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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Address: 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-794-6400
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Ranked #7 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Playgrounds, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area families since it opened its’ gates in 1961. It’s a unique combination of family rides, amusements, a Puppet Theater, play areas and an accredited Zoo with over 140 animals, from endangered lemurs to miniature horses. Year round classes are offered for ages 12 months to adults as well as special events for all seasons. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo offers yearly Memberships for families and individuals.

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San Jose
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Fun zoo. Lots to see and do. Great for younger kids. Food and souvenirs available for purchase. Rides included in price of admission. My two year old granddaughter loved it!

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Novato, California
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20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We've been here a couple times now and it's a great place for kids. It's got little rides, petting zoo, puppet shows and all kinds of animal interactions, all in a pristine park-like setting. There aren't a ton of animals, but for younger children it's a great experience.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We brought our 2 year old grandson here and he had a great time, although some of the play structures were a little too big for him. Optimum age would probably be 4-7. There are rides, slides and play equipment, farm animals, and wild animals. It is a smaller park--ideal for younger children. Bring quarters to buy animal feed in... More

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My father used to take my sister and I to Happy Hollow in the 1960s'. We have splendid memories. My husband and I like to go there now to visit the zoo, which has a wonderful collection, and is also small enough to wander through in an hour or two. Of course, one can linger at the petting zoo or... More

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San Jose, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I went here as a little kid and tell all my friends to bring their kids here! Such a great place! You can go for a couple hours to the whole day but the kids will be ready for nap time right after! They have a petting zoo, some shows, and a playground! It's a must for the little ones!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I went on the day when Seniors get in free to walk an hour before opening. It is beautiful and a lovely and fun place to walk. It would be a great place to take grandchildren or young nieces or nephews, except that the admission price is very expensive.

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New Mills, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Once you enter this play park/zoo the rides and entertainment is all included in your ticket, It's great for kids and helps to keep costs down by just paying one fee going in. The zoo is ok-a little small but well maintained and it's fun for the kids to see all the different animals. parking is €10 for the day... More

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Irvine, CA
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28 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

$12.95 a ticket that'll entertain your little ones ALL FREAKING DAY. Short lines for rides. Multiple playgrounds. Cute animals along the way. Everything geared to little tykes. Take THAT Disneyland and your $100/person tickets! Seriously, we visit the San Jose area once or twice a year and my 2 and 6-year-olds always want to come here and stay from opening... More

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Squamish, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised by this small, but well presented and well shaded zoo. Apart from the inexplicably non-free parking, the visit was delightful. Not an all day excursion, but certainly nice to spend a couple of hours. The animals are happy, but in small enough enclosures that you get much more interaction with them.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved this place as a kid & absolutely enjoy taking my daughter to it. Zoo area could be improved, but overall a great place for kids to explore & play.

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