San Antonio Zoo
San Antonio Zoo
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • hotweatherfan1
    Indianapolis, Indiana494 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwhelmed
    We were so excited to finally make it to San Antonio and visit their zoo. Unfortunately, we were underwhelmed, especially for the for the cost of admission. The one thing we really wanted to see were the hippos. We did see them, but the water was so cloudy that we were barely able to see them. If you like birds, they have a lot of them. (they are pretty, but....) The zoo had a lot fewer animals than we expected. The signage is bad/confusing. We tried to download the map of the zoo but it was very difficult to read as it was blurry. Every other zoo we have been to always has staff around some of the exhibits to answer questions and just keep an eye on things. At several animal habitats, kids and adults were taunting the animals. The zoo does offer free parking, which is nice.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about your recent visit to San Antonio Zoo. It seems that we did not meet or exceed your expectations when it comes to your experience. We would sincerely like to apologize. We highly appreciate your feedback. It will assist us in becoming better at what we do. It is our goal to retain you as a satisfied guest and we hope you will give us the opportunity to do so. Please share your experience with us by emailing information@sazoo.org.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Ankur S
    Austin, Texas18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Thanksgiving trip with kids
    Visited on a weekday, crowd was on the lower side. Parking was comfortable and available though ticket prices are on the higher side as they cater only to your admission. There are other activities inside for which you have to pay extra, photos with Santa and animals are charged in excess of $40, which is definitely way too high. The animals are fun and they have every animal which was claimed on their website so you will not feel disappointed. My 10 yr old son and teen daughter had a blast, esp. the kangaroo interaction was fun. Go out and enjoy for approx 3 hrs but be ready to pay extra!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • marie b
    Winnipeg, Canada334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing zoo
    We went on a rainy December day, had the place to ourselves. No one was there. They had lots of up charges, but I’m ok with that, it goes towards the animals. Paid to feed the giraffes, see butterflies, petting zoo, ride a carousel. Lots of animals, was impressed. Right up there in top 5 zoos I have visited, and we pretty much go to every zoo when on vacation. Helpful staff. Free parking, which is a plus.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Deb D
    Columbia, Missouri45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had good luck with animals moving about and not just laying in the shade.
    We had an amazing visit to this zoo and greatly enjoyed the animals. We had good luck seeing animals moving about; the lion walked out of his indoor space just as we were about to give up on seeing him, and walked all across his outdoor enclosure. The extremely large snakes, I think pythons, have a large pool in their enclosure and one moved all about and into the water, across the pool and back out the other side. It was a great day to enjoy learning about and viewing animals.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 April 2024
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Leslie C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
a lot of walking but so many cool animals, but a lot of the animals were hidden and or sleeping so we really couldn’t see them. we went inside the butterfly area and was so amazing to see so many butterflies flying around . definitely would go back
Written 5 May 2024
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX15,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed our trip to the San Antonio Zoo; the zoo is nicely laid out and is built in an old rock quarry, so it has an interesting design with lots of ups and downs. The entrance to the zoo is beautiful and very welcoming. They had several animals on display that we had never seen before like hyenas, African wild dogs, and a Komodo dragon, as well as the standard lions, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, and bears. They had several add-on experiences you could do for an extra fee like feeding the giraffes or the birds; there's also a train that you can ride around the park. Lots of tropical birds on display like flamingos, roseate spoonbills, and toucans, and they have a small aquarium with colorful tropical fish. This is an older zoo that's rapidly improving. One thing we loved was the new Pantera Walk that allows the jaguars to stroll from one area to another using an elevated overhead walkway. They're also constructing a new larger area for their elephants and building a huge enclosure called Congo Falls for the gorillas. I like that they're giving the animals more room to roam and putting them in more natural settings. We came early in the morning and found it easy to park in their free parking lot, but I can see that it could get crowded later in the day. Ticket prices vary by day, but run high. We had a coupon for $10 off per person and still paid $50 for the two of us. That can get pretty expensive for families with a lot of children. We purchased our tickets online. I'd recommend signing up for their email list to gain access to discounts and buy one get one free days. All in all it took about two hours to see everything from start to finish, and we enjoyed our visit.
Written 4 May 2024
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Tina G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I was very excited taking our youngest grandkids as were they.. we have been several times thru the years. It has been probably 13 years since last visit.
I was very disappointed in the whole experience. It felt very run down. From the animal’s habitats to the landscape. My granddaughter was excited to see the hippos…. Unable to see them due to water and glass very dirty. I think for the amount of money we paid it would have been a lot cleaner.
