Day Tripping

Holiday shapes up at zoo

October 31, 2008 


    WHERE: 47th Avenue and Sloat Avenue, San Francisco

    WHEN: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    COST: Ages 15 to 64, $15; 65 and older, $12; children 4 to 14, $9; younger than 3 get in free.

    GETTING THERE: From Modesto, take Interstate 580 (over the Altamont Pass) to Oakland and cross the Bay Bridge into San Francisco on Interstate 80. I-80 becomes Highway 101 in midtown. Take I-80 South (James Lick Freeway) and then take Interstate 280 west toward Daly City. Take the Westlake District/John Daly Boulevard exit and stay right on John Daly Boulevard to Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35). Turn right (north) and stay on Skyline past the Olympic Club Golf Course and Lake Merced. Veer left onto the Great Highway. Stay in the right lane. The new zoo entrance — facing the beach and the Pacific Ocean — is on the right.

    An optional route through San Francisco is to travel west on Geary (or through the Marina District and Presidio) and pick up the Great Highway at the Cliff House. Drive south past Golden Gate Park and the Sunset District, turn left on Sloat and right at the zoo's Sloat-47th Street entrance.

    DRIVE TIME: 1 hour, 51 minutes (MapQuest)

    MORE INFO: 415-753-7080 or

SAN FRANCISCO — November brings festivals, craft bazaars and holiday events. Not to be outdone, the San Francisco Zoo adds some special events for the holidays, too.

While animal feedings, carousel rides and miniature steam train rides attract many visitors, Santa's reindeer also fly in with some holiday cheer. Nov. 22 through New Year's Day brings the fourth annual Reindeer Romp, a rare opportunity to see live reindeer.

There's also gliding, sliding fun at the ice skating rink. Skating is $5 and skate rental is $3.

Escape shopping the day after Thanksgiving for "Storytime with Santa." Enjoy hot chocolate, decorate cookies with the elves and be treated to a visit from some of the winter animals that make their home at the zoo. The Nov. 28 event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Bee staff writer Karen Aiello can be reached at or 578-2392.

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