Family & Adult Programs

Families that Zoo together, care, connect, and conserve together. Our Family and Adult programs provide fun learning opportunities for all.

Wild Walks
Scavenger Hunt
BikeAbouts
Overnights
Twilight Tours
Conservation Speaker Series
Senior Stroll

Wild Walks

Adventure Walk:

Enhance your Zoo experience with a guided adventure that’s fantastic for audiences of all ages! Choose from 3 different 60-minute themed tours. Your knowledgeable guide will entertain you with fun facts and an education program animal encounter that will make you feel like a Zoo insider. Themes change monthly so you can join us again and again to learn something new!

Zoo admission is not included in the price of your tour. Proof of Zoo admission or Membership will be required before beginning your tour.

Tours are offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am, 12:00pm or 2:00pm, pending availability. Please check the calendar, or inquire at any ticket window, for open dates and times. Tickets available online or in person up to 10 minutes prior to tour start times in Entry Village.

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Explorer Walk:

Choose your path of exploration on this 75-minute private guided tour! These tours are the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just a day at the Zoo with your favorite animal lover. Explorer Walks are personalized so you’ll choose the exhibits you’d like the guide to highlight based on your unique interests. Tours end with an animal encounter, where you’ll get a chance to meet an education animal ambassador!

Zoo admission is included in the price of your tour.

Explorer Wild Walks require advance payment and a minimum of two weeks’ notice. Tours can be reserved Wednesday – Friday within the Zoo’s normal operating hours or Saturday – Sunday at 10am or 12pm, pending availability. Click here to submit a reservation form.

Wild Encounter Walk:

This 90-minute educational experience offers the opportunity to get up-close with the world’s tallest animals– giraffes! The afternoon begins with a Zoo tour that will highlight new exhibits and all-time favorites. Along the way your guide will share all sorts of fun facts, stories and ways that you can play a part in wildlife conservation! The tour ends at the Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge, where you get the opportunity to feed giraffes some treats.

Zoo admission is included in the price of your tour.

Wild Encounter Walks require online pre-registration. Please check the calendar for open dates. Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm, pending availability. Tours are open to the public- please see the Ultimate Encounter option for a private experience.

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Ultimate Encounter Walk:

You’ll become an ultimate Zoo insider with this special private tour option. This 90-minute experience offers the opportunity to meet an education animal ambassador up-close before heading into the Zoo on a totally customized tour. Your private guide will highlight exhibits based on your interests all while sharing fun facts and conservation actions to help animals around the world and in our own backyards. The tour ends at the Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge, where you get the opportunity to feed giraffes some treats.

Zoo admission is included in the price of your tour.

Ultimate Encounter Walks require advance payment and a minimum of two weeks’ notice. Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm, pending availability. Click here to submit a reservation form.

Fees:

Adventure Walk- requires Zoo admission
$10 per person- Member*
$15 per person- Non-member
Kids 3 and under are FREE

Explorer Walk- includes Zoo admission
$25 per person- Member*
$40 per person- Non-member
Kids 3 and under are FREE

Wild Encounter Walk- includes Zoo admission
$75 per person- Member*
$90 per person- Non-member
Kids 3 and under are FREE (max: 5)

Ultimate Encounter Walk- includes Zoo admission
$100 per person- Member*
$120 per person- Non-member
Kids 3 and under are FREE (max: 5)

*Member card must be presented to guide before beginning tour.

Have questions? Review our FAQs, email wildwalk@sfzoo.org or call us at 415-753-7073 ext. 8137. To request an Explorer or Ultimate Encounter Private tour, please submit a reservation form.


Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a new way to explore the Zoo? Solve fun puzzles as you visit the Elinor Friend Playground, Exploration Zone, and Fisher Family Farm on your smart phone with a ClueKeeper scavenger hunt! Best for families with children ages 4-12, this 1.5 hour long hunt will help you discover the Zoo together.


Have a Question? Send an e-mail to education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8124.

