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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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Address: 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
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+1 408-794-6400
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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area...

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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It is fun!

It is a small one, but very appealing to kids. The admission includes all the rides, which is great. Feeding horses and goats was a fun thing. We enjoyed our time.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2015
Mona E
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

It is a small one, but very appealing to kids. The admission includes all the rides, which is great. Feeding horses and goats was a fun thing. We enjoyed our time.

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Thank Mona E
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Happy Hollow is a local favorite for those with children. The zoo was redone a few years ago and the improvements have really made a difference! The park is well-maintained, always clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The new café offers a variety of snacks and food options. You can have salad, yogurt with granola and fruit,... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Animals to look at, things to climb, things to ride and play on, what more would a child want. There are picnic areas, a shop, and room to let off a lot of energy. I went here as a kid, even having some birthday parties here and I have very fond memories. I was just back here a few weeks... More 

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

Met the grandkids here after not seeing the place for many years. A great surprise with rides for smaller kids,a good lunch place with some healthy choices and best of all many many huge shade trees! This is a wonderful place for kids to spend the day. It is enclosed and safe. The staff friendly to all ages. Yes, it's... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

If you live close by make sure and you have kids under 5 you get the annual pass. You'll save if you just visit it 3/year. We love the farm animals and the rides. I'm not sure if the other animals are so happy there but the kids love Happy Hollow.

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Thank Johanna864269
San Jose, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

1) costly parking. 2) very good rides. 3) zoo is not that great, very few animals. In all not a great zoo but good entertainment for kids.

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Thank Chiloo-Chilee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We have the annual memberships here. We go to the petting zoo often so wish the parking was discounted for annual pass holders. The cafe inside could be better with the range of food being offered. Rides are great for the kiddos. Medium sized place which is perfect for small kiddos.

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Thank M D
Santa Cruz, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

I took my grandchildren there, paid $10 for parking and when we returned to the car it had been broken in to and ransacked. There was nothing to steal but there was broken glass everywhere. All over the kids' car seats. I called the park and they didn't even bother to come out and check the damage or help clean... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

My wife and I took our granddaughter there 2 weeks ago. I haven't been there since my kids were young. They have redone the place and it looks fantastic.

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Thank Harlan2014
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Several co-workers recommended Happy Hollow and I decided to visit and it's nice indeed! You'll spend about 6 hours on the part if you kids like to play on the playground. The animals are not the nice part of the park, I was expecting more, but the overall is good.

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