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Charles Paddock Zoo

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Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
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A True Rural Gem!

The only reason I couldn't rate The Charles Paddock Zoo 5 out of 5 is because the animals sleep too much-lol. This zoo is such a novelty in this small town, and the best zoo... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 March 2016
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Atascadero, California
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Atascadero, California
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

The only reason I couldn't rate The Charles Paddock Zoo 5 out of 5 is because the animals sleep too much-lol. This zoo is such a novelty in this small town, and the best zoo between SF and LA...ok, only zoo, but it's worth the time to stop and enjoy. Great setting, fun animals, nice gift shop, check it out!

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Ventura
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Visiting in town this weekend and took the little one to the zoo and the connecting park. This Zoo is not the National Zoo or the Los Angeles Zoo in size or stature. It's a little 5 acre gem that is easy to get in and out of and charges a reasonable $7.00 dollar entrance fee. I must say they... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

This is a terrific place to introduce a child to animals. It's very quiet for a zoo and easily walked. If you want to see hundreds of animals, this ISN'T the place; but if you want a nice one-two hour diversion to see and study a few well-kept animals, you will probably enjoy this little zoo. I went during the... More 

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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

I took my grandkids to this zoo over the years. They all loved it. Specially the kids zoo. They fed the animals and just generally got loved back. (as they got loved) Grandkids are now taking my great-grandkids to the zoo. They also love it.

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Thank Ron R
Atascadero, California
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The zoo is a special place in Atascadero. Founded by the Atascadero Lake Park ranger in the 1960s, it grew from a backyard project of wounded animals and an alligator in a batch tub to a modern small zoo with a great variety of animals.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

We very much enjoyed our visit to Charles Paddock Zoo. I have visited a number of zoos this year. Its one of the smaller (I went to a tiny tiny one in Palo Alto earlier this year). It has lots of fun animals to see for being such a small zoo. The tiger was making noises. The Jacob Sheep intrigued... More 

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Orange County, California
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Yes, it is a small zoo but well cared for. The stuff was all very kind and happy to answer questions. It was not crowded at all, so you could watch animals without feeling rushed. It does have a small gift shop with zoo related items. Nice place to spend 15-30 minutes and then you can move on to the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

They have some unusual animals but The zoo is very small. The cost to get is priced right, but it is still nice to see the different animals.

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

We expected a small zoo but did not expect it to be so small. There was only 1 set of bathrooms for the entire place. The animals seemed well taken cared of. Loved the King Vultures & Malayan Tigers.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is a small but very fun little zoo. It is within the park so take a picnic and enjoy the afternoon and visit the animals.

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