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Charles Paddock Zoo

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9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
+1 805-461-5080
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Great fun with the family!

Perfect place to take the kiddos for a day. The zoo is just the perfect size for young and old... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2016
Pasadena, California
A True Rural Gem!

The only reason I couldn't rate The Charles Paddock Zoo 5 out of 5 is because the animals sleep too... read more

Reviewed March 23, 2016
Atascadero, California
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9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
+1 805-461-5080
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Reviewed April 20, 2016

Perfect place to take the kiddos for a day. The zoo is just the perfect size for young and old, plenty of exhibits to keep a short attention spans busy, plenty of shade and park benches to rest at. Plenty to see in a few...More

Thank Angelinaxoxo89
Reviewed March 23, 2016

The only reason I couldn't rate The Charles Paddock Zoo 5 out of 5 is because the animals sleep too much-lol. This zoo is such a novelty in this small town, and the best zoo between SF and LA...ok, only zoo, but it's worth the...More

Thank snipcat
Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Visiting in town this weekend and took the little one to the zoo and the connecting park. This Zoo is not the National Zoo or the Los Angeles Zoo in size or stature. It's a little 5 acre gem that is easy to get in...More

Thank Jedimasterkush
Reviewed February 24, 2016

This is a terrific place to introduce a child to animals. It's very quiet for a zoo and easily walked. If you want to see hundreds of animals, this ISN'T the place; but if you want a nice one-two hour diversion to see and study...More

Thank JeffKSLO
Reviewed February 9, 2016

I took my grandkids to this zoo over the years. They all loved it. Specially the kids zoo. They fed the animals and just generally got loved back. (as they got loved) Grandkids are now taking my great-grandkids to the zoo. They also love it.

Thank Ron R
Reviewed February 8, 2016

The zoo is a special place in Atascadero. Founded by the Atascadero Lake Park ranger in the 1960s, it grew from a backyard project of wounded animals and an alligator in a batch tub to a modern small zoo with a great variety of animals.

Thank GLW1953
Reviewed December 2, 2015

We very much enjoyed our visit to Charles Paddock Zoo. I have visited a number of zoos this year. Its one of the smaller (I went to a tiny tiny one in Palo Alto earlier this year). It has lots of fun animals to see...More

Thank mini
Reviewed October 28, 2015

Yes, it is a small zoo but well cared for. The stuff was all very kind and happy to answer questions. It was not crowded at all, so you could watch animals without feeling rushed. It does have a small gift shop with zoo related...More

Thank grumpy943
Reviewed October 26, 2015

They have some unusual animals but The zoo is very small. The cost to get is priced right, but it is still nice to see the different animals.

Thank Lori G
Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

We expected a small zoo but did not expect it to be so small. There was only 1 set of bathrooms for the entire place. The animals seemed well taken cared of. Loved the King Vultures & Malayan Tigers.

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