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Charles Paddock Zoo

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Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
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A small zoo but great for young kids

Let's keep in mind this is located in Atascadero... got that? OK, for a small zoo, this is a nice experience. The cages are clean and the animals appear healthy and happy. They... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2016
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San Jose, California
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447 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

We a little disappointed by the overall selection of animals, which for the most part are small animals. However the grounds are nicely laid out, and well maintained, and the cages kept in good condition, and the animals look healthy and the habitats seem to be decent size for each animal based on their size. We took two of the... More 

Thank Rod B
Hemet, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This zoo was more fun for us than the Santa Barbara Zoo and much more affordable. Lots of animals I didn't know existed. The Tiger was beautiful.

Thank boomtownbuilder
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72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Always love coming here with my two young kids. The zoo is on the small side but large enough to hold their attention. It's reasonably priced and has a park right out side for the kids to go play at and have a picnic at when your done. There no food served but snacks in the gift shop if you... More 

Thank Justin S
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Let's keep in mind this is located in Atascadero... got that? OK, for a small zoo, this is a nice experience. The cages are clean and the animals appear healthy and happy. They have some fun events at this zoo, and we checked out the "Chicks" exhibit (an incubator-like structure with baby chicks during Easter) which was fun. Since my... More 

Thank atascat
Pasadena, California
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82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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... More 

Thank Angelinaxoxo89
Atascadero, California
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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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301 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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... More 

Thank Jedimasterkush
San Luis Obispo, California
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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... More 

Thank JeffKSLO
Atascadero, California
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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
Atascadero, California
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

The zoo is a special place in Atascadero. Founded by the Atascadero Lake Park ranger in the 1960s, it grew from a backyard project of wounded animals and an alligator in a batch tub to a modern small zoo with a great variety of animals.

Thank GLW1953

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