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Oakland Zoo

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Address: 9777 Golf Links Road off Interstate 580, Oakland, CA 94605
Phone Number: +1 510-632-9525
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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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A great outing with children

I accompanied my son, his wife and their one year old. It's much larger than I remember it when I took my son thirty years ago. There is much more room for the animals. Watching... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Foster City, California
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went there with my family on Thanksgiving holidays; was OK, in my opinion it needs a little bit more organization and some renovations. Staff is OK, animals have good & nice space, We loved the girafes & otters.

Thank cretika
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I accompanied my son, his wife and their one year old. It's much larger than I remember it when I took my son thirty years ago. There is much more room for the animals. Watching children and their parents becoming excited about the animals is as enjoyable as observing the animals themselves. Definitely include this in your young children's lives.

Thank bmac1260
western NY
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74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We rode the "ski lift" and everyone loved it - from 5-65! The zoo is a manageable size and well kept. They have a small amusement park near the entrance. You should note that you do not have to enter and pay to avail yourself of the rides. Our 5 year old had so much fun we almost didn't have... More 

Thank imw
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8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first visit to a zoo in California, since it was Oakland zoo I expected it to be unclean and not impressive, but it was a pleasant surprise and I would consider revisiting when the new cable car is built. However I think that for $40 for two adults (excluding $10 parking and then the rides are extra)... More 

Thank SophieAColumba
Lake Tahoe, United States
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good exhibits and nice layout make it feel much bigger. Will take several hours to see it all. Big cats are a highlight as well as the plant life and grounds. Can get busy on a weekend. Pro tip: Get a membership to avert the line!

Thank Adam H
Oakland, California
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Oakland Zoo is great, for a zoo. It is a really well spent 2-3 hours with kids who want to see live animals. I prefer it to the San Francisco zoo as it is far less sad. Still sad, because it is a zoo, but less sad. Animals have what seems like a lot of space, for a zoo.

Thank lecollye
San Francisco, California
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154 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I heard this one was one of the best zoos in the country, so i finally made it over after living in San Francisco for 10 years. It has two entrances, so beware of that or you might get lost...... It's very hilly and it's showing it's age a bit..... Enclosures are a bit old but the animals seem very... More 

Thank José P
Tomah, Wisconsin
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103 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The zoo was alright. I think it would have been more exciting for children; there is a children's area. The cost is alright; actually surprisingly cheap for the area. The staff wandered around aimlessly like they were all on a constant break. The layout was a bit disjointed. The exhibits did allow for good visibility.

Thank Nathan D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I love theOakland Zoo..The animals are playful and seem very happy and the landscape is beautiful ❤️

Thank Mich9731
Houston, Texas
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135 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Cost - $9 parking (per car), $17 adult entry plus if you do the short train ride to the Australian animals another $1.75. There was a sky ride which was shut when I was there, not sure if that costs more. Food - a family of 4 were on from of me. They spent about $50 for fast food (burgers,... More 

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