Best Zoos in the Bay Area




These Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2016 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Gold: Oakland Zoo. Nestled on 525 rolling acres are 660 native and exotic animals and several rides like “Serengeti Safari” and the “Outback Express Adventure Train” for the little ones. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525. www.oaklandzoo.org.

Silver: Lindsay Wildlife Museum. 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978. www.lindsaywildlife.org.

Bronze: Ardenwood Historic Farm. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797. www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood.

Peninsula

Gold: San Francisco Zoo. Home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals and lovely gardens full of native and foreign plants. Sloat Boulevard at The Great Highway, San Francisco. 415-753-7080. www.sfzoo.org.

Silver: California Academy of Sciences. 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco. 415-379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

Bronze: CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. www.curiodyssey.org.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visitors to this world-renowned aquarium can see thousands of marine animals, play in the interactive Splash Zone for kids and explore exhibits of the kelp forest, open sea, rocky shore and more. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831-648-4800. www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Silver: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy. 408-840-7100. www.gilroygardens.org.

Bronze: Hidden Villa. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8650. www.hiddenvilla.org.

Marin/San Francisco

Gold: San Francisco Zoo.  This has more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals and peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. Sloat Boulevard at The Great Highway, San Francisco. 415-753-7080. sfzoo.org.

Silver: California Academy of Sciences. 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco. 415-379-8000. calacademy.org.

Bronze: Monterey Bay Aquarium. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831-648-4800. www.montereybayaquarium.org.

 

 

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