The San Antonio Zoo is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo in Midtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. It is located in the city's Brackenridge Park. San Antonio Zoo is a 50+ acre zoo home to over 750 species, some of which are endangered or extinct in the wild, and an annual attendance of more than 1 million. It also runs non-animal attractions, such as the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge San Antonio Zoo Eagle train ride, which first opened in 1956 and utilizes three Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotives.
The Richard Friedrich Aquarium was opened in 1948. It was the only aquarium in the city until SeaWorld San Antonio was opened in 1988.
Eleanor Ryder | Feb 25, 2018
We love the zoo; there is always more to see and do than we can manage in one visit, so each visit is a little different. The kids play area and tot spot are great for our youngest (2) while still having enough to keep our oldest entertained (6). They love seeing the animals, especially the Okapi, while still being interesting for adults, too. Parent bonus: all the walking tires them out so they get decent naps, too! I definitely recommend bringing a wagon or stroller if you have young kids. Rentals are also available.
Krista Simmons | Feb 21, 2018
The zoo was great. We went during the week and some of the attractions were closed but still more than enough to fill a day! We were visiting from out of states and rode bikes (bike sharing) there from the riverwalk area. Great, fun ride. There is a place to dock the bikes right off the zoo grounds.
Trese Foster | Dec 13, 2017
All in all a good day to go in Dec. not crowded until the zoo lights came on for the holiday in the park. Good display of festive lights. I think light show would have been more enjoyable to Christmas music. Exhibits seemed to be under some construction a bit more than expected. Lots of bird exhibits. Pricey to eat or drink inside. Entry was about what I would expect for a zoo. Enjoyable visit. Friendly enough and helpful staff.
Brent Kiley | Feb 13, 2018
Love going to the zoo. The pass for a family is pretty affordable and then it makes it convenient to go for a short trip on weekends and not think you didn't stay long enough. Lots of changes and updates and our kids love it.
Jonathan Jacobs | Dec 30, 2017
This zoo isn't huge but the layout is well done and the exhibits/enclosures are nice. I was impressed with just how active the animals were. The Beastro Restaurant had a nice selection of food and drinks. (To include a decent selection of beers as well.). Overall, my wife, daughter, and I had a really enjoyable time at the zoo!
J. Badger | Apr 2, 2018
Wasn't a bad experience whatsoever. Very old school vibe to it. Had some animals residing there I've never seen before so I did enjoy that aspect. With that being said I must admit I find this to be almost too old school of a vibe. Feel like the animals aren't flourishing as well as they could. The Houston zoo was like this at one point in time and I hadn't realized how far they've come until I stepped foot into this one. With that being said I would probably go again, but even if I lived there I'm not sure I'd become a member. Doesn't seem all that worth it from my first visit.
A Hernandez | Apr 4, 2018
This zoo is small enough to navigate without wearing out the kids but large enough that it's more than worth the visit. Admittedly, the process to enter the zoo could be streamlined a little better. If you enjoy your visit and see yourself coming back a few times a year you would definitely ask to apply your day pass fee towards a yearly membership it pays for itself in two visits.
Jeremy Valadez | Apr 2, 2018
I have not been to the San Antonio zoo since the 1990s! This place looks so much better! * * * Pro Tips * * * Purchase a season pass! There's plenty of opportunity to go and this supports the zoo. But...do not go during Spring Break unless have been to a crowded venue with kids amd are comfortable with that. Definitely wear some comfortable walking shoes. The parking over flow lots can be about a half of a mile away.
April Sus | Apr 5, 2018
Overall this is a nice zoo. I feel like it's kept clean and has many animals to enjoy. The only real negative comment I have to say is that they have a lot of birds and monkeys. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more diversity in regards to the different animals they have... that's not to say that they don't have a variety of animals but I have been to the Houston Zoo and I prefer the diversity that they offer.
Renee Williams | May 7, 2018
The kids always love going to the zoo, any zoo, but this zoo feels like it needs some TLC. We love the refillable plastic cups and there are many beautiful animals to see. I can only compare this zoo to the two others where we've been members, Atlanta and Cleveland. Atlanta has comparable acreage, but it feels like they do more with the space. The Atlanta zoo has a children's section with a spray park, play ground, rope course, rock-climbing wall, train, petting zoo, and carousel. There is just so much more to do than just see animals. We support animal conservation efforts and have purchased a membership in San Antonio, too, so of course we'll return, but I can't rave about it.
