Planning a trip to San Francisco?

Foursquare can help you find the best places to go to.

Oakland Zoo

  • R Q.
    "Loved the giraffes, elephants and camels."(3 Tips)
    Jay C.
    "Try the skyride when you get your ride tickets!!"(3 Tips)
    Sarah H.
    "Make sure to check out the meerkats and cotton topped tamarins."(3 Tips)
    "Sky ride is great."(2 Tips)
55 Tips and reviews
  • giraffes
  • ride tickets
  • kids area
  • meerkats
  • zoos
Log in to leave a tip here.

  • Popular
  • Recent
  • Jay H.
    Jay HollerSeptember 30, 2013
    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.
  • V A.
    V AJune 7, 2015
    The animals don't look very happy the further back you go. The animals towards the front have beautiful enclosures but when you get to the elephants and the giraffes it starts looking kinda grim.
  • Missy K.
    Missy KirtleyMarch 23, 2014
    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.
  • Victor S.
    Victor StuberJune 12, 2015
    One of the more engaging zoos. Unlike most zoom, the animals aren't in small cages. They are in large open arras that you can get real close to. The monkeys are really active and fun.
  • Becky W.
    Becky WiegandMarch 30, 2010
    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.
  • Lindsay P.
    Lindsay PJanuary 27, 2013
    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.
  • Chrissy
    ChrissyAugust 26, 2015
    I love how you can get pretty close to the animals. Bring your own lunch. Don't bother with the Sky Ride, it only provides a good view for the first 3 minutes.
  • Tonya I.
    Tonya IlesDecember 11, 2009
    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
  • Judy M.
    Judy MApril 3, 2015
    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.
  • Missy K.
    Missy KirtleyJune 25, 2014
    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.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 17, 2011
    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.
  • Carla R.
    Carla RichardsonSeptember 12, 2013
    membership is an amazing deal and goes on sale every year. pays for itself in 2 visits, plus you get free ride tickets.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerMarch 28
    Got there around 11, had to park on the grass near the back entrance. Kind of confusing of it is your first time.
  • Travelzoo
    TravelzooMarch 24
    Save 35% on admission to the Oakland Zoo -- home to over 660 native and exotic animals including the African elephant, Hamadryas baboon and blue-eyed lemur. Read more
  • Christina C.
    Christina CAugust 22, 2011
    Take the train for $3.00 per person to go through the Wild Australia exhibit and see awesome Bay Area views!
  • Jen B.
    Jen BreeseFebruary 23
    Come early to see the animals out. Staff are cool. Bring your own lunch because it is expensive.
  • Vijai Shankar
    Vijai ShankarMay 8, 2013
    Good zoo and very stroller friendly if you have kids on a stroller. Good place for a quick family outing
  • Alecia S.
    Alecia SantamariaJuly 25, 2013
    My favorite Zoo so far.. Close to home (Fairfield) lots if greenery and hills. The Skyline and Train are a nice touch.
  • Joyce T.
    Joyce TompsettApril 7, 2012
    Get the family membership. If you go 3x in a year it's worth it. There's always something to do.
  • B F.
    B FDecember 30, 2013
    Membership pays for itself quickly with free parking. Also early admission in summer
  • Heather J.
    Heather JepsenJune 29, 2010
    Love this place. The animals are all very animated, and the Zoo is a great place to go walking. Read more
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussSeptember 20, 2014
    Fantastic small and inexpensive zoo. Extremely kid friendly. Let 'em loose and try to keep up.
  • R Q.
    R QMay 29
    Loved the giraffes, elephants and camels. Lots of walking uphill. Wear good shoes.
  • Christopher C.
    Definitely come early for parking. About two hours is enough to spend at the park.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HinkleyApril 10, 2010
    Great place, love the kids zoo. Make sure to check out the meerkats and cotton topped tamarins. Read more
  • Katie B.
    Katie BAugust 13, 2012
    Best to get to the zoo when it first opens.. Allow a couple of hours to see everything.
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaAugust 7, 2014
    The sky tram is pretty awesome in that you get to see animals you would normally miss if you were walking around 🐆
  • Erin P.
    Erin ProudfootApril 14, 2013
    Well worth the membership. Come when you want, free parking, ride tickets.
  • Judy M.
    Judy MApril 3, 2015
    The zoo itself was a pretty fair value and is very small-kid friendly.
  • Donna C.
    Donna ChenMarch 4
    Children's area to play and run around. There are many benches and areas to rest in the shade too.
  • Rick D.
    Rick DobbsApril 17, 2010
    The food here is priced right but horrible. Bring your own food and hang out at one of the many picnic spots.
  • Autumn B.
    Flamingos and meerkats! And if Dave the cash and eat somewhere else. The food was pretty nasty.
  • Melissa 🌺 G.
    Melissa 🌺 GrantJuly 11, 2013
    Had lots if fun kids didn't really like all the hills we had to walk up but was fun
  • Jen R.
    Jen RainwaterJuly 18, 2015
    Love the crocodiles in the kids area!! Kinda scary for the kids section but cool as hell! LOL!
  • Rob L.
    Rob LojekMay 27, 2013
    Come early to get a good picnic spot -- yes, you can bring your own food.
  • Carrie E.
    Carrie EdwardsMarch 4, 2015
    The fruit bats are fascinating! Crazy creatures.
  • Jamie Dubs W.
    Jamie Dubs WilkinsonFebruary 9, 2013
    Parking in the lower lot is a lot easier, and is close to the petting zoo
  • Zach N.
    Zach NadlerSeptember 18, 2010
    Check out the wildlife theater today, KOFy tv hosting a kiddie casting call to find the next bay area star
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AlexanderDecember 17, 2011
    Sit outside on the patio to eat your lunch and wave when the train goes by
  • Stiev B.
    Stiev BobellJune 11, 2010
    Finally saw the bison for the first time. They seem awfully distrustful of the camels below.
  • Raghu S.
    Raghu SrinivasanJuly 5, 2011
    Park near the Snow Buiding rather than the main parking lot and save time!
  • David
    DavidAugust 24, 2010
    Sky ride is great. Train is lame and a ripoff at $3.
  • Molly T.
    Molly TravisNovember 18, 2010
    Go to the meerkat exhibit and crawl in the cave. Don't get stuck!
  • Jay C.
    Jay CookeApril 1, 2010
    Try the skyride when you get your ride tickets!!
  • Tylena C.
    Tylena CabantacApril 22, 2014
    Have fun and bring plenty of snacks
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YuanOctober 2, 2011
    Free entrance for children under 2.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SMarch 22, 2015
    Goats and monkeys!
  • Leslie L.
    Leslie LightDecember 29, 2013
    Love the Zoo Lights!
  • Dennis R.
    Dennis RoyOctober 8, 2010
    the bat house is amazing!
  • hj
    hjFebruary 15, 2010
    Apparently prez day is the busiest day of the yr. *groan*
730 Photos