Special Tours

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.

Due to COVID-19, we are not able to offer the guided tours including Bike-Abouts at this time.

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


 Please check the calendar for availability.

• Tickets available online up to midnight the day before the tour.
Please check the calendar for availability.

• Zoo Membership card must be presented with your tour tickets, prior to beginning your tour.

• Zoo admissions is only included with BikeAbouts.
All other tours require proof of admission or Zoo Membership prior to beginning your tour.

• All exhibit and viewing areas are wheelchair and/or stroller accessible on the Animal Amble, Gardens Tour and Senior Stroll. For our History Tour and Secret Safari, contact us in advance if you have any unique mobility concerns at [email protected] for details and questions.

• No tours are offered from Thanksgiving through New Years


Pedal your way through the Zoo during these 90-minute riding tours! Our knowledgeable staff will be your guide as they share fun animal facts and conservation stories. During the ride you may see a sleepy tiger yawning or a grizzly bear going for a swim.

Tour dates and times
Monthly from April – October, 8:30am – 10:00am. 

Join us for extra-special BikeAbouts on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day only! During these programs, bike tours will focus on what maternal and paternal care look like throughout the animal kingdom. Stick around after the tour for a tasty continental breakfast until 11am!

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 required.
Participants must provide their own bikes. No strollers or scooters, please.

Tour Prices  
Family BikeAbouts
SFZS Member – $20 per peddler
Non-Member – $30 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike
Mother’s and Father’s Day BikeAbouts
SFZS Member – $35 per peddler
Non-member – $45 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike

*Zoo admission is included.

Due to COVID-19 there are no BikeAbouts at this time.

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

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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