Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

748 Story Rd San Jose

8 Things to Do in San Jose with Kids/Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Written By VAMONDE San Jose

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Take a walk on the wild side at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. This 16-acre zoo and amusement park connects families to nature through daily activities and entertainment. Happy Hollow is part of the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and is supported by the Happy Hollow Foundation. It’s also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an organization that focuses on animal welfare, conservation, education, and recreation.

See a typical weekend at Happy Hollow in the video below:


Your ticket to Happy Hollow is an all-inclusive pass for unlimited rides and entertainment, as well as access to nature-themed playgrounds and shaded picnic areas. The zoo has over 60 different species of animals, from alligators to zebras. Guests can interact with some of the animals during daily meet-and-greets, special programs, and hands-on activities.

Kids will love the family-friendly rides at Happy Hollow. Roller coasters, pedal-powered cars, soaring swings, and an old-fashioned carousel will delight young children. Other attractions in the park include the Crooked House, a whimsical cottage perfect for exploration; the Dino Dig, where budding paleontologists can unearth faux fossils; the Leaping Lemur Trail and Redwood Lookout play zones, and an underground Miner’s Maze.


Catch a show on the Crooked Meadow Stage or the Puppet Castle Theater, one of California’s oldest puppet theaters, featuring classic fairy tales and original productions. Alternatively, when your family is ready for some downtime, borrow a book from one of the Story Stations or relax in the Backyard Habitat.

Take a walk on the wild side at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo!

Cover image courtesy of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

8 Things to Do in San Jose with Kids

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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