CuriOdyssey San Mateo
Where are we going today?
We love visiting zoos, and we love exploring science centers where they make science fun, but we've never been to a place that combines the two!
Welcome to CuriOdyssey!
This amazing attraction in California is a family-friendly hands-on science museum AND zoo, where kids can get up close to the natural world through interactive science exhibits. Then they can get close to the animals themselves in the zoo!
First - the animals! CuriOdyssey has nearly 100 animals, from those slippery snakes to those majestic and bold golden eagles. All of the creatures at the zoo are non-releasable into the wild, because they have either been previously injured or abandoned, and wouldn't survive back in the wild.
So CuriOdyssey is their forever homes!
The animals live in naturalistic habitats, which the whole family can explore, so they will feel like they are in their natural homes! Bird lovers will love the 4,000 square foot aviary, and then take your time through the remaining 25 habitats which are all designed for the animals who live there.
Then the science part! CuriOdyssey has a team just for creating the innovating and hands-on exhibits that the kids can enjoy! You won't find them anywhere else! You can make objects fly, spin gears, or even create a vortex!
It's all designed to teach kids how nature's complex systems work together to form the environment that we know and love today.
With workshops, programs, and camps to top off the experience, you will have a WILD time at this Californian family attraction!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (ages 2 to 12) / $7 (13 to 17)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Tues to Sunday.
Closed Mondays and some major holidays. All year round.
They have school admission prices for Tuesdays to Fridays - make sure you book 30 days in advance!.
There are plenty of places to eat near the museum, including picnic areas. .
The surrounding restaurants and cafes have plenty of healthy options for you! .
Any Top Tips?
If you LOVE the zoo then why not check out membership? The money helps the animals and you get free admission! .
Doing our bit
CuriOdyssey is dedicated to teaching children about the world, nature and animals, whilst looking after those injured animals that can't return to the wild. .
Need a little extra help?
Nearly all of the exhibits are accessible to those with disabilities. They are happy to accommodate everyone, just talk to Guest Services!.
Can I get one of those?
Bring that pocket money because there is a shop! There is science and wildlife merchandise, and lots of other fun gifts.
They are accredited by the AZA!.
What people are saying?
by Gabriele Strasser
Great for kids! My 2 1/2 and 4 year old have a great time every time we go. We have a membership, which is totally worth it. The kids still discover new things every time, even though we have been there many times now.
by Joel Mendoza
Great value for the price. They have some cool snakes, some birds, and a little bit of everything. The kids will really like the river otters swimming around. It's a really small zoo but it's a good experience if you live close by.
by Erik Mace
A great little science and nature/zoo stop while waiting with kids for an airplane at SFO. Only 5 minutes from airport. Avoid San Fran traffic.
by Kate Pfaff
I have loved taking my young child here for years. We love the exhibits and the animals. But the science classes are the best! My daughter has learned so much here, very hands on, age appropriate, great teachers, everything you could want.
by Maxim Razin
The zoo looked not very well prepared for exhibition. Most animals were hiding or sleeping, boring for a little child. The only really playful inhabitants were river otters.