Best Zoos and Aquariums in the Bay Area




These Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 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.  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:  Golden Gate Park. San Francisco. www.sfrecpark.org

Silicon Valley

Gold: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Lemurs, zebras, anteaters and more make their homes at this zoo that also has amusement park rides for little kids. 748 Story Road, San Jose. www.hhpz.org.

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

Bronze: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy. 408-840-7100. www.gilroygardens.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:  Golden Gate Park. San Francisco. www.sfrecpark.org

 

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