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Charles Paddock Zoo

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Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
Phone Number: +1 805-461-5080
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Small Town Zoo

For being as small as it is, they have a good selection of animals. The walk through bird aviary is neat along with the red panda. The tiger is cool when you can see him but he's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Haykmo
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Atascadero, California
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Atascadero, California
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For being as small as it is, they have a good selection of animals. The walk through bird aviary is neat along with the red panda. The tiger is cool when you can see him but he's off sleeping a lot. The park surrounding the zoo is also great for taking the kids to the playground or just relaxing in... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice zoo to visit with exhibits that get updated on a regular basis. The Ice cream fundraiser event is well worth the extra cost to get into the zoo. All the ice cream you can eat and more than 10 flavors to choose from.

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

For less than $10, this charming small collection of animals was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. From Macaws to giant Tortoises you can walk through slowly and see the animals up close. No competition to the he Bronx Zoo but as a small, local collection it is nicely presented.

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Small walk through area with 6-7 total outdoor animal enclosures/habitats. It is attached to a larger park and green space.

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London, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Charles Paddock Zoo is very small, which means you get round it very quickly, there aren’t that many animals and the enclosures are a bit on the tight side. None of that’s a great problem, as we weren’t expecting something to rival San Diego, and it was a pleasant enough experience, but, in hindsight, and as people with lots of... More 

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Thank LDN_2009
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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a wonderful zoo that is located a ways from other zoos. They have several special animals and the zoo size is nice for a few hours of viewing. The zoo is located in a park, so a family can make a day of the visit. This attraction was a special treat as the wife and I stopped in... More 

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Atascadero, California
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Being a local we have seen the zoo go through a lot of renovations and today it is a beautiful place to visit.

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Atascadero, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I love this zoo! It's not large and it doesn't take all day to go through it. I buy the annual family pass and enjoy just walking through it periodically. For a small zoo, they have a fair selection of animals including a tiger. Great for kids. The smaller crowds allow them to get up close access to the exhibits... More 

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bay area
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Relaxing non rushed experience there with less crowd and unique animals. You can cover the entire zoo in less than 45 mins so this is good and bad depending on what you are looking for. The animals are accessible more closer so great option to show it to kids. Few animals like Red panda, alpaca, lemurs, Wallaby, Emu, unique monkeys,... More 

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Long Beach, California
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

What a great little zoo. With exception to the front desk staff, the staff were friendly, explaining feeding procedures, animal habits, and allowing my children to pick places to put food for the Fossa in its enclosure. To clarify, my kids were on the outside of the enclosure, the staff was on the inside. The Red Pandas are THE definition... More 

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