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San Antonio Zoo and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

San Antonio Zoo and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Admission San Antonio Zoo
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
City Tour
Live Guide
Fantastic Views


The San Antonio Zoo is in MidtownSan AntonioTexasUnited States.

It is located in the city's Brackenridge Park.

San Antonio Zoo is a 50+ acre zoo home to over 750 species, some of which are endangered or extinct in the wild, and an annual attendance of more than 1 million.

What is now known as the San Antonio Zoo began in 1914 when Colonel George Washington Brackenridge, one of the city's leading citizens, placed bisondeermonkeysAfrican lions, and bears on land he had deeded to the city. The land became Brackenridge Park and Golf Course.

The San Antonio Zoo opened two of the first cageless exhibits in the United States in November 1929 that offered visitors views of the animals not available in caged exhibits.

The Richard Friedrich Aquarium was dedicated in 1948, and the Hixon Bird House, funded through the efforts of Colonel Frederick C. Hixon, opened in 1966.

The zoo is involved in breeding a number of endangered species including black rhinoleopardgolden lion tamarindama gazelleAttwater's prairie chicken (housed and bred off-exhibit), black mangabey, African lion, black-footed ferretKomodo dragonAndean condor, and Caribbean flamingos.

The zoo opened Phase II of Africa Live in 2010. Phase I, which opened in 2007, brought a new exhibit for hippos with underwater viewing area and one for new Nile crocodiles as well as many other smaller animals. Phase II contains Angolan colobus monkeys, okapi, African hunting dogs, rock hyrax, and various species of birds contained in the second largest aviary in the world.

On June 18, 2013, a two-headed turtle, along with three one-headed turtles hatched. The two-headed turtle was later named Thelma and Louise after the 1991 film.

Josh the African lion was permanently transferred to the Birmingham Zoo in April 2022 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

(PLEASE NOTE - we do not have a hop-on hop-off tour stop at the Zoo)



Discover the hidden gems of San Antonio!

The story of San Antonio starts here - your tour begins in Alamo Plaza, immediately giving you the fantastic 'double decker' view of the beautiful Alamo - and then explores the River Walk district and historic neighborhoods....

Experience this old south Texas city as you head north over the River Walk to The Pearl, Spanish Governor's Palace, Cathedral, Theater District, Tower of the Americas, Mexican Market Square, King William Historic District and much much more.

We get to each stop every 20 minutes, from 8.40am to 5.30pm.

Of course you are free to get off and explore at any of our 19 stops.

You’ll get to see:

The Alamo

Pearl Brewery Entertainment Complex

Market Square El Mercado and Centro des Artes Museum

San Fernando Cathedral

Spanish Governor's Palace

Tower of the Americas

King William Historical District

San Antonio Museum of Art

The Famous River Walk

Theater District Zona Cultural

Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76


The Tobin Center

The Scottish Rite Cathedral

Hipólito F. Garcia Federal Building

Yaganagua Garden

Emily Morgan Haunted Hotel LEGOLAND

Shops at River Center Mall


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