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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
408-794-6400
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Ranked #6 of 82 Attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I visited with an 18-month old and 6 month old over Labor Day weekend. Plenty of parking and not too crowded inside. The lines to purchase entrance tickets were slow, and a few rides were closed. Otherwise, the visit was great. It was a hot, sunny day but there were plenty of shady places to stop and rest. Best not... More

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main line, pa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Please note Happy Hollow is not Disney or great America. In fact, it appears the park makes every effort to stay subdued and quaint. Visited with Tweens and they enjoyed the zoo and watching younger kids have a blast. The park is immaculate, updated and not too pricey. Make sure to visit zoo section in the meeting as this is... More

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Los Gatos, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My daughter went to all of the kids summer camps over the years, this year it was Animal Vet camp. She loved them all. We also visited the zoo and adjacent Koi ponds all in all a great time.

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Italian in California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I have been going to Happy Hollow with my kids of various age for over 10 years and have been a member for many years. Since the renovation (after a one year closure) the city of San jose increased dramatically the price for membership, moving from a "per family" to a "per person (adult or child)" pricing. Of course this... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is not the San Diego zoo but it is well maintained and very enjoyable for what it is. We have walked our grandchildren through it several times and they have found something new to see each time.To us, zoos are best seen through the eyes of children.

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