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Oakland Zoo, Oakland

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
Founded in 1922 and home to 660 animals, Oakland Zoo features a number of natural exhibits in addition to a renowned elephant program. Explore themed areas spread out across the zoo, including the African savannah, the veldt, wild Australia, the rain forest, and more, each complete with flora and fauna native to that region. The Adventure Landing area features rides that give you views of the animals. If you have little ones with you, stop by the children's zoo, dedicated to teaching young minds about animals and the natural world. Be sure to check the website for information on scheduled animal feedings, special events, activities, and educational programs. Use our Oakland itinerary planner to add Oakland Zoo and other attractions to your Oakland vacation plans.
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  • I heard this one was one of the best zoos in the country, so i finally made it over after living in San Francisco for 10 years. It has two entrances, so beware of that or you might get lost...... It's...  read more »
  • The zoo was alright. I think it would have been more exciting for children; there is a children's area. The cost is alright; actually surprisingly cheap for the area. The staff wandered around aimless...  read more »
  • An adventure very good to spend it with the family. I believe that they only need it to the for everything to be more pleasurable adventure else is perfect ☀️
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  • Phenomenal Zoo - best one in the Bay Area (or so I've heard). Seeing the Giraffes is amazing - closest you'll ever get in a zoo in the US. They have lions, tigers and bears (okay maybe not bears - I forget) oh my. Good variety of animals - also have some nice kid play areas and structures. There's a good little creek/pond and hill area where you can walk through. Their restaurant and food options are meh - so be prepared. You can get discounts on tickets if you're a member of other parks such as Happy Hollow Children's Park and Zoo of San Jose.
  • We love the zoo! It focuses on safari and jungle animals and is currently missing california animals, but there is a california animal exhibit under construction. It's got lots of seating around the major habitats, like the elephants and monkeys. And it's got a great kids zoo. There are big animal statues to climb on all over and there is a petting zoo where the kids can pet/brush goats. The only downside is it's built on a hill, but that means you get a good workout! There is a small attached amusement park with rides you can pay for. There's also a train that goes around the zoo and a skylift that flies over it, though both of those cost money too. There are two train crossings, which my toddler loves! Its a great zoo and open all year round.
  • Our favorite zoo. Very natural habitats. It is very clean. Reservation staff was great for my daughter's birthday. Only issue was there were a number of people in our birthday party area and no staff to help us clear it.
  • Don't get me wrong, it is fairly good zoo, but I felt like I wanted to see more. First things first. It is conveniently located just one block from highway and entrance is easily accessible regardless where you park. Admission price per adult is $17 which is not bad, but you actually have to pay more. Read until the end. A few animals that I have seen are baboon, tigers, tortoise, elephants, camels, hyena, giraffes, wallaroo, otters, goats, etc. I have seen all these animals before and wanted to see more birds (only one parrot type, really?). Some exhibits where closed and I would love to see anaconda, but I couldn't due to remodeling. Definitely there is lack of exotic insects. The unexpected part was is the way of seeing wallaroo. It is only accessible with the small train and there is additional price of $3 per person for that. I thought that I am paying $17 to see animals. Overall, it was OK experience, but I am not coming back. Work harder, Oakland Zoo
  • The Oakland Zoo has a lot of really interesting animals -- tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes, and more. And you can get very good views of all of them. There is also a play area in the middle of the zoo that the little kids love. It's best to take a wagon or stroller to this zoo.
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