Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo and amusement park that opened in 1961 in San Jose, California. It was shuttered in 2008 for extensive refurbishment and reopened on March 20, 2010.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hollow_Park_%26_Zoo

Jaycees members Alden Campen and Ernie Renzel started developing the park in 1956. On behalf of the city, they acquired the original 7.5 acres (3 ha) at the north end of present-day Kelley Park for $300,000.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hollow_Park_%26_Zoo

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a wonderful blend of amusements, family rides, play spaces, a Puppet Theater, and a zoo with over 140 animals, ranging from endangered lemurs to miniature horses. There are year-round classes for children ages 12 months t, o adults, as well as seasonal activities. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo provides family and individual annual memberships.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).



  • Puppet theater
  • Education center built out of hay bales with year-round classes for 12 months to adult
  • Animal Hospital with outdoor and indoor quarantine, radiology, and surgery
  • Rides and structures for toddlers and children featuring swings, slides, climbing areas, and ropes.
  • Keep-around-carousel, Danny the Dragon Ride, and the Pacific Fruit Express Family Roller Coaster
  • Other rides that are part of the Giggle Grove Area include Kiddie Swings, Dragon Flyer, The Granny Bugs, Frog Hopper, and The Mini Putts.


  • “Parallel play area” for children: next to endangered lemurs
  • Petting zoo with an animal barn
  • Animal exhibits include collared peccary, black and white ruffed lemur, fossa, jaguar, guinea pigs, red panda, pygmy goat, fennec fox, speckled pigeon, and a lot more. 

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

748 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95112, United States
Phone: 408-794-6400
Get on I-280 N from S 11th St
4 min (1.0 mi)
Take CA-87 to Blossom Hill Rd. Take exit 4 from CA-85 S
8 min (7.2 mi)

Drive to your destination – Silicon Valley Dental Center 2 min (0.7 mi)