Situated along the San Antonio River and next to Brackenridge Park, this zoo is considered one of the finest in America, ... More
San Antonio Zoo
Situated along the San Antonio River and next to Brackenridge Park, this zoo is considered one of the finest in America, housing more than 3,500 animals representing more than 700 species. The recently renovated "big cat" exhibit draws big crowds, as does the bird collection, which is one of the largest in the United States. Allow time for wandering aroundeven though there is plenty of directional signage, the exhibits are a confusing maze. San Antonio Zoo offers weekly educational programs and is also available for private events. Call for further information.
I enjoyed the exhibits and my children really loved feeding the fish. the Petting zoo was tons of fun for them too! I would suggest to start from the left side so that you are walking downhill instead of uphill.
It was very exciting to see the diffrent species of aniamals that the San Antonio Zoo had to offer. It was a very kid friendly place. I really enjoyed my day there and it was one of the best times I`ve ever had.
-Billy, from California
Our family visited this zoo last year and really enjoyed ourselves. It was sad to see a beautiful black panther isolated in a small cement cage, but other than that, we had a great time. The zoo has a special exhibit for butterflies. My daughter was able to hold a moth as big as an adult's hand! We'd go there again, but would avoid the panther cage.
The San Antonio Zoo is enjoyable for a family outing. You can actually see it in a day. There are many interesting animals, though birds and monkeys are in more traditional cages. The landscaping is very nice, and there are some lovely sculptures in the park.
Our granddaughters especially enjoyed the Butterfly Garden (open spring to fall) and the Lory Landing, where lories are flying free and can land on you or drink nectar from tiny cups you can purchase and hold in your hand for them.
The one thing I think was really odd was that there are no restrooms at the Riverview Cafe. I can't imagine any kind of restaurant with no bathrooms. They are a block away.
I have been to many zoo's around the country, and this zoo is average at best. With a city this big, I expected more large animals. For the animals they have, we felt the ticket price was very high $8 for adults $6 for kids. If you are visiting and want to see a good zoo, go to San Diego (huge) or St. Louis (free). I have been told it is the best zoo in all of Texas, which is really sad for Texans.
That said, my family purchased the annual pass, which makes it more reasonable, and we go at least once a month. They are making tremendous improvements in the layout and putting in more activities for young kids, but still don't have the large animals to make this a top rated zoo.
Been to this zoo several times at different times of the year and depending on when you go you will see few or many animals. There have been a few times that I've visited and the animals tend to be asleep or hidden and other times they are all out. Been to many zoos, New Orleans; which is ok, San Diego; huge, Houston; so enclosed, and others but I give kudos to San Antonio for having a very knowledgeable staff, thier conservation efforts, allowing the animals to be 'free' by that I mean when I've been to other zoos it seems like they force the animals to be visible and while that is ok San Antonio allows their animals roam or simply hide away within their area to sleep or just not be seen by the public.
A friend and I took our kids today and over half of the zoo was either closed down due to construction or blocked off for some type of work. Every time that we have been there is some kind of construction but today was awful! How do you explain to small children that they can't see any of the animals that they want?
The Bird Department was wonderful.It was clean and I loved the Hixon and it was clean. The free flying birds were wonderful. The girls working in there were not frindly though. The curator of Birds needs to train the staff. maby he needs to do a walk through.
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