When many people think of San Antonio, the first thing that pops into mind is the Alamo, or perhaps the famous Riverwalk. Yet this friendly city is also home to one of the top-ranked zoos in the country, the San Antonio Zoo. The San Antonio Zoo sits in an easy-to-access location on North St Mary's Street, not far from downtown San Antonio.
This beautiful zoo is home to over 600 unique species of animals, with over 3,500 total animals. Spanning a total of 35 beautifully landscaped acres near the San Antonio River, your family will enjoy wide and shaded walkways lined with plenty of benches as you work your way through the exhibits.
One of the most popular exhibits in the San Antonio Zoo is the new $12 million Africa Live! exhibit, boasting underwater viewing of hippos and gators, as well as indoor viewing of a rock python, dung beetles, cobras, and more. An African themed gift shop is also available in the exhibit.
The African Plains exhibit takes you into an expansive landscape of arid African plains where you can view zebras, ostriches, reticulated giraffes, African crowned cranes, ducks, gazelles, and antelopes. Nearby, you can watch leopards in their natural habitat as well as walk through a scenic bird exhibit.
A trip to the San Antonio Zoo would not be complete without visiting the primates at the Gibbon Forest. This fabulous exhibit features gibbons, apes, chimps, and monkeys. Your family will enjoy watching these primates frolic and play, eat, and even groom each other.
If you're visiting the zoo with young kids, you will want to spend some time at Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot and the Fun Farm Petting Zoo. The Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot is an interactive play area designed for those under five years old to play with, feed, and observe the animals. The petting zoo gives kids of all ages the chance to pet and brush African Pygmy goats.
Other highlights at the zoo include Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School and Lory Landing. The Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School is a seasonal exhibit allows you to walk into an enclosed greenhouse with butterflies fluttering freely in a garden environment. There is a $1 fee per person to enter this exhibit. Lory Landing is a popular exhibit as well, allowing you to walk through an enclosed aviary exhibit with parrots, lorikeets and other tropical birds flying freely. Entrance to this exhibit is included in the zoo admission, but food for the birds is $1.
The San Antonio Zoo is open 365 days a year, and also features numerous gift shops, restaurants, and snack shops to complete a perfect day of family fun.