These Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2020 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.
Gold: Monterey Bay Aquarium. A world-class aquarium with educational programs and play areas located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and next to historic Cannery Row. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831-648-4800. montereybayaquarium.org.
Silver: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. 748 Story Road, San Jose. 408-794-6400. hhpz.org.
Bronze: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. 408-840-7100. gilroygardens.org.
Gold: CuriOdyssey. Features naturalistic exhibits that are home to more than 100 mostly native animals ranging from the little red-legged frog to the giant vinegaroon. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. curiodyssey.org.
Silver: Harley Farms Goat Dairy. 205 North St., Pescadero. harleyfarms.com.
Bronze: Marine Science Institute. 500 Discovery Pkwy., Redwood City. 650-364-2760. sfbaymsi.org.
San Francisco and Marin
Gold: California Academy of Sciences. This natural history museum has a multi-level rainforest, sea life and interactive exhibits. 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco. 415-379-8000. calacademy.org.
Silver: San Francisco Zoo. Sloat Boulevard at The Great Highway, San Francisco. 415-753-7080. sfzoo.org.
Bronze: Golden Gate National Park. Between Great Highway, Fulton Avenue, Stanyan Street and Lincoln Way, San Francisco. goldengatepark.com.
Gold: Oakland Zoo. Set on more than 500 acres in the Oakland hills, this zoo is a fantastic place to get outdoors and meet hundreds of native and exotic animals. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525. oaklandzoo.org.
Silver: Ardenwood Historic Farm. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, option 3, ext. 4504. ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood.
Bronze: East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park. Intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive, Berkeley. 510-544-3169. ebparks.org/parks/tilden/botanic_garden.htm.