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Visiting Happy Hollow Park and Zoo San Jose

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Happy Hollow Zoological Park connects the nature with people through its beautiful surroundings and astonishing highlights. It is a park where age does not exist! You have an opportunity to run like a cheetah, climb like a lemur, swing like a monkey, sneak like a tiger, relax like a seal, eat like an elephant, and view the world through the eyes of an owl.

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Insights of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Insights of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo



Happy Hollow Zoological Park homes many ferocious animals including giraffe, bongos, African elephants, Anubis baboons, Anteater, Jaguars, Meerkat, Squirrel Monkeys, red panda, Ostriches, Buffalos, black Rhinoceroses, and lions. The beautiful, charming birds at the entrance of the park capture the attention of visitors. It highlights thousands of wildlife creatures from over one hundred and sixty species of animals and fifteen species of fishes. The original section of the zoo is two kilometres long offering a walking trail with a verdant playground and shaded areas for picnic spots near to the endangered lemurs.



Opened in the year 1961, the Happy Hollow Park features animal exhibits, a puppet theatre, animal hospital, carousel, and exciting rides including the speedy high rollercoaster, verdant arena for toddlers to play and swing, twisty slides and climbing area for teens in its vast expanse. The 'Crooked House' opened in the year 2013 for public which draws the attention of many tourists. 'Docs Critter Care' is the animal hospital with outdoor and indoor quarantine, radiology, and surgery facilities. It also consists of 'Double H Ranch' exhibit which allows close interaction and encounter with the wild creatures.

Puppet Theatre

Puppet Theatre

The puppet theatre is the star attraction of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. It features multiple exciting shows that fascinate teens and kids. 'Flip Flop' is the most popular show which casts the story of an overworked young woman, Val, and her dog. Make sure to confirm the timings of the puppet theatre through its official website.

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo San Jose Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Children under the age of two years get free entrance into the park. Reserve your entry online through this website. Click on the link of our site and get your tickets booked with exciting deals. However, you can also buy the tickets from the counter available at the Happy Hollow Park.

How To Get Around?

Explore the Happy Hallow Park and Zoo on foot.

What Should I Wear?

Pack light and soft fabrics. A pair of pants with some skinny top wear is a good option. Pair them with boots. Wear denim or skirts and pair it with layered top. Casual Dresses are the norm in San Jose. Moreover, wear classic flat shoes which offer comfort while walking in the vast area of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Also, pack warm outfits in case that temperature drops at night. In addition to this, do not forget to take sunglasses, a floppy hat and hand tissues to wipe sweat.

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo San Jose Facts

Best Time to Visit

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo invites its tourists to visit between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday. It closes at 5:00 pm on weekends, i.e., Saturday and Sunday. December to April features a dry season with bright sunshine in San Jose which makes for a perfect and soothing climate for tourists to explore the sites of the city. Avoid visiting on Thank giving Day and Christmas Eve.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No. This website is the best guide for your tour with all the relevant details.

How To Get There?

Getting around in San Jose is easy. Downtown is compact which makes it easy to explore on foot. You can take public transits for traveling outside the centre. Bus lines, Caltrain and Light Rail are readily available for excursion. VTA bus of line 73 and 25 drops you directly in front of the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Moreover, you can hire self-driven vehicles for a leisure outing. San Jose is a perfect destination spot to spend vacations with family and friends. It can be reached through airplane, train, bus, and car. The city houses one of the three most important airports of Bay Area. Located two miles away from the downtown, you can take a direct flight to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Buses are considered the most economical mode to get in from neighbouring cities. Diridon Station is the main central station located at Cahil Street of downtown. US-101 and Interstate 280 are the two significant freeways which connect San Jose to San Francisco. These freeways make the journey convenient for those who travel through cars. Take the Story Road from Highway 101 and exit towards the west, by turning left into the parking lot of Remillard, you'll reach the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

Additional Info

Carry a water bottle with you throughout the excursion. Be punctual. Arrive early to avoid skipping anything. Follow the park rules for a comfortable outing. The park prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages. You are not allowed to feed the animals inside the enclosure, so carrying eatables is also restricted. Teasing, harming and disturbing the zoo animals is a punishable offence. It also restricts carrying bags full of food. You can take a water bottle inside the zoo. The park allows photography, but it should not disturb or hamper the animals. Pre-book your hotels and get your travel insured. Try to carry credit and debit cards instead of money.

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