Meg Bee | May 7, 2018
Has gone down hill a lot in last few years. Last time at the zoo when we entered, at the second entrance point there were security guards and police and it just felt creepy like they were expecting something bad to happen. Before going into the zoo was easy. Now it feels like airport security and not relaxed. On another visit at Christmas lights, they were charging for everything which makes it a lot less fun if you don't want to spend a fortune at the zoo. We brought some of sons friends with us and weren't prepared to pay for so many extras. It's also no fun telling the children "no" so many times and disappointing them. They charged to try ice skating on a tiny, artificial rink, to ride a camel, to get your photo taken in a Coca cola Christmas Globe, etc... On another visit, one of the Carousel workers named Caitlin was super rude little Nazi to me and my family and just about ruined part of our visit. She has no understanding of children and should not be dealing with the public. We love the Carousel and when another worker there apologized for Caitlin and said she's rude to others too, that was appreciated. But if they know, why is she still there? We still enjoy the train and go on less busy days and the cool exhibits are a relief for little breaks from the heat. Giraffe exhibit workers very friendly and seem to love what they do. During Summer Zoo nights, don't sit under the vultures to eat... please add more variety to music nights, too much music in Spanish (though it's our culture son likes so many more kinds of music) Rats and vultures on exhibit but not official part of zoo.
Vivian Brister | May 6, 2018
I love the San Antonio Zoo and appreciate the improvements they are making. I'm tolerant of the construction. However, the prices keep going up. The membership costs are prohibitive for new parents - who are their primary customers. And the variety of animals are decreasing. I can see poison dart frogs almost anywhere, but what happened to the tomato frog and the other large species of toads? Didn't see any ostriches. Fewer species of birds.
harry f | May 7, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to San Antonio Zoo and would recommend that you plan your visit were you are there until closing on the weekend. All through your visit you will be surrounded by sounds of wild animals, but it as near closing when the lions are the most vocal. it is at that time you can almost imagine that you are in their natural habitat. In addition if you have a halfway decent camera or photography equipment you can get stunning photographs of the animals that appear as if you were on a grand safari.
Sidney Franklin | May 2, 2018
We love the SA zoo! We have a membership and go monthly. It's such a good deal and there's always so much to do and see. No two visits are alike. The tiny tot play spot is worth the price just by itself if you have a toddler. They'll be occupied for hours with all the activities there. The place is beautiful and lush. Definitely recommend.
Slade Isdale | Jun 4, 2018
There is always a Groupon for the zoo so don't forget to check that out! The zoo has some maintaining that they need to catch up on but as far as the exhibits, they are all very interesting and fun to look at! There is plenty to see and you can easily spend a half day here. The plus side is you can take your own food and water so you can save money there but they do have some available throughout the grounds. The line can get long on peak days but you still get it rather quickly. The light show during the holidays was really impressive so do not miss that opportunity!
Atlee Urquhart - CallMeAnthem | May 22, 2018
Growing up in a city like San Diego most cities zoos have to do a lot to impress me. Well, the San Antonio zoo did just that. On my first visit I was curious how the park would deliver that sense of being in your own cocoon or world being where it's located. But once you get through the entry gates you're immediately drawn into a world all it's own. The last time I was at the zoo it was a late night dinner with the animals type of event. It was fantastic! there were limited tickets sold so the zoo was not overcrowded. They had specialty menus at their concessions and there were fun arts and crafts events for adults and kids alike. All in all it was a great time that subverted all of my Southern California expectations.
Kanyiba PE | May 31, 2018
I visited during a very hot Memorial weekend 2018. The zoo has shades and a lot more to offer to persons of all ages. It's a walkable zoo with variety of species including an entire African section! Feeding giraffes was probably kids and most visitors' favorite! Snacks and drinks for purchase can also be found on most places. There are train rides, carousel rides, and awesome gift shops! The staff are helpful and friend. I strongly recommend a visit for zoo lovers.
Rah Mel | Jun 3, 2018
I’ve hardly Seen a single lion 🦁 here but at least I saw some giraffes 🦒 and a 🦓 zebra and saw some alligators The white Rhinos are “critically endangered” which means they are almost 💀 dead. Although I did see a few monkeys 🐵 swinging in the jungle gym thingy. The sights are nice 👍🏻 And it was hot there.🔥☀️ That was why they were mostly sleeping 💤 . It was a great safari. And good reptile 🦎 house.
