Zoo 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.


Botanical Tour

Experience our spectacular gardens and plant collections during a 60-minute tour with our botany experts. Learn about the beautiful and threatened species in our botanical collections and how they support the biodiversity of our animal residents.

Tour dates and times
Today’s tour times:  10:30am

Book here for non-members
Book here for Members and Guardians

Tour Prices
$25 for ages 4 and up
$20 for members
Free for Zoo Guardians
Children 3 and under are free
*Zoo admission is not included.

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

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

History Tour – Coming Soon!

Did you know that our parking lot used to be the largest swimming pool in the county? Or that many historic buildings from the 1930’s are still housing animal exhibits today? Join us for a one hour guided tour conducted by one or our knowledgeable Interpretive Ambassadors and learn more about the 90 year history of San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.

Tour dates and times

Note: Please reach out to [email protected] a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your tour if any member of your party requires ADA accommodations.


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.

Tour dates and times
Sunday, May 14 – 9am (Mother’s Day)
Sunday, June 18 – 9am (Father’s Day)
Saturday, July 8 – 9am
Saturday, August 12 – 9am
Saturday, September 9 – 9am 

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 – $25 per peddler
Non-Member – $35 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike
Mother’s and Father’s Day BikeAbouts
SFZS Member – $40 per peddler
Non-member – $50 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] 


 Please check the calendar for availability.

• Tickets available online up to 10:25am on the date of 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