Friends have often heard me profess the benefits and value of our San Francisco Zoo membership. For $95 a year a family of two adults and upto 5 children get to go as often as they want and have access to the member only benefits and events.
Since we bought our membership we have met Spider-man, Captain America, Elmo and Cookie Monster as well as the Easter Bunny (ok – it was actually the Nesquick bunny but our kids did not know the difference and were excited none the less). We’ve seen musical shows featuring Fisher Price’s Little People and been present for the arrival of Santa’s reindeer two years in a row.
In terms of set up and animals SF Zoo does not have the awe of the San Diego Zoo (which is amazing) but as a family with two very energetic toddlers the open space, good sight lines and lots of things at their level it is the perfect day out. We generally spend a lot of time in the children’s zoo which includes a bug house and a petting zoo along with a bunch of kid type animals. One of our favorites is the muir cats and prairie dogs who are usually out and about doing their thing and happy to show off their entertaining personality. We also love the petting zoo, the main attraction are the goats and sheet wandering around who are pretty mild mannered and used to kids throwing themselves on them. There is also a building within the petting zoo where they raise chicks and you can see the eggs in the incubators, we’ve been lucky and actually seen one hatching one morning during our visit.
Another advantage is free parking on Sloat Street. It may require a bit of extra walking but we’ve never had trouble finding a space less than 10 minutes walk and appreciate the chance to save the $10 parking fee.