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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

#8 of 136 things to do in San Jose Features Animals
1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
+1 408-794-6400
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Great for preschool kids!

This is a great park for preschool children. The rides are age appropriate and the petting zoo... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2017
San Jose, California
We didn't even make it to the zoo

Took the kids while my husband was in class on a business trip. The kids had so much fun in the... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Lynda B
Pine Mountain Club, California, United States
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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%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-2520
+1 408-794-6400
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

This is a great park for preschool children. The rides are age appropriate and the petting zoo area is terrific. The children love seeing and touching the animals. It is family friendly - you can bring snacks for your children without having to "hide" it.

Thank CATallteacher
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Took the kids while my husband was in class on a business trip. The kids had so much fun in the park section riding all the rides (the roller coaster was ridden off and on for 3 hours), watching the puppet show and all, that...More

Thank Lynda B
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We had a wonderful afternoon at the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. The target audience are families with younger kids. The park is exceptionally well maintained. The rides are great to keep your family entertained for 3 to 4 hours. Member of the Portland Zoo...More

1  Thank Florian H
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The zoo was shut due to flooding but the funfair was operating (and we got a $5 discount) and it's great for younger children. The place really hums for kids between 36" and 42" because a lot of the rides are geared to them. Highly...More

Thank Philip A
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is an amazing place very close to downtown San Jose. There are not as many animal as SF or Oakland zoo but it is still fun to spend a day. Rides for kids, shaded seating areas and the resturant serves breakfast and lunch.

Thank laurals2016
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This place is for very small children ages 2 to 6 and 6 year olds might be a bit old. The Place is not s ZOO, It has a few animals for the kids to see and pet. The price to get in is probably...More

2  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is a great place to spend the day with little kids. It is small, and old but the kids loved the rides and the animals. It is next to a big park that is great for picnics (even big groups).

Thank lori b
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I love this place. I grew up going to Happy Hollow Park with Danny the dragon ride. The park of course has changed much since I was a child. I have taken my two sons here multiple times. I love that the park and zoo...More

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We've been taking our grandkids here for several years. From age 2 to age 9 love it. There are rides, animals to see, animals to pet, grass to run around on, a fun house, climbing equipment, . . . Unusual animals include a Jaguar and...More

Thank rayjturner
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

OVERALL: Well maintained play and small zoo facility. Safe, intimate, shaded, updated play equipment, and family party areas; highlight this haven for small children ages 2-8. Facility is large and ornate enough to spark your child's play trigger but small enough for parents to navigate...More

Thank nc3042017
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Heather C
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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