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San Francisco Zoos & Aquariums

Zoos & Aquariums Overview

San Francisco

San Francisco zoos and aquariums include Discovery Kingdom, the Steinhart Aquarium, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco Zoo, Oakland Zoo and Happy Hollow Zoo. From the small Lindsay Wildlife Museum to the San Francisco Zoo, some of the best wildlife exhibits in the country are found here. See venomous snakes, exotic insects, flamingos, giraffes, sharks, sea otters, octopus and more from Vallejo to Downtown San Francisco. Zoos and aquariums are always one of the best choices for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

North Bay

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is located on the north shore of San Francisco Bay off Interstate 80 in Vallejo. This is a combination wild animal park, sea aquarium and theme park. Discovery Kingdom zoo animals list includes lions, tigers, elephants, giraffe, alligator, snakes and more. Ocean Discovery animals include dolphin, sea lions, walrus, sharks, penguin and more. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom attractions include roller coasters, water slides, marine mammal shows and wild animal park exhibits. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is one of the top choices for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, California 94589
(707) 643-6722

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San Francisco

Steinhart Aquarium

Steinhart Aquarium is situated within Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This is a large-scale sea aquarium featuring tropical fish, sharks, rays, octopus, giant sea bass, lobster, starfish, tide pool touch tanks, sea horse and more. The Steinhart Aquarium is part of the California Academy of Sciences, which houses multiple museums of biology, space and science. They are the only aquarium in the world to successfully house a Great White Shark for several months. Unfortunately, it has already been returned to the wild. The California Academy of Sciences is one of the top choices for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Steinhart Aquarium / California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 321-8000

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Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay is found at the ever-popular Pier 39 along Fisherman's Wharf. This moderate-scale sea aquarium features exhibits of local fish species and touch tanks. See sharks, octopus, starfish, river otters, jellyfish, sturgeon and more. Get a view of what life is like from below the bay. Aquarium of the Bay is a great choice for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Aquarium of the Bay
PIER 39
Embarcadero at Beach Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(888) 732-3483

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The San Francisco Zoo is situated at the intersections of Sloat, Skyline and Great Highway off Highway 1. The San Francisco Zoo is a large city zoo with over 1,000 wild animals displayed in a comfortable climate along the Pacific Ocean. Popular exhibits at the San Francisco Zoo include Australian Walkabout, Grizzly Gulch, Insect Zoo, Lion House and a petting zoo. The San Francisco Zoo Primate Discovery Center is the home of Koko the Gorilla who became famous being able to communicate using sign language. San Francisco Zoo animals include mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, sea lions, pandas, gorillas, giraffe, birds of prey, poison dart frogs, snakes, rainforest animals, African animals and other endangered animals. the San Francisco Zoo is one of the top choices for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, California 94132
(415) 753-7080

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The Randall Museum is found in the heart of the city off Interstate 80. Situated in Corona Heights Park, the museum attracts young naturalists with exhibits like Wild in the City, Living with a Restless Earth, Healthy Oceans and Windswept. Resident animals include a Brown Pelican, Desert Tortoise, Gopher Snake, Great Horned Owl, Mallard Duck and more. A small theater hosts theatrical performances, movies, comedians, magicians and jugglers to name a few. The Randall Museum is a good idea for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Randall Museum
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 554-9600

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East Bay

The Oakland Zoo is located in Knowland Park off Interstate 580. The Oakland Zoo is a large city zoo with more than 400 wild animals on display. Oakland Zoo animals list includes mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects and more. See lions, zebra, elephants, giraffe, bears, flamingo, poison dart frogs, snakes, rainforest animals, African animals and other endangered animals. The Oakland Zoo is great choice for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

NOTICE: Oakland is in a high crime zone of the Bay Area. See our High Crime Zones page for safety precautions in these areas.

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, California 94605
(510) 632-9525

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Lindsay Wildlife Museum is found off Interstate 680 from Geary Road. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum functions as a museum, zoo and veterinary clinic for wild animals. Local wild animals include owls, hawks, woodpeckers, opossum, fox, rabbits, snakes, frogs, tortoise, spiders and more. More than 50 species of live, non-releasable, native California animals are on exhibit. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a good choice for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 1st Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(925) 935-1978

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South Bay

Happy Hollow Zoo is situated in Happy Hollow Park off Interstate 280. Happy Hollow Zoo is a small city zoo with hundreds of wild animals on display including lemurs, leopards, capybara, turtles, vultures, macaws and more. Also included are educational classes & camps and a puppet theater. Happy Hollow Park is good option for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 794-6400

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