Written 27 April 2024
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Deb D
Columbia, MO45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We had an amazing visit to this zoo and greatly enjoyed the animals. We had good luck seeing animals moving about; the lion walked out of his indoor space just as we were about to give up on seeing him, and walked all across his outdoor enclosure. The extremely large snakes, I think pythons, have a large pool in their enclosure and one moved all about and into the water, across the pool and back out the other side. It was a great day to enjoy learning about and viewing animals.
Written 23 April 2024
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Arielle
Mobile, AL117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had the CityPass and had 1 last attraction left to visit for my trip, so I decided the Zoo would be the best bang for my buck, considering tickets are $36 normally. I felt like the map was very helpful with getting around. Liked seeing the animals. Although, there were many empty enclosures and/or animals sleeping or laying around in an unseen area. That was a little bit of a downer. Other than that, there are LOTS of birds. I would’ve liked to have seen more marine animals (I know this isn’t an aquarium but those are my fav animals). The Savanna and the Congo are “coming soon” areas that I think will be super cool. I will have to visit again when those are built. I visited late in the afternoon (around 3:30PM, they close at 5). It seems almost all the food places were either already closed when I got there or closed by 4:30PM, I wasn’t bothered by it - since I wasn’t planning on eating - but just letting people know. Also, all of the “experiences” seemed to have been closed. Like feeding giraffes, kangaroo crossing, etc. not sure what time those end or if they had been closed the whole day.
Written 17 April 2024
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SteelCity13
Austin, TX887 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
They have done alot to make this place a better zoo. I went like 17 years ago and was not impressed and went back this weekend and was pleasantly surprised and they are still building more. Lots of animals, lots of indoor animal rooms, lots for the kids to explore and play on. Fun animal talks. Only thing I will complain about is the food. Is sub par, costs more then it should, and takes forever to get, even if you pre order
Written 15 April 2024
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Alex
World1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I think zoos can be ethical but I don't think this one meets that standard, even though I think they have the capability to be. They had cool animals but pretty sad to see the animals in their tiny boxes.

It's not like they don't have the space to properly house the animals. They really need to cut down the number of enclosures so that the ones they do have are humanely sized. There was even about 4 different flamingo exhibits and three of them were absolutely tiny, why do you need so many flamingoes when you dont have the space. I think at least 90% of the birds need to go. They have nowhere to fly. Unless they were absolutely tiny birds most the cages were only about 3-5 times the size of their wingspan. The bears were in a space no bigger than my apartment with pretty well no vegetation or enrichment. Just lying on rock only the only patch of shade in their exhibit. Same with a lot of the wild cats and fossa. Some of the exhibits could maybe pass as humane (like the giraffes and rhinos), but this zoo needs to seriously increase the size of their enclosures and add a lot more vegetation, natural ground (i.e. dirt not just concrete or rock), and enrichment, including more than just one animal in certain enclosures. Like, why was the warthog alone. Their pretty social animals. Overall just a lot of feeling bad for the animals living desolate, boring, lonely cramped lives, their entire lives. It was a bit of a bummer.
Written 11 April 2024
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Kimberley C
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The price to get into this zoo is ridiculous. What about all the kids in the area who want to experience the attractions but can't afford the price of a small car payment for their family of four to go?? Other cities have their zoo for free admission. Our zoo is OUTRAGEOUS! Plus I'd rather have less admission fee than tall statues of animals that I am sure cost a fortune to "decorate" the zoo when people are there to see REAL animals.
Written 5 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about your recent visit to San Antonio Zoo. It seems that we did not meet or exceed your expectations when it comes to your experience. We would sincerely like to apologize. We highly appreciate your feedback. It will assist us in becoming better at what we do. It is our goal to retain you as a satisfied guest and we hope you will give us the opportunity to do so. Please share your experience with us by emailing information@sazoo.org.
Written 9 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Willie F
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Those poor animals, all look so sad and depressed, every time we go there, they are just lying around in the shade as if they have nothing to look forward to in their lives
Written 29 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about your recent visit to San Antonio Zoo. It seems that we did not meet or exceed your expectations when it comes to your experience. We would sincerely like to apologize. We highly appreciate your feedback. It will assist us in becoming better at what we do. It is our goal to retain you as a satisfied guest and we hope you will give us the opportunity to do so. Please share your experience with us by emailing information@sazoo.org.
Written 9 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mary J
Vandalia, OH3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very old, cramped and rundown zoo. This is the kind of zoo that gives zoos a bad reputation. Left feeling sad for the animals. Small pens and habitat areas. Not really many animals. Skip this one.
Written 26 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about your recent visit to San Antonio Zoo. It seems that we did not meet or exceed your expectations when it comes to your experience. We would sincerely like to apologize. We highly appreciate your feedback. It will assist us in becoming better at what we do. It is our goal to retain you as a satisfied guest and we hope you will give us the opportunity to do so. Please share your experience with us by emailing information@sazoo.org.
Written 9 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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