Zoos in SACRAMENTO with kids

It’s animal time in Sacramento, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Sacramento because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Sacramento Zoo

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    (3 miles) Sacramento

    More than 500 native, rare and endangered animals await you at this fascinating zoo in Sacramento!

  • Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

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    (19 miles) Folsom

    Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised, and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or ...

  • The Serpentarium

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    (35 miles) Lodi

    A privately owned 3,000 square foot, 2 story Museum and Reptile Store you are welcome to bring the kids and browse in. It's like a zoo you can buy!

  • Micke Grove Zoo

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    (37 miles) Lodi

    Micke Grove Zoo is home to over 130 native animals and exotic species from all over the world, including several endangered species, where kids can experience amazing animal encounters!

  • Safari West

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    (65 miles) Santa Rosa

    The natural world awaits you... Faster is not always better. In a world increasingly dominated by technology, instant communication and instant gratification, Safari West stands as a tangible ...

  • Oakland Zoo

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    (67 miles) Oakland

    The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit zoo home to over 660 native and exotic animals! Kids can experience feedings, and events, and learn lots of new things across the day!

  • Aquarium Of The Bay

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    (73 miles) San Francisco

    Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay at this family friendly aquarium, with 20,000 aquatic animals including sharks, rays and sea stars!

  • California Academy Of Sciences

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    (77 miles) San Francisco

    Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet. Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new ...

  • San Francisco Zoo

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    (80 miles) San Francisco

    Over 1,000 endangered, exotic and rescued animals await you at this amazing zoo in San Francisco!

  • CuriOdyssey

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    (82 miles) San Mateo

    A science and wildlife center where kids can explore both animal and science exhibits! Create a vortex, make objects fly, and meet furry, scaled and finned animals.

  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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    (89 miles) San Jose

    A San Jose amusement park and zoo rolled into one! With a range of amazing animals, experiences and programs, overnight stays and some fun rides too!

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  • Lagunas Awesome Party Palace

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    (10 miles) Elk Grove

    In this safe, colourful facility, they have 5 enormous jumphouses for obstacle and slide action and adventure soft play, and a room of arcade games and air hockey tables. All ages welcome in the ...

  • Funfinity Indoor Playground

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    (33 miles) Auburn

    Endless indoor fun for kids AND adults in California, with slides, climbers, and bungee jumping...to name a few!

  • Go Bananas

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    (55 miles) Lathrop

    Active kids under 10 can spend the day jumping and playing in this indoor fun center!

  • Adventure Kinderland

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    (63 miles) Richmond

    An amazing jungle for indoor play in California, with slides, tunnels, ball pools and much more! Open play and party fun for those active kids!

  • Playland not at the beach

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    (64 miles) El Cerrito

    Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a temperature-controlled 9000-square foot building chock-full of amazing things to see and do.

  • Barrel of Monkeez

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    (64 miles) Angels Camp

    A host of fun in California for those active families, with mini golf, air hockey, bouncers, rock climbing, lazer tag and much more!

  • Pump It Up

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    (66 miles) Pleasanton

    Facilities are based around a series of giant inflatables which vary but include slides, mazes, obstacle courses, classic bounce houses and other variations.

  • The Coop

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    (81 miles) San Francisco

    Modern and cool indoor play for kids AND adults in San Francisco, with 3,000sq ft of ball pits, slides, tubes, dress up, reading nooks and MORE!

  • Safari Run

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    (83 miles) San Mateo

    Safari run in this indoor playground, with open play, fitness classes, camps, parties and more!

  • My Gym San Jose

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    (89 miles) Santa Clara

    Unique gym classes offering specially designed programs to enhance strength and coordination for kids.

  • The Jungle Fun and Adventure

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    (95 miles) San Jose

    20,000 sq ft of WILD jungle fun with this indoor playground, perfect for kids up to 12 years and parents! With play structures, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade and more!

  • Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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    (10 miles) Carmichael

    Self-guided trails through 100 acres of beautiful Californian nature, with wildlife and learning opportunities for the kids!

  • Cameron Park Lake

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    (28 miles) Cameron Park

    Get back to nature with a swim in this beautiful and lifeguarded lagoon in this California park lake, with tennis courts, playground, walking/jogging trails and more!

  • Micke Grove Regional Park

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    (37 miles) Lodi

    A fun park with a carnival, museum, formal gardens, softball fields, water play features, horseshoe pits, several children’s playgrounds and an 18 hole disc golf course! Phew!

  • Apple Hill

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    (45 miles) Camino

    Attractions on offer include pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a ...

  • Old Faithful Geyser of California

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    (60 miles) Calistoga

    Come visit the show of California's Old Faithful Geyser, a spectacular, nature-directed performance. The stage, walled by thick bamboo and plumed pampas grass, appears as an innocent pool of shallow ...

  • Petrified Forest

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    (62 miles) Calistoga

    Step back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country

  • Redwood Regional Park

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    (65 miles) Oakland

    Kids can experience the magic of this hidden redwood forest whose 1,830 acres are ready to be explored - an amazing natural wonder in California for the family to enjoy.

  • Oyster Bay

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    (71 miles) San Leandro

    An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and ...

  • Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

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    (75 miles) Hayward

    Experience the unique environment in this San Francisco Bay salt marsh, with an interpretive center, family programs and nature!

  • Muir Woods National monument

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    (75 miles) Mill Valley

    Contains 6 miles of trails in 30 to 90 minute loops as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. Free Discovery Pack available for kids, plus public programming at the ...

  • Raging Waters Sacremento

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    (3 miles) Sacramento

    Water park fun in Sacramento with more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, crystal clear pools, breath-taking slides, and fun-filled activities for kids AND adults of all ages!

  • Golfland Sunsplash

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    (18 miles) Roseville

    Over 30 rides and attractions at this California family adventure experience, with mini golf, laser tag, and a host of waterpark fun!

  • Antioch Waterpark

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    (45 miles) Antioch

    A small municipal water park great for kids on those hot days, with 5 fun water slides.