San Antonio Zoo announces reopening date

When will the San Antonio Zoo reopen?

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Zoo is about to reopen after it closed its doors on March 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with the zoo announced Thursday morning that annual pass holders will be able to visit the zoo starting May 29-31 for a pass holder-only weekend.

“We are delighted to start welcoming back visitors to the zoo, connecting our guests with nature, and inspiring them through animal connections,” said San Antonio Zoo president and CEO Tim Morrow.

The zoo temporarily invited guests to enjoy the animals as part of a drive-thru zoo experience. Thursday is the last day for the drive-through experience.

San Antonio Zoo introduces ’exclusive’ virtual meetings with animals

Starting June 1, standard admission tickets will be available to everyone but zoo officials said somethings have changed.

Changes to the San Antonio Zoo experience include:

Timed tickets for zoo admission - Annual Pass holders and Monthly Members must make a reservation online for a dedicated time slot to enter the zoo. Starting June 1st, all Standard Admission tickets will need to be purchased online to reserve their date and entry time at

Rides - The carousel inside the zoo, Zoo Eagle Train, and Kiddie Park will remain closed until further direction from State and Local officials.

“Our zoo crew has been working diligently on reopening plans almost since the day we closed. We will be implementing safety guidelines set forth by our Governor and City officials that will provide our guests with a safe visit back to the zoo,” Morrow said.

The Starbucks at Brackenridge Park will continue to operate.

Annual pass holders who purchased a pass between March 2019 and March 2020 will receive an extra three months on their membership as a thank you from the zoo, according to a press release.

View the video above to see further measures the zoo is taking to ensure the safety of guests.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.