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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

#9 of 137 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 place to visit for families with young children - educational and fun

My personal reason for visiting (as a roller coaster enthusiast) was to ride the Pacific Fruit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lowestoft, England, United Kingdom
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This is a nice small park! They offer an early free visit to the park. You need to check when this... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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.
  • Excellent51%
  • 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 yesterday

My personal reason for visiting (as a roller coaster enthusiast) was to ride the Pacific Fruit Express coaster (it's only a kiddie coaster but I wanted to add it to my coaster count anyway), however as my wife and I both love animals we took...More

Thank Davidjellis
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a nice small park! They offer an early free visit to the park. You need to check when this occurs, add a reminder and attend an hour before it opens to general public. They offer specials to families also. I believe those are...More

Thank cherylmE1622JL
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just passed by the zoo and the amusements for children on our multiple visits to Happy Hollow Park. It is a beautiful setting, although the redwoods there seem to be distressed because of the recycled water that is used. It has a high salinity...More

Thank GlennFrancoSimmons
Reviewed 11 May 2017

One fine sunny morning went to happy hollow park with grand children.It was fun to move around in the amusement park.kids enjoyed the rides.There were rides for all the ages of kids.Safety was taken care of.Park had different activity areas.We all enjoyed the Puppet show.play...More

Thank vedarora
Reviewed 11 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

1  Thank Michael B
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Heather C
My birthday is on January 1st. Is this zoo open on new years day? trying to plan my birthday not much will be open
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