Buy Scavenger Hunt

Fees
Zoo Hunt: $9.99
ClueKeeper Smart Phone App: free
*Admission to the Zoo is not included.


BikeAbouts

Bring your bicycle to the Zoo for this 1-1/2 hour riding tour. Our informative docents will guide you as you see the animals start their day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing or monkeys bounding through the branches for their morning exercise. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds.

We have BikeAbouts scheduled on a monthly basis March through October and on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, where we finish our bike ride with a continental breakfast. You can also schedule your own private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more.

Upcoming BikeAbout dates:
April 22
Mother's Day - May 14
Father's Day - June 18
July 15

Pre-registration required.
Zoo admission is included in the price of your tour.

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Have a Question? Send an e-mail to education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135.

Tour Details

Please check our calendar of events for additional tour details.

Fees:

Family BikeAbouts - includes Zoo admission
$18 per peddler- Member
$23 per peddler- Non-member
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike.

Mother’s and Father’s Day BikeAbouts - includes Zoo admission
$25 per peddler- Member
$30 per peddler- Non-member
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike


Overnights

The San Francisco Zoo provides an exciting opportunity to camp in the heart of the city. From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo. A special keeper talk will illustrate the great care the Zoo provides to its residents and the role zoos play in the conservation of wildlife. You will also learn some and simple ways that you can help conserve at home. Evening snacks, activities, and a continental breakfast are included. Our professional staff offers a fun adventure while leaving our guests with a memorable experience of a special night at the San Francisco Zoo.

Group Overnights
Our group overnight programs are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis throughout the year. Overnights are a fun, unique, and educational experience for all groups; bring your class, group or troop to the Zoo. View our group Wild Nights brochure which includes pricing and registration information here.

Family Overnights
Several times a year, the San Francisco Zoo hosts parents and children for a night of family fun. Family Wild Nights Gift Certificates are also a great gift idea. Minimum age for children is 6 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Zoo admission is included in the price of your overnight.

2017 Family Overnight dates:
June 17-18
July 1-2
August 19-20
September 2-3

Pre-registration is required.
Zoo admission is included with the price of your overnight.

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Have a Question? Send an e-mail to wildnights@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073 x8137.

Overnight Details

Please check our calendar of events for additional event details.

Fees:

Family Overnight - includes Zoo admission
$90 per person - Member
$80 per person - Member, if registering 5 or more people
$100 per person - Non-member
$90 per person - Non-Member, if registering 5 or more people


Twilight Tours

Experience the Zoo in a whole new light – twilight. Twilight Tours are a fun-filled and educational tour experience. Groups go on a nocturnal safari and meet a Zookeeper for an up-close animal encounter. Games, evening snack, and activities are all part of the wild adventure. Twilight Tours are from 6:30pm-9:00pm, for children ages 4 and up. Themed tours are scheduled throughout the year, but if you have a group of 15 or more you may schedule your own tour.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to wildnights@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073 x8137.

Registration
Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration. Pre-registration is required.

Fees
SFZS Members: $30 for children 4-17 years old, $35 for adults
Non-members: $35 for children, $40 adults.


Wild Places, Wild Things!
Conservation Speaker Series

Local and international conservationists provide inspirational talks about world-wide conservation efforts. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with scientists and learn about how they are saving wildlife.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073.

Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming lectures.

Registration
not required.

Fee
Free with Zoo admission.


Senior Stroll

Enjoy a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to yourself. Watch the animals that are active early in the day, with a docent guide to answer your questions and offer fascinating insights into animal behavior. Zoo admission is included in your tour price.

Senior Stroll is held quarterly every 2nd Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 am. For guests ages 65 years and older.

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Have a Question? Send an e-mail to seniorstroll@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7122.

2017 Senior Strolls:

March 9

June 8

September 14

December 14

Registration
not required.

Fees- includes Zoo admission
Members: Free
Non-members: $5