Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, a cherished landmark of San José, California, is a remarkable blend of an amusement park and an AZA-accredited zoo. This comprehensive guide will delve into everything that makes this family-friendly destination a must-visit, from its enchanting animal exhibits and engaging rides to its educational programs and conservation efforts.


Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is a unique destination that offers a blend of family-friendly amusement park rides and an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited zoo. This 16-acre facility, nestled in the heart of San José, is a combination of playful and educational experiences, making it a popular choice for visitors of all ages.

Location, Admission and Hours of Operation

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is located at 748 Story Road in San Jose, near Little Saigon.

Visitors have several options for admission tickets, depending on their age and other factors. Children under two years enjoy free entry. The cost for general admission (ages 2 to 59) is $18, while seniors (60+) and military personnel can enter for $15. Reciprocal member admission and membership guests can enter for $9. Groups of 14 or more are also eligible for discounted admission.

The park operates from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visitors are advised to check the official website for any changes to these timings.

Payment Methods

At present, Happy Hollow is only accepting payments via credit/debit cards or exact cash. The management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to guests.


Parking facilities are available at two locations: 748 Story Road, across Bent Bridge from the Entry Plaza, and 1300 Senter Road, in the Leininger Center parking lot. Daily parking costs $10, while an annual parking pass is priced at $80. There is a discounted annual pass rate of $30 for seniors, military personnel, and ADA members.

Happy Kids at Happy Hollow

Happy Kids at Happy Hollow

The Zoo

The zoo at Happy Hollow is home to more than 150 unique and endangered animals and is divided into two sections: “Zoo on the Hill” and “Zoo in the Hollow”.

Zoo on the Hill

This section of the zoo, which is across from the whimsical Keep-Around Carousel, houses a variety of animal exhibits, including giant anteaters and red-ruffed lemurs. It also features domesticated animals and chickens at the Double-H Ranch.

Zoo in the Hollow

Follow the winding bamboo pathway down into the hollow and you’ll encounter some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. This section is home to a myriad of animals including a striking jaguar, playful lemurs, curious meerkats, and an impressive American alligator.

The Park

In today’s digital age, Happy Hollow offers a refreshing opportunity for families to unplug and immerse themselves in the outdoors. Providing a safe and picturesque environment, the park is a perfect place to let your imagination run wild.

Rides and Entertainment

Happy Hollow is more than just a zoo. It’s also home to a variety of family-friendly rides and attractions. From the iconic Danny the Dragon train that has been delighting visitors since 1961, to the charming Keep-Around Carousel, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.

In addition to the rides, Happy Hollow is home to one of California’s oldest and best-attended puppet theaters. Guests also enjoy occasional encounters with costume characters Danny the Dragon, Captain Conservation, and Petal the Fairy, adding to the park’s whimsical charm.


Happy Hollow is committed to protecting wildlife and preserving species for future generations. They participate in Species Survival Plan programs and use proceeds from every ticket and membership sale to fund local wildlife conservation and research initiatives. This commitment extends globally to support threatened and endangered animals across the globe.

Learning Opportunities

Happy Hollow offers a variety of learning opportunities including school-based classes and assemblies, spring and summer camps, scout programs, and the Happy Hollow Experience Programs. They even offer a unique program on Beekeeping & Beyond, adding to their diverse educational offerings.


To ensure the comfort of all guests, Happy Hollow offers a range of amenities including a nursing room, water bottle filling stations, locker rentals, and stroller and wheelchair rentals.


Happy Hollow strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. They offer a variety of services to ensure that individuals with disabilities can fully enjoy their visit.

How to Support Happy Hollow

There are several ways to support Happy Hollow, from donating directly to participating in the “Hooray for Happy Hollow Event”. You can also contribute by becoming a corporate or community sponsor and by volunteering your time.


Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to San José, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo offers a unique experience that combines fun, education, and conservation. Plan your visit today and create a lifetime of memories at this cherished destination.

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