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Oakland Zoo, Oakland

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#2 of 6 in Parks in Oakland
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. To visit Oakland Zoo on your holiday in Oakland, and find out what else Oakland has to offer, use our Oakland visit planning site .
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  • I have to say that I was very impressed with the Oakland Zoo. We visited here yesterday with our two boys and had a great time. The zoo had lots of variety and we got to see things that the Sacramento...  more »
  • This is an awesome place of nature fun to enjoy learning exsprinenc for the kids and great fun for parents  more »
  • AWESOME ZOO!!!! BANG FOR YOUR BUCK, TOO. They have an aerial tram and family pass deals also, It is a nice little surprise to find a nice zoo with numerous animals and a nice park so close to San Fran...  more »
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  • The gondola was fantastic, free and never seemed to be more than a couple minutes wait in line. Restaurant at the top had great food but be prepared for those park prices and the line moved pretty slow. I think they are still working on how to keep the lines moving. $12 sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. Bring your own beverages to the park. 9 bucks for a soda. Animals were all visible and park was very clean. Restrooms were very accessible and clean. Parking looks a little heavy when you show up but don't be discouraged, there is lots of room in the park.
  • The large mamas are great! The presentation is spacious, wide open and all the animals are active in front of people. One of the best in urban zoos. The facilities are very old and poor. Restrooms are dark and dirty. Not enough cafe and restaurants. Restaurants are very expensive, better to bring your own food. The membership seems very reasonably priced and well worth it, considering the parking is included.
  • A good too. Small enough you can do it in a day's visit but still varied enough to find animals you will enjoy. I like the baboons, the river otters, and the meerkats. But there are reptiles, bugs, tigers and elephants. Very nice enclosures for the animals, albeit enclosures. There is a gondola ride to a good Cafe that is a bit pricey but I liked the chicken sandwich. Things for kids to climb on when they need something more active than viewing
  • There are so many animals to see here--my favorites being the river otters--along with a free gondola ride that gives a view of most of Oakland and the SF Bay, and walking around to see all of them is both fun and great exercise! While the food isn't cheap, it goes to a great cause. Visit frequently! Become a member like I did, and you can go as often as you want for free without paying for parking, too!
  • Came for Christmas lights and gondola. Lights were good but the gondola was out of service. Person at the front booth where I bought tickets was not apologetic at all. We still had to pay full price and when asked I was told that they would not be giving a discount for the train ride since the gondola was down. I verified that we have to pay the same price as others who are able to ride the gondola and was told “yep.” Very frustrated for our kids.

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