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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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Address: 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
Phone Number: +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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Great place for the kiddos- nicer petting zoo

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2015
M D
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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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Thank RafaelCFerreira
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

This is always the place where school children in the district go for outings. They can learn. And on a day where you do not have any place to go this is the place. They have rides, animals, shows etc..Children always have fun here and adults too...

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

A little overly-expensive unless you commit to some kind of season pass, then it's a great deal. The rides etc are perfect for toddlers up to adolescents. I have to complain a little bit about the zoo, some of the animals seemed highly distressed. Whatever reason there is, it's not nice to see animals visibly suffering.

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Thank R H
Carrollton, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

It is what it is. I grew up with Happy Hollow and loved it as a,child. As you get older and have been to some real zoos, it is mediocre. Best recommendation, great for children under 8, and combine it with a visit to the Japanese Friendship Gardens (formally the Japanese Tea Garden). Great way to wind down with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

It was a great place to visit. We wished there were more animals to see but that being said we enjoyed the carnival type rides and the animal presentations they had. There was a huge play structure that was really fun for our 11 year old to play on. We ate lunch at the zoo cafe and it was large... More 

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Thank makjms
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

This is such a great place for children of all ages. Rides, for younger children, really cute puppet show. Lots of things to climb on and enjoy, for younger kids. The zoo is small, but such a nice setting. Nice gift shop,and there is food available.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Fun day with kids. The goat area is my kids favorite - they can pet and brush goats as well as feed them. There is also a cow and donkey to feed. Fun! They did a makeover a couple years ago and brought in a mini roller coaster - which looks like lots of fun. The zoo is small but... More 

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