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Oakland Zoo

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Address: 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605-4925
Phone Number: 510- 632-9525
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A 100-acre zoo that contains 58 exhibits of more than 400 native and exotic...

A 100-acre zoo that contains 58 exhibits of more than 400 native and exotic animals from around the world, which are represented by 100 different species.

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Pretty good zoo, only go there with a car

When I first moved to Oakland, I thought I could take public transit there. I had just moved from San Francisco where you can bike to the zoo. Well... don't do it. I got off the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jacqueline B
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When I first moved to Oakland, I thought I could take public transit there. I had just moved from San Francisco where you can bike to the zoo. Well... don't do it. I got off the BART and I had to transfer to a bus and it's located at one of those intersections that has no sidewalks for pedestrians and... More 

Thank Jacqueline B
Indian Wells, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took grandchildren ages 7 and 10. Zoo clean, easy to navigate, interesting animals. Monkeys and giraffes rated high. Many unusual species. Train ride and children carnival rides. Food is OK, pricy as expected. The large open areas for big animals were well tended, and helpful docents were present to answer questions. Educational for kids. Building a new gondola lift up... More 

Thank Jan B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Zoo with grandson 2 1/2 yo. A wonderful afternoon with a good selection of animals on display in good settings and excellent viewing. Loved the Baboons and Tiger display. Has a petting zoo that the younger children love, giving them a hands on experience. There is a fun amusement park for the younger children and the young at... More 

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Martinez, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We own a membership to the Oakland Zoo and it is well worth the money. Living on the other side of the Caldecott Tunnel from Oakland, it's nice to get a break from the heat and walk around this well maintained zoo. The amount of animals may be smaller than that offered in San Francisco, but the enclosures are usually... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our grandchildren for a few hours and we were all thoroughly entertained by the exhibits and the animals. This zoo is very innovative and it is small enough to get through the whole zoo in a few hours. We rode the gondola (the cars can hold 3 people) and that gave a different view of the animals -... More 

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Oakland, California
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oakland Zoo is just the right size for families with preteen kids: not too big, lost of interesting animals, and 10 or so rides including a train ride around the park. Most to the animals are easily observable and the signage is good. The park personal - mostly volunteers - are great. Highly recommended.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are some zoos that are real destinations... San Diego, St. Louis, Lincoln Park are examples that come immediately to mind. Oakland zoo is a small local zoo...not necessarily worth a trip for visitors from elsewhere but a great resource for local people. I was particularly impressed with the open air primate exhibits, the monkeys were really having a great... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'd heard this zoo was better than the SF Zoo - which I was very impressed with. I have to disagree. The enclosures were unkempt and overgrown. It made it hard to see the animals at times and the feeling of neglect made me sad for the inhabitants. The lay out made it easy to miss some enclosures and the... More 

Thank Caitlyn C
Dublin, California
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my two year old with friends and their kids of age ranging between 2-12. Many exhibits seemed unoccupied- lemurs, coyotes and alligator- to name a few. There are some step slopes which makes pushing strollers difficulty and carrying a toddler even more so. There are plenty food stands scattered around the premises which makes it easy to grab and... More 

Thank Ninaad D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just went today with family, they have 3 new Lions that are active playing with the ball and the kids love it. The Elephant had his own morning routine( u know :) ) We been a member two yrs and this is a special day coz the LION was playful unlike other months, its hiding in the shade,. FUN FUN... More 

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