Did you know that more than 1,000,000 guests visit the San Antonio Zoo each year? That’s a large number of visitors! But what makes the San Antonio Zoo so popular? Continue reading through this article to learn about the Zoo hours, ticket prices, attractions, and localite tips on making the most out of your visit!
San Antonio Zoo – Main Attractions & Exhibits
Map of The San Antonio Zoo
By the entrance of the Zoo, it may not seem like much, but the Zoo is 56 acres large and represents 750 different species! To make navigating the Zoo easy for recurring or new visitors, there are signs posted around the Zoo. The Zoo also has ramp access areas for strollers and wheelchairs.
There’s also a San Antonio Zoo app that you can download to your phone, complete with information about the animals, a GPS map, and ticket information. There’s also free WiFi, so you’re never out of touch with friends, family, or posting about your Zoo day on social.
Are you wondering what experiences you can have at the Zoo? Besides enjoying a 36-acre walking path lined with animals in their habitats and structures that transport you to the wild, there are several interactive experiences as well.
SA Zoo Giraffe Feeding
Get close and personal with giraffes at this interactive feeding experience. Before your experience, you’ll get directions on feeding them safely and learn some fun facts about these tall and friendly creatures. The giraffe pictured above is named Cosmo – he’s a picky eater, so you may receive another green plant instead of lettuce.
SA Zoo Train
Take a break from walking and catch a ride on the Zoo train! The San Antonio Zoo train rides roughly 2 miles long and takes visitors around Brackenridge Park, closely located to the Zoo.
SA Zoo Kangaroo Krossing
The Kangaroo Krossing is a relatively new experience at the Zoo. This experience is home to the red kangaroos and part of the Wild Australia realm. Kangaroo Krossing tickets are currently $8 for a closer encounter.
Other Zoo Attractions
Throughout the Zoo, there are several other encounters with animals like the Australian Aviary, Nixon Bird House, and the Great Lawn and a Carousel.
Don’t forget to stop at the Zoo gift shop on your way out to add to your souvenirs!
San Antonio Zoo Hours & Best Time To Visit
Currently, the San Antonio Zoo hours and days of operation are Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. CST to 5:00 p.m. CST. During holidays or special events, the Zoo hours may fluctuate. The San Antonio Zoo is located at 3903 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212.
Localite Tip: Arrive at the Zoo early to enjoy the attractions without waiting, cooler walking weather, and capture images without a crowd.
San Antonio Zoo Tickets – Prices & Discount Coupons
To experience what San Antonio has to offer, all you have to do is purchase a standard admission ticket. The Zoo tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the front gate.
How much are the Zoo tickets in San Antonio?
Child (Under 3) – Free
Child (Ages 3-11) – $17.16
Adult (Ages 12+) – $21.73
*Senior discount and San Antonio Zoo Military discount – $5 off tickets must be purchased at the gate.
How to save on San Antonio Zoo tickets? Monthly Memberships, Annual Pass, Groupon & More
If you’re a San Antonio resident, enjoy better zoo prices by purchasing a monthly or annual pass. Both provide you with unlimited visits on operating days, coupons for the Zoo, guest tickets, access to special events, and more!
Not a Bexar county resident? Check out the Pogo Pass – South Central Texas, which includes a visit to the SA Zoo and other fun San Antonio activities, including surrounding cities like Austin!
Groupon often offers a deal on admission. Remember to check for existing offers for Discount on San Antonio Zoo Tickets
Five Localite Tips for Making the Most Of Your Visit to the Zoo
Throughout the Zoo, there are several posts filled with food for fish. It only costs a quarter to receive a handful of food to feed them! No doubt these mini stops add to the Zoo experience.
2. San Antonio Zoo Parking
In addition to the open lot, the SA Zoo now has a parking garage. You can park for the Zoo directly near the entrance in the open surface lot or inside the Zoo garage during zoo operation hours for no fee!
3. Plan An Early Visit
Take advantage of a less crowded Zoo by planning your visit early. An early visit allows you to take time when snapping photos and provides cooler walking weather.
4. Take Breaks
If an early visit isn’t possible, don’t sweat it – though you may sweat, after all, the Zoo is 36 acres large. The long path is shaded at points, and some exhibits are enclosed, but it’s important to take breaks and stay hydrated. Benches are located along the pathway and concessions for those needed rest breaks.
Restaurants Near the SA Zoo
While the SA Zoo has a Starbucks and other concessions, you can work up an appetite that calls for a larger meal. The SA Zoo is conveniently located near Downtown, which has many restaurants. Check out our Food & Drink page to find a delicious lunch or dinner spot!
Are Zoo Ready?
Now that you know everything to best prepare and enjoy the Zoo, are you ready to throw on those walking shoes to have a fun day at the Zoo? Don’t forget to share your experience by using #SanAntonioZoo on your posts!
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