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“Great fun with the family!”

Charles Paddock Zoo
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Atascadero
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 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 hours! Zoos are always best in the morning when the animals are fresh and the heat of the day hasn't hit yet, but even in the afternoon and until closing the animals are fairly active.

We like to stop at the local park and run some energy off and maybe bring a picnic or some drinks in with us and leisurely spend the day. Hope you have fun too!

Thank Angelinaxoxo89
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Reviewed 24 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 time to stop and enjoy. Great setting, fun animals, nice gift shop, check it out!

Thank snipcat
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Reviewed 14 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 and out of and charges a reasonable $7.00 dollar entrance fee. I must say they really do have a nice Flamingo display especially the fact that you are right up on them. They have a tiger, meerkats a red panda and an emu. They also have several other animals. Great place to take lil ones to kill some time.

Thank Jedimasterkush
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Reviewed 25 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 a few well-kept animals, you will probably enjoy this little zoo. I went during the day on Monday and shared the park with maybe 10-15 other parents with children. I suspect that is not the exception. It is also nice to a very comfortable free public park that is suitable for a little stroll or maybe a picnic lunch.
Atascadero is warm in the summer so dress appropriately if you go then, although there is plenty of shade available. It was cool and comfortable near noon in February.
If it is on your way, try it. I wouldn't suggest that you drive for a long time to get here, there are many bigger and more spectacular zoos. This is a very comfy small-town zoo.

Thank JeffKSLO
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Reviewed 10 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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