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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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Address: 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-794-6400
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Description: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area families...
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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Great park setting with a small scale zoo

In my opinion, this zoo is best targeted for ages 2 to 5. The zoo portion is small and quaint. The park is awesome. The park is clean and beautiful. The birthday parties that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

In my opinion, this zoo is best targeted for ages 2 to 5. The zoo portion is small and quaint. The park is awesome. The park is clean and beautiful. The birthday parties that We have attend are absolutely fun! The staff seems very friendly and well organized. My daughter love the zoo when she was younger but as she... More 

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Nipomo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Somewhat quaint and beautiful. Nice place to relax with the kids. Surrounded by beautiful grounds. Economical. Nice change from the huge zoos like in SF or San Diego.

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San Jose, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is a nice place for small children for a day outing. Pack a lunch, bring snacks or buy there. Admission is a little high, so plan on staying the whole day to get your moneys' worth. Ride Pete's dragon, see a puppet show You can reserve an area an have your child's birthday party. Young kids really enjoy this... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I had seen other people's reviews saying it was a great place for little kids. I don't have children, and was going alone, so I wasn't expecting a lot. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much there was to see. I spend around 4 hours just at the zoo; I never got into the rest of the park. Part... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I love taking my nieces and nephews to Happy Hollow. There are many activities for kids of all ages. Rides, petting zoo, train ride and, puppet show are the main features. Lots of shade and places to sit. Good place to have a bday party too.

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San Jose, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A decent venue since they rennovated but doesn't seem to hold enough to hold the interest of my 9 year old. Great for a 7 year old for the rides and the playstructure though. Call me selfish but I wish the animals were a bit more active during the day as well - most are sleeping or huddled up in... More 

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San Fernando, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went to San Jose and watched my two 17 month old twin children while mom and dad were at a wedding. The park had a fair selection of rides and entertainment for my young grandchildren. This is a place where I could have packed a great lunch brought a blanket and it an all day experience. I would return again... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My grand-boys came to visit Grandma! I took them to Happy Hollow for the day!! they really like it! happy Hollow has rides, a petting zoo, and kids park!! i would recommend taking kids to this amusement park!!! R. Black

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I think this park is mostly geared towards families with small children. All of the little "attraction" rides are very short and would not be of interest to older children. We have 3 children- 3, 5, and 8 and the 8 year old is getting quite bored with the park. The animal exhibits are nice, and the kids seem to... More 

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San Jose, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a really nice little zoo. They have some unique animals. The carousel is awesome. Food is pricey and not all that good, but you can picnic. It's always very clean and well maintained. Well worth a visit

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