid identification card or a utility bill with your name and address, along with a valid photo ID). For a schedule of upcoming free days, visit the official San Francisco Zoo website at

SAVVY TIP: On Mother’s Day, SF Zoo often gives mom’s free admission when she brings a child. Check with the San Francisco Zoo on this one before you head out.

SF ZOO COUPON: The San Francisco Zoo coupon is valid for One FREE Child Admission with One Paid Adult Admission, available from the California Travel and Tourism Commission. EXPIRED for now. I’ll post the next SF Zoo coupon here when they make it available.


  • MUNI: Take the MUNI bus line and you can get a $1 discount at the gate. Show your Muni receipt.
  • AAA: If you’re a AAA member, you may be able to get a deal. Check with your AAA office first before you head out.
  • MILITARY: Active military and the disabled can receive a small discount at the gate, usually it’s the same as the SF locals rate.

WHEN: SF Zoo is open from 11am to 4pm daily. Extended weekend and special summer hours are 10:30am to 4:30pm. (But check with the Zoo before you go.)

WHERE: San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 94132.

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  1. Mimi says

    I am planning to take a group of parents and kids to SF Zoo this weekend Oct 27, 2012. Is there any group discount that the zoo offeres? for that matter any kind of discount.

    • says

      The San Francisco Zoo does offer a group discount for schools. I don’t know if your group will qualify, so you’ll need to ask them. To qualify for a group rate you must have 15 people or more and a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children/students (through 12th grade). You can submit a school/group reservation request online at the bottom of the Zoo’s “Plan Your Visit” page:

  2. Lisa says

    Is it just at the gate the AAA discount is given? I don’t see it on AAA’s discount list (on website) or a place to input AAA info on the the SF Zoo’s website.

  3. Christina X says

    IT just sucks that I’m a student and paying to live on campus in the city of San Francisco and that doesnt count as any type of residency.

    • says

      Christina I hear you. There’s no student discount either (although seniors and kids 14 and under get a break). We’d love to arrange a coupon or special offer for all Savvy Cities readers, but so far no response. We’ll keep trying though.

  4. Charlene Crigger says

    It’s too bad that you only give discounts to SF residents!
    Our family has been zoo members and visitors
    Over many years! Now I’m a senior and it’s
    discouraging to see only SF residents get special
    Treatment ! You would think you would be be more
    Open to those of us who still love the Zoo but do not live in the City.
    Shame on you!! I’m a senior with grandchildren
    Who lives in SSF NOT SF. Maybe I’ll just go to
    Oakland zoo instead!! Again shame on your administrators
    For not recognizing us on the outskirts of City!!

    • says

      Charlene, I certainly understand your frustration. I live just outside the city myself so I can’t use the San Francisco Zoo locals discount. And although I feel like I’m living in a zoo sometimes, I’m not the SF Zoo. So your message may be a little misplaced here. Savvy Cities is not associated with the SF Zoo, and, in fact, has not been paid a single penny by the SF Zoo for any mention on this website. The Zoo also has no input on this listing here about them. As the publisher of Savvy Cities, I write every word you see here, all about how to enjoy going out in the Bay area for less than full price. I’m sorry none of these worked for you. But I feel no shame in sharing what the Zoo does offer, including a coupon, AAA discount, Military and disabled persons discount, and yes, the SF locals discount. The Oakland Zoo? Sure. We list their offers here, too, when we can find them.

  5. Julie Zimmerman says

    Thank you for you wonderful attractions and easy listings on the website. I plan on visiting the zoo sometime this month with my three small children who have not been to the zoo so I am planning on spending some great quality time with the whole family.

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