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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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Address: 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
Phone Number: 408-794-6400
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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area...

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.

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The only zoos around San Jose.

A great place to take the kids when they need to get out close to home. Go in the afternoon when the animals are out. Kids petting area is cool for them. Also, they have kids... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jerry T
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Cupertino, California, United States
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San Jose, California
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good family get away, nice for hands- on small animal petting farm for children. wonderful koi pond in park area.

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San Jose
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has parking. Lot. Kind of a little walk to get to entrance. Has face painting. Has kids rides, has other kids stuff to play on. Has food court. Has animals to see can feed the goats. Has a puppet shows. Good for small children.

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Cupertino, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to take the kids when they need to get out close to home. Go in the afternoon when the animals are out. Kids petting area is cool for them. Also, they have kids rides and a pretty good cafe. They have a great Senior Safari where the admission is free during the summer.

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Sfakaki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free! cute petting zoo, good playground. kiddie rides. clean. safe. well-maintained. friendly staff. face painting. We have been there several times, and were delighted each time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of rude parents and grandparents. Cutting in food lines and ride lines. Adults let their kids run wild with no form of parental supervision. Lack of common decent courtesy.

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1 Thank PaulDaLine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I wish someone would had posted that it was more for little kids. If you have small children then this will be great for them. A lot of little kids rides. To us, there were not a lot of animals.

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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Think us adults had more fun then the younger kids did.. Great animal selection on display, with lots of educational information about the animals and where they are from, how they lived.. Lots of hands on things to do and see

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

One of the best, affordable places to take children 8 and under. Lots of playgrounds, rides, a zoo, and petting zoo. Lots of shade, and you can even bring your own food and have a picnic. They have a place you can buy food with lots of healthy choices. Love this place!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Happy Hollow is seriously cute for kids under 8. The new areas are well-designed and offer lots of exploration. I love that they kept many of the classic rides (Danny the Dragon), and the little zoo is still down the hill and included in the ticket price. Spent most of the day here and the kids left happy and tired!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Parking is plentiful but a bit expensive. Remember to ask about discounts on admission, including AAA. Zoo is somewhat small. Plenty of nice Kiddie Rides, which are included in the admission price. I would guess that the upper age limit is about 10.

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