Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose

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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose provides an affordable, sustainable, conservation-centered outdoor adventure for families with children. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is wholly owned and operated by the City of San José (www.csj.gov).
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  • We LOVE, love, love Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Actually, it's the very BEST zoo we've ever been to. It's lovely simply approaching the place from the parking. A creek, a bridge, magnificent trees, and...  more »
  • This is a small local zoo that you can take your kids to instead of driving to Oakland or San Francisco. Through this exposure, children can learn about a variety of species and have a great time by r...  more »
  • A perfect day with your younger children, with an animal zoo and an amusement park. Also a beautiful park area for walking, enjoying a large pond and having a picnic lunch.  more »
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  • Best for younger children, this is a small zoo with an array of rides (included in the admission price) and play areas. They have daily hands-on "animal encounter" sessions where zoo staff teach an audience about lizards, turtles, birds and even some beetles. Each session focuses on a specific creature and each one I've seen has kept the kids fascinated. They've also got an area with goats that you can feed with pellets you buy from small vending containers. Parking here is an additional charge and it's not in a convenient location for the light rail. They have public restrooms and offer some food items but their cafe selections are not very good, so you may prefer to bring your own lunch or snacks. They do allow outside food but no glass containers and no alcoholic beverages, and no large coolers.
  • First time visiting. ... we're from Florida and had a wonderful time. Super clean, fun for our children 1, 3, and 5. Great place to introduce children to amusement park rides. Surprisingly large place with distinct activities. ... huge slides on a fun wooden playground, rides, zoo, puppet show, etc. Thanks for keeping the place affordable, especially if you go on a senior safari day where seniors park and enter free between 9-10 am (went with my parents). Good family fun.
  • Received very unfair treatment from the control staff when some group cut in our waiting line. I told the staff that we came in first, but he responded like we didn’t declare our rights clearly! Yeah, very well! Your facilities are not THAT great and impressive that give your any prestige to insult your customers. This incident happened 1.5 years ago but the hurt still prevails and we haven’t returned there ever since.
  • Great place for kids 2 to 5. Every time we stay about 2 hours then back home. Lunch inside is really good , compare to other theme park.
  • Tons of fun for toddlers and young kids! Some rides have height restrictions so my 2 year old will have to wait. But taller 2 year olds might be tall enough. Not a giant Zoo. More of an smaller educational Zoo with lots of activities. Price isn't bad at all.

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