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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 #4 of 140 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Playgrounds, Amusement & theme parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Amusement Parks, Outdoor Activities, Fun & Games
Owner description: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area families since it opened its’ gates...
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Type: Playgrounds, Amusement & theme parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Amusement Parks, Outdoor Activities, Fun & Games
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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Happy Hollow has been around for many years. It gets crowded in the summer, but the rides are great for kids, the animals are ok, and the play area/picnic area is a great place to take kids or school groups on a weekend day.

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I took my children to Happy Hollow many years ago and now I go with my grandchildren. It's a very special place for young children. There aren't many of those. I still miss Frontier Village! The rides are suited to young children, the petting zoo is very nice and the whole place is clean.

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San Jose, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Happy Hollow was renovated a few years ago. This is a wonderful place for families. This great for kids of all ages. An area with rides, an area for picnics, an area for zoo. The café is very good and quite reasonably priced.

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San Jose, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

took granddaughter , enjoyed the zoo lovedSophia the redwood area lots of fun the rides were a lot of fun . enjoyed the sand area also

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to take toddlers and young children. They have small rides, a puppet theater, a small zoo, petting zoo, and a great playground. All of my kids love it. It can get crowded on weekends and holidays, and parking is expensive. There is a southern parking lot that is less expensive, but you have to walk... More 

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usa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

very nice park and zoo for young kids, especially the petting zoo... A lot of space for kids to run around and play house for them to explore

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Bangkok, Thailand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We went without any expectations, but this place was wonderful, a small child's fun paradise with multiple interesting play structures, amusement park rides, and (some) animals. Everything is beautifully maintained and clean. Maybe because it's wintertime, but even on a Sunday afternoon it wasn't too crowded and we could get in most rides with minimal waiting. My 4- and 6-y.o.s... More 

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Coarsegold, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

For a small park, my grand kids loved it and especially liked to ride the open train around the park, as well as most of the other rides. The zoo was small, but the animals seemed well cared for, and some of the rides in the park section could stand to be upgraded with newer model cars and planes, etc.... More 

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San Jose, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The price is fair. There are plenty of domestic animals for kids to see and learn about. The cafe has good options for families. We loved the puppet show and family-friendly rides. It is the perfect day out with the kids, combining education and fun. I love this place!

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

This is where my kids took their first roller coaster ride! They still remember it after some years. The place is very well designed for small children and outside gatherings. Bring your whole family!

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