San Antonio Zoo and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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 bison, deer, monkeys, African 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 rhino, leopard, golden lion tamarin, dama gazelle, Attwater's prairie chicken (housed and bred off-exhibit), black mangabey, African lion, black-footed ferret, Komodo dragon, Andean 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.
HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR:
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:
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
Emily Morgan Haunted Hotel LEGOLAND
Shops at River Center Mall