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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
+1 408-794-6400
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Not enough animals! Terrible conditions. Extremely dirty. Lack of maintenance I used to take my... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dania F
Amusement Park AND Zoo for Kids!

I think I was there in 2016 sometime the last time I went, or maybe the year before that (2015... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alexis K
San Jose, California
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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.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
+1 408-794-6400
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Reviewed yesterday

Not enough animals! Terrible conditions. Extremely dirty. Lack of maintenance I used to take my son, now 32, to visit this small zoo. It was a wonderful experience. Now, when we are taking our grandson, was a totally different experience. Parking is $10 and very...More

Thank Dania F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think I was there in 2016 sometime the last time I went, or maybe the year before that (2015), can't remember... But my nephews love going here because they get to go on rides AND see animals and pet some of them! And you...More

Thank Alexis K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great day trip for young kids 0-10 I'd say. My child is not 13, and we have went about a year ago. She still had fun, but not like when she was younger. There's lots to do (animals, rides, puppet show, food...More

Thank CatCat08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a tremendous amount that families and especially kids can enjoy including rides. Heck some of the rides the adults love. This zoo has grown from yr to yr and continues to get more animals. They even have a bee area and collect the...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy Hollow is far larger than we expected. We spent 4 hours there and probably could have made it 6, or returned another day. The rides are fun, mostly for smaller kids but there is a roller coaster that should be exciting for 10 year...More

Thank MikeTA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here with several kids (4,7 and 9) -for the 4 year old it was fantastic but the rides were pretty tame for the 7 and 9 year old. The animals were an interesting collection of mostly Californian/North American native creatures and seemed well...More

Thank AnnaCM
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for families with kids, but I went alone and also enjoyed myself. It's small, but settled on a beautiful piece of land. Parking was pretty steep, but I was able to get a discount on admission to the zoo itself...More

Thank Stacy A
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were visiting San Jose from Los Angeles and found this place on Yelp. It was fantastic!! It was like a mini Disneyland/Zoo wrapped into one. My kids age 5 and 10 absolutely loved it. There was plenty to see and do - we spend...More

Thank Season S
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Lots of rides and things to do especially for younger children, reasonably priced to get in and we stayed for about four hours. Food let it down the food area was quite messy and food was quite highly priced for what you get.

Thank Motherofthreegirls3
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Love this place for little ones under the age of 8-9. It is so family friendly and has the best little zoo for littles. Love the petting zoo with the goats and the barn animals are terrific. The rides are geared for young children and...More

Thank CaliforniaMaryLouise
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Heather C
2 September 2016|
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Response from PNut_Trip | Reviewed this property |
Basing my best guess off of this calendar of operations from their website: Jan 1, 2017 falls on a Sunday. They are open almost every Sunday with only a couple exceptions (like Christmas). They were also not closed on Jan... More