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Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Road off Interstate 580, Oakland, CA 94605
510- 632-9525
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Ranked #7 of 47 attractions in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
Traveler Description: The Oakland Zoo is a great family/children's zoo. It's located in a nice hilly/tree area which has made a great habitat for the animals they have... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Zoos exist everywhere, and some are older, bigger or more well-known that the Oakland Zoo. However, few approach the quality and level of experience for those willing to do more than give a passing glance to the exhibits. Well-known in the animal welfare community for their work with rehabilitation, species preservation, research and concern for animal quality-of-life, the Oakland Zoo... More

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San Francisco Bay Area, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It's always a treat to visit the animals at the Oakland Zoo. They seem well-cared for and the staff are very informative. The signage is helpful. We also enjoy seeing the plants around the exhibits, and the picnic areas. If you have young children, the ride area is quite fun.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The zoo has come a long way from Effie the Elephant! Many exhibits recently brought up to date with plenty of room for animals to roam. There is an annual Christmas light show and other events. Parts are a bit hilly, but lots of options on paths. A zoo membership gets you into some other Bay Area museums.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Especially if you have smaller children, this is a great outing. Small zoo but with a great diversity of animals and very good spaces for the animals and animal viewing. This society does great conservation work as well. I highly recommend this for families or just a couple. It's a lovely place for a relaxing stroll. Additionally there are a... More

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Mountain View, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great place and plenty of animals around. Especially for little kids to know around real animals instead of TV or books. Just a little chilly since it's on the hil.l

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Sunnyvale, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just a decent zoo, not very big, very few species, and very few animals. Also the living for the animals looks unnatural. Around 2 hrs is sufficient to cover the entire zoo. Worth one time visit if you have kids and you live near by.

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Kent, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Took our family to the Oakland Zoo while visiting for business trip and was so glad we did. This zoo offers a wide variety of animals and enjoyed a nice family day. We will definitely go back when visiting In Oakland.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

The Oakland Zoo has a great facility and is well set up especially for children, with a wonderful education system, summercamps, and one of the best volunteer programs in the Bay Area. Many of the animals are rescued from intolerable living conditions and given a new life here. The tigers were all rescues and some have scarring on their noses... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I love the Oakland Zoo. It is large enough to give you a great mix of animals and environments, but small enough to comfortably walk it in a few hours. The entrance fee is very reasonable, and the food in the park is actually pretty good for a zoo. While it may not be as nice as say, the San... More

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I am from Oakland! Growing up zoo was not great, now is much improved! Plus my Oakland Zoo membership worth, I go to zoos about fifty times a year!

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