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Oakland Zoo

Address: 9777 Golf Links Road off Interstate 580, Oakland, CA 94605
Phone Number: 510- 632-9525
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Ranked #5 of 51 Activities in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: A 100-acre zoo that contains 58 exhibits of more than 400 native and exotic animals from around the...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: A 100-acre zoo that contains 58 exhibits of more than 400 native and exotic animals from around the world, which are represented by 100 different species.

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Castro Valley, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Our last trip to the zoo was for the lights over the holidays. It has become somewhat a family tradition. If you're going to see the animals the train and tram rides are both nice. The staff is always friendly and they appear to do a great job caring for the animals and exhibit areas.

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Merrillville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My visit to the Oakland Zoo was a good experience. All the animals were out and about, which is rare for many zoos. The scenery was full of pretty, green rolling hills. The zoo is not too small or too big, so it was easy to navigate. It wasn't too busy, so I could really see all the animals close... More 

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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

It's a decent zoo, but a bit small. Can see everything in an hour. Also for the kids, it can get boring pretty fast, for there is just not a lot to do. And to boot, if you want to enjoy the rides or the train, you actually have to leave the zoo and go into another section. Make sure... More 

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Tucson
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Fun place to visit, don't skip the aerial tram. Don't come hungry, food pretty bad. Good gift store.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Oakland Zoo is fantastic for children and adults (maybe more fun if you are with a curious child). The zoo is nicely laid out with meandering paths that accommodate toddlers and their gear. Volunteers roam the area giving information about the animals. I love that the animals have names!

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Sunnyvale, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Disclaimer: I grew up going to the San Diego Zoo and this is a completely different experience. That said, it's still fun and there are plenty of exhibits to keep you and the kiddos busy for an afternoon. The Zoo is much smaller than SD and the signs explaining the exhibits are lacking or limited and there are none for... More 

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Columbia, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

. . .Always a pleasure to visit here; a great environment for both the visitors & the animals. . .LOTS of families here on 12/14/14 and a great time had by us! Thanks for keeping the zoo clean & healthy!!!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Awesome going again this saturday.clean lot of fun my granddaughter loves the Cinderella area.the train ride was very fun enjoyed looking at the animals the food was a good price it's a whole package of fun at a good price people are nice staff is very knoligable

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This zoo is located in the Oakland hills overlooking the Bay Area. The views are fantastic, enclosures for animals are quite generous. One can take in as much as a visitor wants and feel satisfied. Grounds are great for picnicking, flying a kite, enjoying the East Bay's idyllic weather conditions.

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Millbrae, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Nice rolling hills. Animals actually seem happy here unlike the pacing ones at the SF Zoo. Not the biggest zoo, but definitely a nice afternoon.

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