Oakland Zoo Oakland
Where are we going today?
Kids, are you excited to come face to face with over 660 native and exotic animals in just ONE family day out?
Oakland Zoo is where you can spend the day, exploring and learning all about creatures from not only close to home, but all over the world too!
There are mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and even arthropods. Don't know what they are, kids? Well, there is only one way to find out - head on over to Oakland Zoo!
Let's explore the mammals first! Kids can learn why elephants love to roll in dust and mud, and what exactly is a Chincilla? You can watch those playful chimps play, or see those grand lions in their stride. From Pygmy goats, to Sun Bears, to even those Warthogs!
Those cute amphibians are next, and you might be surprised to hear some of them are actually poisonous! But don't worry - you'll be fine! From the Blue Poison Dart Frog, to the Colorado River Toad, to the Lemur Tree Frog, Oakland Zoo will surprise you with just how many different creatures we are lucky to have on our planet.
If you have kids who just love those creepy crawlies, with slithering snakes, cheeky geckos and even those snappy alligators, then they are in luck too! The Reptile section is perfect to really get an up close look at some of these weird and wonderful creatures!
Want to know the best thing about visiting Oakland Zoo? A visit to the zoo means you will be supporting wildlife all across the globe too, so it's a day out not just for the kids, but for the animals too!
So let's go! The animals are waiting!
How much does it cost?
- Children$14.75 (Ages 2-14)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
10am - 4pm daily
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the animal fundraiser
They partner with local school districts, and offer programs perfect for schools, and they are age specific too!.
There are tasty food options inside the zoo so you can fill up those rumbling tummies throughout the day!.
You are welcome to use the picnic tables and enjoy your own lunch!.
Any Top Tips?
Check the animal feeding schedules as soon as you arrive, so you can plan your trip around you!.
Doing our bit
They work a lot with conservation, and Action for Wildlife is a primary concern. They are also striving to "go green".
Need a little extra help?
Some of the pathways are steep and could be challenging, but aside from those, the zoo is wheelchair accessible. They don't have wheelchairs for rent, however..
They have fun events across the year, including Boo at the Zoo! Keep an eye out .
What people are saying?
by Lana C
The size of the Oakland Zoo is perfect for toddlers and children under the age of 10. Having visited both the San Diego Safari Park and the Omaha Zoo with open range enclosures, this small zoo managed to create some open space for the large animals like the giraffes, lions, tigers and elephants rather than enclose them entirely in a cage. On a hot day, the shaded seats in the outdoor theatre can serve as a sitting area to rest or have lunch when there’s no show in progress. For those with children, the membership plans can be a good deal...Read More
by Jason Freidenfelds
Great family place -- kids love the animals, all seems clean and well-treated, and the mini-amusement park next door is always a hit. Staff is great too -- Jeff Patterson, an EMT and fix-it guy there, helped jump-start our car one day and gave our daughter some extra hand stamps she was begging for the other day. Everyone cares!
by Jonneke Grisham
Best zoo. Sometimes you can't even see a lion because the area is so large:)
by Bharati Dhakate
It's a smallish zoo with a lot of ups and downs. So be prepared with good walking shoes. Tigers, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, oh my. They have kangaroos, flamingos, and huge tortoises too.
The best feature was the sky ride. The best $3 you will spend at the zoo. We enjoyed that the most.
by Linda Conner
On wenday on the news Wenday I saw babyPanda to go to Oakland zoo Panda cubs an on the 10th of Jan 2014 (is this true ?) Place let me down
by Lana C
The size of the Oakland Zoo is perfect for toddlers and children under the age of 10. Having visited both the San Diego Safari Park and the Omaha Zoo with open range enclosures, this small zoo managed to create some open space for the large animals like the giraffes, lions, tigers and elephants rather than enclose them entirely in a cage. On a hot day, the shaded seats in the outdoor theatre can serve as a sitting area to rest or have lunch when there’s no show in progress. For those with children, the membership plans can be a good deal with free admission most days of the year.