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Oakland Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Nicely arranged zoo for young family

Great day trip. Very manageable size of the zoo. Newly added gondola ride is excellent and rides... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Princeton, New Jersey
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Wonderful animal learning experience!

Oakland Zoo's animal population are largely rescued animals: elephants from circuses, bears kept as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paris, France
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Oakland Zoo was established in 1922 and is managed by the Conservation Society of California, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife both locally and globally. The Zoo is home to over 700 native and exotic...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605-4925
+1 510-632-9525
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great day trip. Very manageable size of the zoo. Newly added gondola ride is excellent and rides are included in the admission price. The otter aquarium is nicely arranged that kids can have a very close encounter with the lively otters. The day we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sunjoe075
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oakland Zoo's animal population are largely rescued animals: elephants from circuses, bears kept as pets in small cages... .There are loads of docents who are eager to share the stories of these animals and the care given to making their current lives more comfortable, even...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jamesskeldon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hidden in the hills of Oakland, the Zoo is a must visit for children. You can well cover the zoo due to the rope ways they have deveoped, which makes the viewing unquie. Children are quite exited to see the wild animals as well as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Padcee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo was awesome! The amount of room all the animals have is one of the largest I have seen at a zoo. This was a great family trip, fun from the train ride to the gondola. A must visit!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank makjms
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to a lot of zoos and many of them in the worlds top best zoos . This one makes that list . So clean and easy to get around . Animals seem happy with plenty of room . If you’re a member...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lb33wonka
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the zoo midday on a weekday...a great time to go. We saw the wolves, grizzlies, and elephants feeding...very interesting. The bay views and gondola ride we're worth the trip.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Nas05
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It had been years since we went to the Oakland Zoo, the improvements are amazing. It is very spacious and the animal habitats are very natural, our favorites were the babboons and the river otters, both playing in natural surroundings. We took 3 grandkids, 6,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ken M
Reviewed October 30, 2018

I was visiting the zoo with my family when an Oakland Zoo docent at the chimpanzee exhibit likened the behavior of the chimpanzees to that of police officers shooting innocent people. This was completely inappropriate. It is not the place of an Oakland Zoo representative...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank terri g
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Having been to the San Diego Zoo and San Francisco Zoo, I thought it was time to visit the Oakland Zoo. The zoo has a new expanded area called the California Trail that is accessible by the zoos new gondola. That in its self was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tikitodd408
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Wow, taking the tram up to the new exhibit was amazing. The animals are beautiful, well-cared for, and have lots of open space to roam and be. We ate lunch at the new cafeteria at the top and while everything was good, we actually preferred...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Thoai T
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Response from Yosemitesteve | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas only I believe
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Response from OaklandZ1 | Property representative |
Unfortunately, we do not rent wheelchairs.