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Oakland Zoo, Oakland

(4.2/5 based on 480+ 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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  • The Oakland Zoo is a must see destination in the Bay Area. Our family has visited many zoos thru out the country and The Oakland Zoo remains in our top 3 favorite. The animal welfare work they do only...  more »
  • We love this zoo. It is clean, not usually very packed. The animals look healthy and happy. The food could use some upgrading and healthier options.  more »
  • Nice location and selection. Easy access. Hard to see some of the animals through scenes and displays but overall kids seem to enjoy it.  more »
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  • I liked seeing the giraffes! It was not hard for me to walk around the hills and you could see all the animals that were out. The hyenas looked well groomed although they were quiet. I did not have anything to eat here but you are not forced to eat the cafe food as there are benches and grassy areas for you to have a picnic with your own food from home if you want. But it is a bit expensive as you have to pay about $40 for two adults, then extra for rides inside the park, plus $10 parking, and it is not as interactive or with such engaging staff as somewhere like Seaworld.
  • The Oakland zoo is the best, they win all kinds of awards, are dedicated to conservation and they are constantly adding new enrichment features to their animals exhibits. They have a huge range of animals as well. Well worth a visit.
  • Lots of fun. Just be prepared to walk. It is in the hills and you have to walk up and down some. Well worth it. In general I am not a zoo fan and it was nice. My kids love it.
  • 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.
  • Great zoo with lots of very nice exhibits. Children's zoo area is especially great for small children with a show and tell, otters and a goat petting area. Rides inside and outside the zoo add to the attraction.