Special Programs

Explore San Francisco Zoo & Gardens in a whole new way on a one-of-a-kind guided tour to learn more about our magnificent animals, lovely gardens and rich history.

Senior Mornings Guided Tour

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. For guests 65 year and older.

First Thursday of the month
9:00 am
FREE for Senior level Members
$10. for non-members
Parking included

Tickets available at the Zoo’s Tickets Windows.

Zen at the Zoo

Imagine performing yoga poses as giraffe and zebra graze nearby, that is the ultimate zen! This year, SF Zoo is offering its first-ever Zen at the Zoo, featuring Vinyasa Flow. This one-hour outdoor class will be conducted in the “Donga,” the public viewing area that sits right in the middle of the Leanne B. Roberts African Savanna.

2024 Dates

  • Sunday, May 26
  • Sunday, June 9
  • Sunday, June 23
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Sunday, July 21
  • Sunday, August 4
  • Sunday, August 18
  • Sunday, September 1
  • Sunday, September 8
  • Sunday, September 22
  • Sunday, October 6
  • Sunday, October 13

Suitable for all skill levels of yoga practitioners, Vinyasa Flow unites breath to movement while offering a variety of poses. You will flow between postures while building strength, endurance, balance, and mental focus. Expect a well-rounded practice involving sun salutations, standing and seated postures, and a strong focus on the power of breath. Details here.

Members: $25 per session

General Public:  $50 per session (includes Zoo admission ticket for the full day)

(Go to the Special Programs tab on the ticketing page; Members click on the Member Tickets for the discount)

BikeAbouts SF Zoo


Pedal your way through the Zoo during these 60-minute riding tours! Our knowledgeable staff will be
your guide as they share fun animal facts and conservation stories.

2024 Tour dates and times
Sunday, May 12 – 9am (Mother’s Day)
Sunday, June 16 – 9am (Father’s Day)
Saturday, July 13 – 9am
Saturday, August 10 – 9am
Saturday, September 14 – 9am
Saturday, October 12 – 9am

Join us for extra-special BikeAbouts on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day only, which include a continental breakfast served immediately following the event! During these programs, bike tours will focus on what maternal and paternal care look like throughout the animal kingdom.

Have a date in mind that you don’t see on the calendar? Contact us to schedule a private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more riders!

Pre-registration is required and participants must provide their own bikes and bike locks. No strollers or scooters, please. All bikes need to be outside the zoo by 10:00 am when we open to the general public.

Please have locks with you, to secure your bike(s) to our bike rack, if you plan to re-enter the zoo for the day. Any age peddlers who are riding their own bikes are required to purchase a full ticket. Only young
children who are riding in a child’s seat or trailer (piggy-backing), qualify for free admission.

Tour Prices  

Family BikeAbouts
SFZS Member – $27 per peddler
Non-Member – $37 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike
Mother’s and Father’s Day BikeAbouts (includes continental breakfast)
SFZS Member – $47 per peddler
Non-member – $57 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike

Zoo admission is included. Proof of active Membership is required upon arrival.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to [email protected] 

To access BikeAbout tickets, click on the orange button below. Then click on the Programs tab in the pop-up window and select Special Programs from the drop-down menu.

Zoo Keys

The ever-popular, interactive Storybooks have returned to the Zoo, activated by the beloved, plastic animal keys that have become nostalgic icons to visitors from years past. At Storybook sites around the Zoo, visitors can listen to multilingual recordings of stories and fun facts about the animals. You can purchase your Zoo Key onsite at the Admissions Gate or in the Membership Office or online. If you have an original key, you can continue to treasure it as a collector’s item as it won’t work with the new boxes.

Zoo Keys are $5 each

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