Oakland Zoo
Oakland Zoo
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Oakland Zoo was established in 1922 and is managed by the Conservation Society of California, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife both locally and globally. The Zoo is home to over 850 native and exotic animals. We're recognized for our outstanding animal care, particularly our elephant care program, and for our Leed-certified, 17,000 square foot, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital—the largest wild animal veterinary facility in Northern California. June 2018 introduced Oakland Zoo guests to an entirely new experience, California Trail, a monumental expansion furthering our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state’s remarkable native wildlife—both past and present.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kyle_10
Modesto, CA111 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This was our first time going to Oakland zoo. We’ve been to Fresno numerous times (also nice) and Sacramento once (average) and we were very pleasantly surprised at how nice and large Oakland zoo is.

Our friends told us they added the upper part of the zoo somewhat recently. You access it via a free gondola ride which is very nice and we could see Oakland and San Francisco clearly on the day we attended. The upper portion of the zoo has a lot of American west animals such as bears, bison, mountain lion, condors, bald eagles, wolves etc. The lower section has your African and Asian animals. They have giraffes, elephants, lions, hyenas, etc. Don’t remember seeing a rhino or hippo but otherwise they had most of the animals you would expect to see.

Also there is an area with some rides for kids that was reasonably priced. Our daughter rode the carousel once.

We went for free due to our friends being members but when we checked online for pricing it seemed reasonable. Around $20 I think.
Written May 10, 2022
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sunjoe075
Princeton, NJ1,511 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Great day trip. Very manageable size of the zoo. Newly added gondola ride is excellent and rides are included in the admission price. The otter aquarium is nicely arranged that kids can have a very close encounter with the lively otters. The day we were there, the bears at the top on the mountain had a playful fight which entertained the kids a lot. The food at the cafe at the top of the gondola ride actually taste pretty good for these type of venues. But the seatings are limited. The out door section is too for this time of the year. Make sure you dress warm. We also enjoyed the train rides at the amusement park next door. Attached are pic of a pack of wolf.

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Written May 1, 2021
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Di J
Pittsburg, CA186 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
It can’t compare with top zoos like San Diego zoo or Omaha zoo but it’s the best zoo in the Bay Area. It’s not very big. A couple of hours you can finish everything. The newly opened California area is great. Well designed and spacious. Overall the zoo has great enrichments for the animals even though the zoo is old.
Written March 7, 2020
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mabel j
Arcadia, CA115 contributions
Feb 2020
Adventure Landing rides just outside the zoo gets a 1 rating for value and maintenance. the Oakland Zoo gets a 3.5 rating.

we took our 2 five-years-old twin grandchildren to the Oakland Zoo and they went to do rides in Adventure Landing because we had to leave the zoo to catch the shuttle to California Trail (gondolas were not running). the rides were $1.75 per ticket. being under 42", our grandchildren had to be accompanied each by an adult. consequently, a ride on the carousel costing 2 tickets per person quickly became an 8 tickets affair resulting in $7 per child. LA zoo charges $3 per child and an adult goes for free. we also had to wait in line for more than 10 minutes for the airplane ride because there was only 1 person running 3 rides (roller coaster, safari jeep and airplane). the grounds were uneven and untidy.

the Oakland Zoo, although small, had open spacious exhibits especially the African savanna where one can see the giraffes clearly. we did not see many animals on the California Trail besides one lion, one jaguar, one condor and 4 grizzles. the grandchildren enjoyed the small play area with slide and zipline. the trail walk was pleasant with views of Oakland and Bay.

we recommend Oakland Zoo but not Adventure Landing.
Written February 3, 2020
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James
Stockton, CA1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Couples
I visited the zoo I was very disappointed I kept seeing empty enclosures no grey wolf, no bears,no jaguars no mountain lion, no camels. Do they really have these animals? I didn’t see them should have asked for a refund. I didn’t pay to see empty enclosures. Very disappointed.
Written August 16, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,723 contributions
Jan 2022
We became members when the Zoo was in trouble early during the pandemic, and we just never got around to going to the Zoo. Well we went today and it was lovely and sweet. It's a small zoo with an emphasis on African life. But there is also a California Trail with California animals, but access with the gondolas was closed due to high winds. Very nice landscaping. Great family place. Bring your own food.
Written January 22, 2022
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Lynne A
Los Angeles, CA1,788 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
I love the zoo especially the new wing up in the Oakland hills with views of San Francisco, Oakland, the Oakland airport and the bay. All the animals have such large and spacious enclosures. Do not miss the gondola ride to the North American exhibit, especially the condors and the Grizzly bears.
Written November 13, 2020
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Thanks for the review!
Written April 13, 2021
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Juniper
Salinas, CA17 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This was my first trip to the Oakland zoo. And already I liked it better than the San Francisco zoo. You still have to wear you mask unless your dining. I loved see all the animals. And the gondola makes the zoo extra special because of the views. Oakland has the best views of the entire bay. You can see everything. My only complaint about the zoo is the food. Of your able to eat real food before you get there, by all means do it. They have a kids chicken tender meal for $8 and it is literally one giant chicken tender and it is very bland. The peanut butter and jelly meal is just a pre-packaged smuckers on & j. If you decide to get burgers just know they are pre made and ice cold. If you like sauce, I would recommend asking for it on the side. Because it’s a glob of sauce if you don’t. Overall my family had a wonderful time, we just wish we didn’t eat the food. If you have to eat just stick to water and snacks. Don’t order the burgers or chicken tender meal.
Written May 9, 2021
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Written May 10, 2021
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stejoa306
Saint Louis, MO23 contributions
Dec 2021
The zoo is located on a hillside and has a number of open field exhibits for the animals to wander around. The cable car ride to the top area is very unique. Not sure of the price value for admission since we were guests of other family. Appears to have a large amount of land for future expansion.
Written December 28, 2021
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Edward V
Brentwood, CA477 contributions
Dec 2021
We took our grandkids for the afternoon and we had a great time. Kids were 9 and 11 so we skipped some of the children's area. Make sure you make time to ride the gondola up to the upper area. Nice exhibits and amazing views, plus a place to get food. A place for kids to do a scavenger hunt at the little nature center up there. The animals looked nice and the park was clean. At the upper entrance there are a few kids rides, a train, kiddie rides, merry go round, and a chair ride which I like more than I though I would. It takes you over a good part of the park with views only from the ride. Good day, I think you can pay for parking and admission ahead of time, gives you a chance to park nearer to the 2 entrances. Loved it. Thank you Oakland Zoo.
Written December 5, 2021
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Oakland Zoo - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)