Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
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Based on 171 votes

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    Carla R.
    membership is an amazing deal and goes on sale every year.(6 Tips)
    Rick D.
    Bring your own food and hang out at one of the many picnic spots.(2 Tips)
    Melissa A.
    outside on the patio(2 Tips)
    Jay C.
    Try the skyride when you get your ride tickets!!(3 Tips)
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  • Judy M.

    The zoo itself was a pretty fair value and is very small-kid friendly.

    Judy M · April 3
  • Judy M.

    First time here. Zoo was ok. If we were to return, I would make the time to pack lunch. We had lunch at their cafe today, it was over priced for the quality and quantity.

    Judy M · April 3
  • Julia S.

    Goats and monkeys!

    Julia S · March 22
  • Carrie E.

    The fruit bats are fascinating! Crazy creatures.

    Carrie Edwards · March 4
  • Brian S.

    Fantastic small and inexpensive zoo. Extremely kid friendly. Let 'em loose and try to keep up.

    Brian Strauss · September 20, 2014
  • Nnenniqua

    The sky tram is pretty awesome in that you get to see animals you would normally miss if you were walking around 🐆

    Nnenniqua · August 7, 2014
  • Autumn B.

    Flamingos and meerkats! And if Dave the cash and eat somewhere else. The food was pretty nasty.

    Autumn Bethany Clarkson · July 10, 2014
  • Missy K.

    So many things for kids to do! Great for the whole family. We come here frequently and get a ton of use from our year pass.

    Missy Kirtley · June 25, 2014
  • Tylena C.

    Have fun and bring plenty of snacks

    Tylena Cabantac · April 22, 2014
  • Missy K.

    Get a membership and arrive as early as possible on Saturday or Sunday mornings. They open half an hour early for members. The animals are calm and about, and it's nearly empty of people.

    Missy Kirtley · March 23, 2014
  • B F.

    Membership pays for itself quickly with free parking. Also early admission in summer

    B F · December 30, 2013
  • Leslie L.

    Love the Zoo Lights!

    Leslie Light · December 29, 2013
  • Nicky S.

    SF zoo is better

    Nicky Shez · December 26, 2013
  • Lindsey J.

    See the baby baboon!

    Lindsey Johnson · October 20, 2013
  • Jay H.

    I like how close you could get to some animals. Didn't feel as nice as the Philly Zoo, but it was a good deal for the money to spend an afternoon with your family or kids.

    Jay Holler · September 30, 2013
  • Carla R.

    membership is an amazing deal and goes on sale every year. pays for itself in 2 visits, plus you get free ride tickets.

    Carla Richardson · September 12, 2013
  • Alecia S.

    My favorite Zoo so far.. Close to home (Fairfield) lots if greenery and hills. The Skyline and Train are a nice touch.

    Alecia Santamaria · July 25, 2013
  • Melissa 🌺 G.

    Had lots if fun kids didn't really like all the hills we had to walk up but was fun

    Melissa 🌺 Grant · July 11, 2013
  • Rob L.

    Come early to get a good picnic spot -- yes, you can bring your own food.

    Rob Lojek · May 27, 2013
  • Vijai Shankar

    Good zoo and very stroller friendly if you have kids on a stroller. Good place for a quick family outing

    Vijai Shankar · May 8, 2013
  • Erin P.

    Well worth the membership. Come when you want, free parking, ride tickets.

    Erin Proudfoot · April 14, 2013
  • Jamie Dubs W.

    Parking in the lower lot is a lot easier, and is close to the petting zoo

    Jamie Dubs Wilkinson · February 9, 2013
  • Lindsay P.

    You can tour the entire zoo in about an hour, give or take. Great if you want the rest of your day open, but if you're looking for a full-day experience you're better off going to the SF zoo.

    Lindsay P · January 27, 2013
  • Kristopher R.

    It's a pretty good zoo, on the smaller size but the animal enclosures are very well done. The $8 for parking sucks, and it's fairly hilly.

    Kristopher Reed · January 5, 2013
  • Christina C.

    Vote YES on measure A1 in November to help the oakland zoo and support animal care! :)

    Christina C · October 22, 2012
  • Katie B.

    Best to get to the zoo when it first opens.. Allow a couple of hours to see everything.

    Katie B · August 13, 2012
  • Joyce T.

    Get the family membership. If you go 3x in a year it's worth it. There's always something to do.

    Joyce Tompsett · April 7, 2012
  • Melissa A.

    Sit outside on the patio to eat your lunch and wave when the train goes by

    Melissa Alexander · December 17, 2011
  • Myesha M.

    Buy a membership.... Lots of savings.

    Myesha Mebane · November 19, 2011
  • Amy Y.

    Free entrance for children under 2.

    Amy Yuan · October 2, 2011
  • Christina C.

    Take the train for $3.00 per person to go through the Wild Australia exhibit and see awesome Bay Area views!

    Christina C · August 22, 2011
  • ScottySauce

    For less than 10 bucks the Oakland Zoo is a great place for a nice casual relaxing day. Not one of the biggest zoo's but always one of my favorite close to home faves.

    ScottySauce · August 17, 2011
  • Phill G.

    Great monkeys

    Phill Groves · July 16, 2011
  • Raghu S.

    Park near the Snow Buiding rather than the main parking lot and save time!

    Raghu Srinivasan · July 5, 2011
  • Molly T.

    Go to the meerkat exhibit and crawl in the cave. Don't get stuck!

    Molly Travis · November 18, 2010
  • Dennis R.

    the bat house is amazing!

    Dennis Roy · October 8, 2010
  • Zach N.

    Check out the wildlife theater today, KOFy tv hosting a kiddie casting call to find the next bay area star

    Zach Nadler · September 18, 2010
  • David

    Sky ride is great. Train is lame and a ripoff at $3.

    David · August 24, 2010
  • Heather J.

    Love this place. The animals are all very animated, and the Zoo is a great place to go walking. Read more

    Heather Jepsen · June 29, 2010
  • Stiev B.

    Finally saw the bison for the first time. They seem awfully distrustful of the camels below.

    Stiev Bobell · June 11, 2010
  • Rick D.

    The food here is priced right but horrible. Bring your own food and hang out at one of the many picnic spots.

    Rick Dobbs · April 17, 2010
  • Sarah H.

    Great place, love the kids zoo. Make sure to check out the meerkats and cotton topped tamarins. Read more

    Sarah Hinkley · April 10, 2010
  • Jay C.

    Try the skyride when you get your ride tickets!!

    Jay Cooke · April 1, 2010
  • Becky W.

    Buy the $3 key from the gift shop near the entrance for little ones. It has a wrist strap so they can wear it and plug it into the audio info boxes to tell them in Engl or Esp about animals.

    Becky Wiegand · March 30, 2010
  • hj

    Apparently prez day is the busiest day of the yr. *groan*

    hj · February 15, 2010
  • Tonya I.

    Favorite place to pull out a snack and rest are the benches in front of Gibbon Island. Have a little patience, give these apes some of your time and they will entertain you with amazing acrobatics. Read more

    Tonya Iles · December 11, 2009
  • Joe T.

    Get close to the giraffes

    Joe Taormina · September 20, 2009

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