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Oakland Zoo, Oakland

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#2 of 14 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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  • What a fun time! We recently went here and had an absolute blast. We had a great time checking out all of the animals and were pleasantly surprised and the quality of the pens here. The staff was friendly and we can't wait to come back once the new zone opens up on the hill! Also, go see the elephants if you get the chance! They were so animated when we saw them, it was a very cool experience.
  • I haven't visited in a few years and so much has changed. The new area they are building higher up in the hills will be opening sometime soon and looks like it's going to be amazing. The area will have animals that are indigenous to California. It's great to see the money going to great improvements and additions to the zoo. As a child we'd visit every Easter and enjoyed all the animals. I now bring my children and they love it just as much as I did. My favorite are the Lions and tigers. Such beautiful and majestic creatures.
  • We love the zoo! The animals seem happy and comfortable and are usually easy to view. It is pretty hilly, and usually pretty busy (so many strollers!). There are nice spots to picnic and also an area with rides you can purchase tickets for. We always have a nice time.
  • What a pleasant surprise! Oakland does not have the best reputation, and I figured that I might be disappointed. I was wrong. So wrong. The zoo is well-maintained, the animals were well cared for, and it was fin for both the adults and children. The California enclosures are currently being built, but you can take the gondola up to the top of the zoo property for a spectacular view. From the cafe you can see a HUGE section of the bay, including the ship yards, bridges, and the city below. It is a bit breezy up there to say the least, so make sure to bring a sweater on cooler days. The zoo is great for photographers, with both animals and beautiful gardens to capture. We did not have enough time to see everything, even though we were there for 3.5 hours. We pass through the area often and will definitely be back. San Francisco Zoo has some neat exhibits, but many of the buildings and habitats are closed and rotting away. SF Zoo is mostly flat, whereas the Oakland Zoo is carved into the side of a small mountain. I have mobility issues, and the hills wore me out, so plan some extra time to stop and rest along the way if you have difficulty walking or tire easily. This zoo reminded me a lot of the San Diego Zoo, albeit on a bit smaller scale.
  • Thank you for taking such good care of the animals. I know I can count on Oakland Zoo to keep my kids smiling. The animals always look happy. It's more like an animal sanctuary. I'm a vegetarian and I support Oakland Zoo. I know many vegans that do as well. They've added a new deli center at the top of the rise ride. It's a great cafe with healthy foods. There's a restroom up there as well. Upon entrance to the zoo there's a gift shop, bring a few extra dollars, support the animals and staff.
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