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.


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.

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.


 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