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“Family Fun”

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Ranked #9 of 135 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
San Jose, California
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143 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Family Fun”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

I took my grand-daughter for a day at the park. She is almost 2 year old. We saw lots of children including a summer school group, but the park was not crowded. The price of admission includes all of the rides. We had fun at the petting zoo. Bring quarters to feed the goats, but be careful, as the goats hanging out by the feeding machines and can get fairly aggressive.
They is a puppet theater, dragon train, bug ride and more. It was a hot day, but there was plenty of shade. There is paid parking($10) just a short walk to the entrance. The park was clean and well maintained. There is food for sale at the park, but we brought a picnic. There were plenty of picnic tables and places to sit. It was a wonderful place for a family day out.

Visited August 2012
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San Ramon, CA
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“Perfect amusement park & zoo for 6 year olds and under”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

We went for a company sponsored event. The park rides are perfect for children ages 6 and under. Several interesting zoo animals that most will enjoy seeing. Very long wait for the child's roller coster, maybe 45 minutes.

Visited July 2012
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San Jose, California
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Small Zoo”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

This zoo was quite small, no lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, hippos or anything like that. Mostly small not so exotic animals. The one plus is that it has some kiddie rides that are included with admission. Otherwise, not sure it was worth the price.

Visited July 2012
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San Jose, California
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79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A great little ZOO”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

A well maintained ZOO – I went there with my friend and her 2 kids (10 & 8). We had a good time. One of the ZOO keepers who was feeding some animals stopped and answered lengthy questions from the two kids – I learned a lot too! The park also has a regular park “equipment” for kids when they want to take a break from the animals and play. It is a fairly large park. The admission is $12.95 for all from the age of 2 to 69... so, it can get pricey

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Skaneateles, New York
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great fun for the little kids!”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

The zoo portion of this park has limited but very interesting animals. It's large enough to be interesting, but small enough to navigate with a toddler. The rides and play area are perfect! Not too scary but loads of fun. There was even a delightful puppet show. It's a great spot for picnicing as well. My 3 year old grandson loved it! And so did I!

Visited July 2012
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