We are so glad that you are planning a trip to the Oakland Zoo! The Zoo itself sits inside 525-acre Knowland Park and is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. There's a lot to see and do while you're here. To make your time the most enjoyable it can be, please review the information below.
If you still have questions, please call our General Information number: (510) 632-9525.
Summer Hours: May 25 - September 2
Zoo and Rides Area Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday*, Sunday, & Holidays: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Member "Wake up Zoo" for Members Only
Monday - Sunday*: 9:30am - 10:00am
Member "Wake up Zoo" for Members only allows members to enter the Zoo before the general public.
*Saturday, June 21, 2014 the Zoo is closed to prepare for our annual fundraiser, "Walk in the Wild". The Zoo is also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day so staff may spend the holidays with their families.
Children Under 2 & adults 80+: Free
Children ages 2-14 & Seniors 65-79: $11.75
Adults 15-64: $15.75
Parking: $8.00 per car / $12.00 per bus.
25 cents from each admission helps conservation in the wild. See our Admissions page for detailed admission prices or to find out about special discounts for military families and groups of 12 or more.
Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located just off Highway 580 in Oakland. You can reach the Zoo by car, bike, or public transportation.
The Zoo is open to the public year round except for Saturday, June 22,2013 (annual fundraiser), Thanksgiving, and Christmas so staff may spend the holidays with their families. We want each and every trip to the Zoo to be safe, educational, exciting, and unforgettable. We ask that all visitors adhere to all of the rules and regulations we have set forth for the protection and safety of all the people and the animals. In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo may be forced to close. Call (510) 632-9525 to reach the General Zoo Information line.
Please note: Dogs or other pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds or in parking areas. Service dogs are allowed to enter Zoo grounds.
The Oakland Zoo features a variety of dining opportunities for the entire family. In addition to the food options inside the Zoo, visitors are welcome to use the picnic tables and benches, sprawl out in the meadow, or rent a Picnic Site.
Please note: For the safety of the animals, the Zoo does not provide straws or soft drink lids.
Planning Your Visit
Dining at the Zoo
Explore The Zoo
History & Future Planning
East Bay Zoological Society