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Oakland Zoo

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Address: 9777 Golf Links Road off Interstate 580, Oakland, CA 94605
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+1 510-632-9525
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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We love this zoo!

We love this zoo. It is clean, not usually very packed. The animals look healthy and happy. The food could use some upgrading and healthier options.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Veronica J
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San Jose
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San Jose
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this zoo. It is clean, not usually very packed. The animals look healthy and happy. The food could use some upgrading and healthier options.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice location and selection. Easy access. Hard to see some of the animals through scenes and displays but overall kids seem to enjoy it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is a local favorite, much better than the San Francisco Zoo. There are lots of cool exhibits, good food, pressed penny machines, rides, and more! Make sure to go on the gondola ride and check out the lions from above. It's a nice way to cross the park without having to be on your feet all day.

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Thank Gra C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this last time on Mother's Day 2014, because they let in m mothers for free. What a lot of fun. Visitors are constantly being reminded not to make too much noise or stress the animals. Great animals too -- a huge number of giraffes, among others. And a train ride.

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Stockport, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great place. Cable car at extra costbbut well worth it. Cafe gets very busy at lunch times. Quite hilly for walking. Train ride excellent but you have to Queue. Eating areas for picnics. Small fairground with rides for young and old.. Childrens petting area id great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Oakland zoo a few years ago. This zoo is very small and beautiful. The children loved it!

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many of the animal exhibits have been updated over the years to improve the animals' habitat. The lions, elephants, tigers, otters, sun bears, and alligators all have areas that allow them to roam a bit and enjoy the outdoors. The baboons recently received an updated habitat, and several new exhibits are being built for native California animals on the new... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this zoo on in the past but this most recent visit was a bit disappointing due to the fact that there's is a section under construction which made some areas like the American bison inaccessible to the public. It is a good zoo to visit if one is pressed for time as the walks between each section is not... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I personally do not enjoy zoos but having grandchildren who do I have been on several occasions This is one of the best the animals are well cared for and have plenty of room to move around It is large and beautiful and there are trains to take you around if you want

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Oakland Zoo has come such a long way since I was a child and would go with my family. I have visited twice now in the last 6 months and they have done such a nice job improving it and continuing to improve it!! They are opening up a new interpretive center in 2018 which looks like it will... More 

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