Happy Hollow Park and Zoo


The EdZOOcation team at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo encourages people of all ages to embrace their wild side. Join us as we explore our natural world and make new friends!

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose provides an affordable, sustainable, conservation-centered outdoor adventure for families with children. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is wholly owned and operated by the City of San José.

The Park closed its gates after 46 years on July 9, 2008, for a $72 million green renovation. The scope of the project included the renovation of the 12 acres of existing ride areas and Zoo, as well as adding 4 additional acres to the facility which include several new animal exhibits, Veterinary and commissary buildings, Education Center, Guest Services and Gift Shop, Restaurant, new parking lot and pedestrian bridge, and updated the facility to meet all ADA requirements. The New Happy Hollow combines innovative green architecture with whimsical fun and will be applying to become Silver Certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

The gates to the new Happy Hollow Park & Zoo opened on March 20, 2010, 49 years after the original gates opened in March 1961.

In 2011 Happy Hollow Park & Zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary!

The City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Citywide Scholarship Program will ensure that residents of the City of San Jose in need have access to department programs, classes, and activities. All requests are subject to available funding and qualifications. Please contact for more information.


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