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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
408-794-6400
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Ranked #5 of 77 attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos, Playgrounds, Amusement/ Theme Parks
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... more » 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. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a great combination place. The zoo is a great size to get around in an afternoon. The recent remodel added lots of new child-focused areas. The park between the zoo and history museum is a lovely walk with a large pond. The history park exhibits early period buildings including a nice old-fashioned soda shop. Go on a hot... More

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San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Perfect place for the younger crowd, zoo, amusement park, garden and playground all rolled into one. A bit of a throwback to a quieter era - perfect for the under 10 age group. Toddlers love it!

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california
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a little tiny zoo and amusement park for children under 8 years old. It's small-time but can be a lot of fun.

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San Jose, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We recently took our 2-year old grandson to Happy Hollow for A 1/2 day visit. The park has been renovated and I hardly recognized it - updated and really clean. Bathrooms were very nice. The petting zoo was fun, although the goats were already full of pellets by noon. They have zoo animals, a carousel with beautiful animals, small rides... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

My 1 1/2 year old and I spent the day here and he loved it. There were plenty of rides and things to do for little kids. He loved the puppet shows and the carousel. When we came out of the zoo we just spent some time walking around the park outside the zoo until he was ready to go... More

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San Jose, CA
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wow, it sounds great. What did you like about it? visited with my 4 year old niece & nephew on a sunny sunday in january. They loved it as did my mom & sister. The park has been renovated & is so much for this age group. definitely recommend for a visit to san jose any little ones in the... More

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Riverbank, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Cute park for kids to play in, just not quite what I remember from my childhood. They have been working on re doing things, not sure how much more they have to go. I remember it having more of a whimsical feel to it. There is a zoo, petting zoo, carousel, small rides, playground and park area to roam in.... More

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

small zoo and park the kids will love it, the park is very pretty with alot of trees. great place to relax. as a nature lover I felt in love with these small zoo.alot of rides for the kids. if your in san jose why not visit here? even thou is small its worth checking out,the people at thezoo are... More

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Wellington
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27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We joined as members as living locally we only have to come 3 times in the year for it to pay off. This also reduces the pressure of having to stay "all day" to get your money's worth. Bring a packed lunch, come earlier for smaller queues at the rides. Next door to some great parks.

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a small amusement park with many rides and a petting zoo for small children. Since it next to a park , you can pinic so as to save some money.

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