Oakland Zoo Review

A couple of weeks ago I promised to do a post about our trip to the Oakland Zoo. Well, here it is. Finally.

We had a very wonderful time at the Oakland Zoo. I had heard we should go there vs. SF Zoo because it was a little smaller, less crowded and the animals had room to roam. I have never been to the San Francisco Zoo so I can’t compare, but Oakland was very nice. It was easy to get to, had a nice size parking lot and was clean and stroller friendly. The size of the exhibits was nice for the animals, but sometimes you did have to time it right to be able to see them. For example, we visited the elephants during feeding time and only saw one, but after lunch came back and there were 4-5 nearby. We never did manage to see the lions as they were being lazy and slept the whole time we were there. I would just suggest making a second trip around if you missed some animals the first time through.

While I am making suggestions, let me also say plan your food ahead of time. We did bring along some fruit and muffins for the girls (they actually do let you bring in your own food which is rare for places like this!) but had also planned to get something hot for them inside the park. We did have a map that showed food locations throughout the park, but found out not many were actually open on the day we were there. (a weekday) So be sure to check out which ones are open when so you don’t find yourself on one end of the park with two (or insert your own number here) small kids ready to eat and the only food at the opposite end.

The best part of the zoo was how close we were actually able to get to the animals. Here are a couple pf pictures for perspective.

my step-dad impersonating mr. tiger…

the girls and a camel

our family, someone else’s arms, and a giraffe…

Kylie, me and a couple giraffes…

Kylie and a zebra…

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Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. A great time was had by all!

  2. Looks good to me! Guess you’ll have to take the girls to the zoo by your house in order to see some lions. 🙂

  3. […] year we celebrated Alyssa’s home-iversary with a trip to the Oakland Zoo. This year however, with me being about to pop, and Russell having to work we weren’t able to […]


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