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“so much fun”

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Ranked #9 of 137 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
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“so much fun”
Reviewed October 8, 2010

my kid loves happy hollow zoo.
here are some pros:

1. the petting zoo got the be the high light of her whole experience here. She loves horses and they got a cute pony here that she can actually touch and pet. They got goats, sheeps, donkey. The animals are affectionate and friendly. No child wants to leave this place.

2. happy hollow zoo is nearby. 15 minute driving from my home. we can visit whenver my kid would like to.

3. it is small and cozy. kids love it without burning off all the energy of the parents.

4. restrooms were clean and plentiful

5. rides are perfectly suitable for toddlers age range from 2-6. The carousel was beautiful! and Danny the Dragon Ride was very enjoyable. they got kiddie swing, frog hopper, granny bug, puppet theater

we highly recommend this place to anyone who has children between the age of 2-6.

3 Thank caterpilar-butterfly
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San Jose, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Park has been fully renovated”
Reviewed August 29, 2010

Happy Hollow has been fully renovated and reopened in 2010. Please disregard previous reviews - it really sucked before it closed! A little expensive - consider it a cover charge to keep the bad people out. Fun for ages 2 thru about 7 (my kid is 3 1/2 and adores the place). Go early as it fills up fast. Small zoo, petting zoo, rides and play area. Food is not bad, but no gourmet here and a little spendy. Good for 2 - 3 hours of entertainment. If you want a real zoo go to SF or Oakland, if you are looking for a real ride park go to Great America. We have a membership so we go at least monthly. If you are a member of your own local zoo, check for recprical memberships to get in for a discount.

6 Thank lovethezoo
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Alamo, California
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Part playground, part zoo, part amusement park...”
Reviewed July 31, 2010

I took my 2.5 year old daughter to the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo on a sunny day. She had a blast. I wasn't sure what exactly to expect but found it to be part playground, part zoo and part amusement park. They certainly have animals but not as many or as large at a larger zoo. There's a large variety of rides, one small roller coaster, a train, "granny bugs", a huge climbing and sliding area with slides made out of redwood trees - so cool, etc. The food is, of course, expensive - the options are typical (burgers, fries). We had a chicken sandwhich which was one of the healthier items on the menu. My daughter enjoyed the carousel immensly. A great thing about this attraction is that everything is included with admission so you don't have to pay extra for the carousel, etc. My only gripe is probably the $10 parking but it's a very clean, nice facility and it takes money to keep it that way!

5 Thank cagirlgoespa
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Georgetown, TX
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Welcomed Service Animals, fun for young children”
Reviewed June 25, 2010

As a person who travels with a service animal, it makes life so much easier when people truly welcome having a service dog in their business. We were met with friendly and enthusiastic workers. In accordance with the law, the service dog was welcome to participate on rides whch I wanted to ride. The facility was clean and a good place for the young crowd.

We didn't stay very long (did I mention we had a young one with us?), but got to see the meercats, lemur, jaguar, macaws, fossa, javelina, capybara, walaby, and muntjac to name a few. The person working in the capybara enclosure was friendly to the children, explaining what she was doing and why. The rides were kid friendly, and there were quite a few educational stops along the way.

For those of you who have children over 8, this may be a bit too tame for them... but for those of us who like a quiet day or who have young children who will enjoy the carousel, Danny the Dragon and investigating, I say go for it! I was a guest of someone else so did not notice the cost so can't report on this.

1 Thank LRS1962
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“It's Not $1”
Reviewed April 7, 2010

A letter we wrote the zoo:
Yesterday we visited your zoo which looked very appealing. To our dismay, the park is no longer $1 the 1st Tuesday as stated in an internet review & we were unprepared to pay the $12 per person, even down to 2 years old. "We cannot control what's on the Internet" responded your clerk. Though true, you can control your website where no mention of this change is found. Your home page, where visitors and tourists such as ourselves will view, would be the best place for this information.
Our day was almost ruined, as we were not prepared to pay $60 for a day at a zoo with few animals compared to the SF Zoo. With pricing more reasonable we will choose their zoo instead.

12 Thank MontanaOnTheGo
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