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San Antonio Zoo

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Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3903 N. Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone Number:
+1 210-734-7184
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

With more than 8,500 animals on 56 acres, there's plenty of fun for the...

With more than 8,500 animals on 56 acres, there's plenty of fun for the whole family. The San Antonio Zoo was first established with a donation from George W. Brackenridg in the 1800s. Two of the first cageless exhibits in the U.S. opened here in 1929 and the bird collection is one of the world's largest.

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Family Fun Day

We went on Saturday, arriving around 10:30. The primary zoo parking lot was full and the line for tickets was long, but once we got inside the zoo it was fine - not over crowded... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

My second time to this zoo while traveling- great size, not too big not too small. Safe feel for little once having to keep a close eye on. (toddler stage) very clean, had a blast at this Zoo!

Thank Allie A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There was a lot of construction and was pricing was confusing. Local tourist publications have the admission price incorrect. However, the zoo was nice but wouldn't say it was the biggest zoo, as they advertise. A lot of duplicate animals in various sections. But overall had a great time and staff was very friendly.

Thank Jamie C
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting our daughter in San Antonio she put the zoo on our must see list. It did not disappoint. The layout allowed for the crowds to disburse and gave everyone plenty of time to gaze at amazing animals. We also noted that the animals genuinely looked happy in their homes. Landscaping of the park added to a relax beautiful environment

Thank Carol D
Tallmadge, Ohio
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This review is exclusive to the Hippo Feedings. I went with my two friends and their baby. He was fussy for most of the time and our guide handled it with grace. Shane, our guide, was so patient, knowledgeable, welcoming, and helpful. What a neat experience for us all to be able to feed the hippos and see them so... More 

Thank Hanna C
Texarkana, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on Saturday, arriving around 10:30. The primary zoo parking lot was full and the line for tickets was long, but once we got inside the zoo it was fine - not over crowded. Old zoo, but they do a good job of maintaining the exhibits. It was a fun family day, well worth the price of admission

Thank Dennis10_51
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wide range of animals mostly in good enclosures but some could have been better but better than many zoos. Well presented for visitors with close views of animals. Plenty basic fast food outlets and a restaurant (not visited). Well stocked gift shop and some amusements. Entrance fee average. Worth a visit for a family.

Thank Stuart S
Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been to the zoo in a decade since our kids were small... and this was a perfect zoo to see! Lots of animals to see and lovely grounds and places to stop in the shade and rest. Loved all the monkeys! SO MANY! Great 1/2 day activity!

Thank Christy B
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

SA Zoo is very clean and lots to see and do, whether it's with kids or adults. The new carousel is beautiful and very affordable too. Feeding the birds, the fish or giraffes is quite entertaining for kids or adults.

Thank lcalhoun3
Wimberley, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to zoo's all over the country---and the world. This one was fine, but could be improved. As with so many zoo's there are exhibits without animals. This is always a disappointment especially when you have a guest that would love to see the animals. Plus, remember, you do Pay to go in. The butterfly exhibit was nice, though... More 

Thank TravelerAbroad2
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've always believed that the zoo is a great attraction for any person who is actually breathing. San Antonio Zoo proves that to be so very true. Worth the time if you have it, be careful of inclines and hills and paths that are difficult for wheelchairs. And even though it is peak time - stay away during those blazing... More 

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