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Charles Paddock Zoo

#1 of 17 things to do in Atascadero Features Animals
9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
+1 805-461-5080
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Very Good

Lots of improvements have been made, and overall is a great atmosphere. Nice exhibits, summer camp... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Spencer H
Atascadero, California
via mobile
Small Town Zoo, Mostly Small Animals, But do Have a Tiger

We a little disappointed by the overall selection of animals, which for the most part are small... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2016
Rod B
San Jose, California
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  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
+1 805-461-5080
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of improvements have been made, and overall is a great atmosphere. Nice exhibits, summer camp programs look cool.

Thank Spencer H
Reviewed 4 July 2016

We a little disappointed by the overall selection of animals, which for the most part are small animals. However the grounds are nicely laid out, and well maintained, and the cages kept in good condition, and the animals look healthy and the habitats seem to...More

Thank Rod B
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This zoo was more fun for us than the Santa Barbara Zoo and much more affordable. Lots of animals I didn't know existed. The Tiger was beautiful.

Thank boomtownbuilder
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Always love coming here with my two young kids. The zoo is on the small side but large enough to hold their attention. It's reasonably priced and has a park right out side for the kids to go play at and have a picnic at...More

Thank Justin S
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Let's keep in mind this is located in Atascadero... got that? OK, for a small zoo, this is a nice experience. The cages are clean and the animals appear healthy and happy. They have some fun events at this zoo, and we checked out the...More

Thank atascat
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Perfect place to take the kiddos for a day. The zoo is just the perfect size for young and old, plenty of exhibits to keep a short attention spans busy, plenty of shade and park benches to rest at. Plenty to see in a few...More

Thank Angelinaxoxo89
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank snipcat
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Jedimasterkush
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank JeffKSLO
Reviewed 9 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.

Thank Ron R
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