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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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Haven't been here in years!

Went with my cousin and her kids. Haven't been here since my kids where little. It has changed quite a bit but still has some of the stuff it used to have. But all the changes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Santa Clara, California
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Santa Clara, California
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252 reviews 252 reviews
108 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Went with my cousin and her kids. Haven't been here since my kids where little. It has changed quite a bit but still has some of the stuff it used to have. But all the changes are for sure very positive. The kids really had a blast and so did I. This is definitely a great time for the whole... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Yep. There's a zoo in SJ -- a day at Happy Hollow can't be beat. There is so much to see, just make sure everyone is ready for a great time outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A medium size of a theme park which combine with a small size of zoo, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has become a place where you must spending your time with family, especially if you have a kid. Because of the status of Silicon Valley, you will see many international people bring their family there during the weekend and even... More 

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San Jose, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Happy Hollow is a great place for families of all ages. The small zoo had a nice variety of animals, the playground is fabulous, the slides as fun and safe. The puppet shows are well done. If you are a senior, they have a once a month WALK DAY for free.

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San Jose, California
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11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The zoo is not a big zoo. It does not have any extremely exotic creatures but it has a wide spectrum of animals. It is a great place to visit for half a day. It won't require an entire day and is very family friendly.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

If you are under 8 years old you'll love Happy Hollow Zoo and park. The zoo is intimate but just right for kindergarten age kids and the rides and attractions next door in the amusement park are a lot of fun with short lines. Great value for money overall.

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

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Address: Address: 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-794-6400
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose

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