Field Trips & Groups

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 we are not able to offer group reservations at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We’re so happy you are considering visiting the Zoo with your school or group. To help you with your planning, here are some guidelines for field trips and group visits.

  • All group and field trips must be made within three weeks prior of your desired visit date. Any reservations made less than three weeks in advance will not be guaranteed a confirmation.
  • Group visits may be scheduled year round. Group visits may be scheduled for weekends and holidays at a higher group rate (prices are subject to change without prior notice). We do not accept reservations on SF Resident Free Days. Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming SF Resident Free Days.
  • Complimentary SFUSD fieldtrips may be scheduled weekdays September 1 through May 31(excluding Free Days and Holidays).

To Qualify for a Group or Field Trip Rate

  • You must have 15 or more people in your group.
  • You must have a minimum ratio 1 adult for every 5 children/students (through grade 12).
  • You must make an online reservation a minimum of three weeks in advance of your visit.

San Francisco Unified School District Schools & SF DCYF (C.A.P.) Funded Organizations

Field Trip Fees

Ages 4-14 (pre-K to grade 8): Free
Ages 15-19 (grades 9 to 12): Free
Chaperones are Free within a 1:5 ratio of children in the group
Additional Adults (ages 15-64) over the 1:5 ratio: $21.00
Children 3 and under: Free

  • San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools and San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Family (SF DCYF) (C.A.P.) funded organizations qualify for free field trips from September 1 through May 31.
  • Field trip admission is free for qualifying schools with a ratio of 1 chaperone to 5 children in their visiting group. For groups with chaperones above the 1-to-5 ratio, the fee is $16.00 for each chaperone.
  • Field trips may be scheduled September 1 through May 31. No reservations will be made on weekends, holidays, or SF Resident Free Days.

San Francisco-based Field Trips & Groups
Children 4-14: $14.00
Adults 15-64: $21.00
Seniors 65+: $15.00
Children 3 and under: Free

All other Field Trips & Groups
Ages 4-14 (pre-K to grade 8): $15.00
Ages 15-19 (grades 9 to 12): $22.00
Adults 15-64: $22.00
Seniors 65+: $17.00
Children 3 and under: Free

What to Expect the Day of Your Visit

  • Buses may enter the Zoo parking lot for drop-off only. Bus pick-ups will be at 2945 Sloat Blvd.
  • Keep your entire group together in the designated waiting area for a Zoo representative to go over the Zoo rules with your group.
  • Have the actual head count of each person in your group.
  • Member benefits are not applicable to group visits; all group attendees must be included in the group’s final headcount and paid for at the quoted rate.
  • Have your payment ready for your group. We accept cash, credit cards and company checks.
  • You will be issued one ticket for all adults and one ticket for all children. Those who come late will have to pay full price for their own tickets. If you have included them in your group tickets, you will not be refunded for their ticket.
  • Discounted group admission tickets cannot be applied toward the purchase of a Zoo Membership.

Additional Fees

  • Parking lot is $11.00 on weekdays and $13.00 on weekends and holidays.
  • The Little Puffer miniature steam train is $7.00 per person age 3 and up.
  • The 1921 Dentzel carousel is $4.00 for anyone sitting down. Adults are free to stand next to smaller children.

Admission Prices

SF Zoo Members Free
Adult (12-64) $25.00
Seniors (65 and over) $20.00
Children (2-11) $18.00
Children (under 2) Free
Parking, weekdays $11.00
Parking, weekends and holidays $13.00
Valet Parking, weekends and holidays $25.00

SF Resident Admission Prices

Proof of SF residency required.
SF Zoo Members Free
Adult (12-64) $22.00
Seniors (65 and over) $16.00
Children (2-11) $15.00
Children (under 2) Free
Parking, weekdays $11.00
Parking, weekends and holidays $13.00
Valet Parking, weekends and holidays $25.00