Voted best in the Bay Area, these zoos, nature centers and aquariums are sure to supply endless hours of fun and educational activity for kids and adults alike. Regardless of where you live in the Bay Area, you can find something to do to get your furry (or slithery) creature fix.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey
Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium located in the heart of Monterey, California. Spend your time perusing 45 interactive exhibits which feature fish, birds, reptiles, octopi and invertebrates or make a reservation for a tour. Here you will find no shortage of things to do!
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
748 Story Road, San Jose
Check out this fun little zoo which houses anteaters, lemurs, zebras and many other adorable animals. Happy Hollow Park and Zoo also offers amusement park rides for the littles!
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard at The Great Highway, San Francisco
Possibly the most well-known zoo in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Zoo is the largest home in the area to exotic, rescued and endangered animals. This is a great place not only for animal lovers but botanists too! Enjoy strolling through peaceful gardens with both foreign and native plants.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
The California Academy of Sciences is a spectacular treasure wrapped up in a plant-covered roof with retractable ceiling, a living coral reef, a three story rain forest and a gigantic planetarium. Did we mention the adorable little penguins? This eco-friendly adventure is rich in biodiversity and a great place for the older kids who enjoy learning!
9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
The Oakland Zoo is home to 660 native and exotic animals spread across 525 rolling acres in the Oakland area. This zoo also offers fun rides like the “Outback Express Adventure Train” and the “Serengeti Safari” which are great for giving little ones a break on big zoo trips.