M W | Jul 6, 2018
Very nice zoo. Exciting place to take the kids and adults alike. Plenty of animals to see and activities to do. Right now they have a dinosaur exhibit. The children have a wet area to play in, so bring the swim suit, towel and change of clothes. There is really no full order restaurants, just short order foods (burger's, etc.), water, Gatorade and soda. Get there early and take your time; do not rush. Depending on the time of the year it can be very warm, so drink plenty of water. There is plenty of shade on the paths. The park allows you to bring in water and basic foods if you want to. If you are visiting from out of town, check out the hotel advertisement stand for the 15%off coupon. They also have military discounts. For a small zoo they do a great job!
Skatto san | Jul 8, 2018
This place almost couldn't get any better! We took our children here and LOVED it. I could have gone all day! However, our children needed lunch, and a decent nap if they were going to keep going. So next time, we will finish off the tour of the remainder of the park.
Chad Roasa | Jun 19, 2018
Lots of family fun at the zoo. We went on one of the first hottest days of the year to see the Dino exhibit and of course the living animals too! It was a ton of fun, but way too hot! We spent a little extra time in the air conditioned exhibits. Might be worth the zoo looking into getting some large fans and misters like the amusement parks use. All in all, it was a good time and we have a family annual pass, so we'll be back!
Chelsea Wong | Jun 21, 2018
The San Antonio Zoo is only good for little kids who are just excited to see one tiger through a foggy, unwashed glass and a million vultures that hang out in the sandpits on the empty animal pens. I've been to many other Zoos in the past, and this one is just, well, sad. The layout they have set out for the animals makes no sense for one. There's small creatures in enormous pens and large ones in tiny, cramped spaces. No shade or grass anywhere to help protect against the Texas heat. There's more wrong than just that though. Half of the sections were empty. And not just the animal is inside, but nothing at all. it looked like almost half the zoo was abandoned. On top of that, I'm pretty sure this zoo is better labeled as a bird exhibit. There were bird cages everywhere and strewn all throughout the park. which further proves my point on the layout making no sense. But the worst thing I saw, was the lack of care given to these animals. and the most prime example was a duck. There is a pond where you can feed them. And in that pond was a duck and half of it's beak was broken off. The bottom half was just dangling there and you could see everything. It was unbelievably tragic. Many Employees walked by, seeing it, and doing nothing. It makes you wonder how they treat the animals here. I'm so fervent about this, because as I've said, I've been to other zoos before (Riverbank in SC and the Houston Zoo in Texas) and both of those had exceptional treatment for their animals and much care.
Craig Fox | Jun 19, 2018
Free parking within a reasonable walking distance offsets the admission fees to this solid zoo. A few areas were under construction on my last visit, but most animals were visible. Staffers were very friendly and helpful on the Monday of my visit. I've never visited on a weekend, but good views of all the animals is probably a real challenge with big crowds. I observed a patron struggling to escort a family member in a wheelchair through some of the ramps so a call to the office to inquire about accessibility is probably worthwhile for those in need. The layout is fairly easy to navigate without much doubling back to see all the animals. The zoo is in a great area with a close proximity to other attractions.
Fenris Lycaous | Aug 13, 2018
My girlfriend and I bought the yearly membership package as we both love going to places like this. We took her son and his girlfriend with us. I had not been to a Zoo before (gasp). I lived being able to see animals that I would not have had a chance to see in my lifetime. The butterfly enclosure was awesome. While we were there they had robotic dinosaurs throughout the Zoo. It was a lot of fun.
Charice Martin | Aug 5, 2018
It seems like it’s a great place and it probably would’ve been fun but we didn’t even make it in because this establishment have poor event planning. We have had plans to bring my son here for weeks. We don’t even live in town and have to drive 2.5 hours just to come here. There was no event listing on the page earlier this week that would hinder people from being able to come but of course the one day we can go they’re closed to the public at 2pm for a private event. School is about to start so I feel like private events that can shut down an entire establishment shouldn’t even be a thing. Either that or advertise it properly. Not everyone has the time and money to waste for essentially nothing.
John Murphy | Aug 9, 2018
It's a zoo. Once you see one you see them all. Good for the little kiddos. Line to get in was quite long and slow. Recommended once maybe every 5 years but certainly not every year. Changes in the zoo not very often. Got to be mindful of the hours you go because animals that are outdoors may be sleeping at that time. Yearly membership NOT recommended! TIP: Recommend going when there's a special like 2-for-1, special day or military discount.
Robert Wolosin | Jul 13, 2018
Great zoo for the whole family. The summer can be rough any later than 1130, as most of the animals seem to want to stay in the shade. But still lots to see even then. Decent amount of snack/junk food along the way as well as adult beverages. Great seeing local craft beer. They have a nice kids play area which now has a splash pool, so bring extra clothes! Bring plenty of water and enjoy.
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