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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 48 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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Los Gatos, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The zoo isn't big, it's decent. My Kid had lots of fun though not with the animals with the rides they have. The staff are not friendly. it seems they have lots of ego. If you live nearby or if you haven't visited this place it's worth visiting.

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Oakland, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

nice exhibits, manageable in one day the rides are at the end, slightly separate--makes it easy to limit or eliminate two entrances-top and bottom-give variety. Bottom entrance starts at the kids' zoo attractions (petting zoo, play structures, other items just for the shorter set) Teen docents work on Sat/Sun and interact with families, adding educational element

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
2 reviews
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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