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  • Oakland Zoo
    Oakland Zoo was first established in 1922, but it didn?t find its permanent home until 1939, when it was thoughtfully constructed amid the rolling hills of Knowland Park. Today, Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 animals, who thrive in biomes designed to mimic their natural environments. The sprawling African savannah is one of the zoo?s largest habitats, housing hyenas, zebras, elephants, and giraffes. The centerpiece is a 1.5-acre lion exhibit called Simba Pori, which translates to lion county in Swahili. Inside, a pride of lions freely roam an enclosure outfitted with kopje rock structures, a pond, and a booth where the king can sign autographs. Over in the rainforest habitat, chimpanzees and white-handed gibbons swing through the treetops. Emus and wallaroos?a cousin of the wallaby and the kangaroo?roam freely in the Wild Australia exhibit, accessible via one of the zoo?s rides, Outback Express Adventure Train. Other rides include the Endangered Species Carousel and Sky Ride, a chairlift that soars above the habitats and offers Bay Area skyline views.
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    9777 Golf Links Rd.
    Oakland, CA US
  • San Francisco Zoo
    This zoo received its first animal in 1889—a grizzly bear believed to be the last in captivity. More than a century later, it shelters 1,000+ exotic and endangered animals. It’s also home to the a six-acre petting zoo, plus the largest outdoor lemur exhibit in the country and the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world.
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    Sloat Blvd and the Great Highway
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Micke Grove Zoological Society
    Founded to provide financial support for the Micke Grove Zoo, Society provides educational opportunities and community involvement in the zoo's growth for its members. Members and their families get free access to the zoo itself, where they can visit tamarins, Madagascar tortoises, and a golden eagle. It also hosts hands-on animal encounters for families and school groups where students get a chance to learn about the behaviors and habitats of some of the zoo's denizens. Members also gain discounts in the gift shop and at other zoos and aquariums across the country.
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    11793 N Micke Grove Rd
    Lodi, CA US
  • Ardenwood Historic Farm
    By the Numbers: Ardenwood Historic Farm 1849—the year George Washington Patterson began farming this land 1985—the year the East Bay Regional Park District re-opened the property as a fully functioning farm 17 sites to explore, including an aviary, a barnyard, a Victorian garden, a historic home, and a blacksmith shop 1 horse-drawn train to ride, complete with a staff dressed in Victorian-era costumes 5 kinds of animals to visit with, including cows, goats, pigs, and sheep 90+ varieties of birds spotted on the property 18+ types of organic produce available for purchase 3 months to see visiting monarch butterflies, from December to mid-February
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    34600 Ardenwood Blvd
    Fremont, CA US
  • Winchester Mystery House
    Winchester Mystery House is an imposing Victorian mansion built by Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. The house's floor plan is a study in eccentricity, boasting details including twisting hallways, secret passages, and stairways that lead nowhere. Sarah Winchester built her profoundly odd home in an effort to drive away bad spirits, including that of her late husband, whom she believed cursed her upon his death. While Sarah compulsively remodeled the house until her death in 1922, historians estimate there must have been between 500 and 600 rooms built in total. Due to the extensive remodeling and the ravages of time, only 160 rooms remain—though, by any standard, the house remains a sprawling homage to Sarah Winchester's tormented mind. Today, visitors make their pilgrimage to the house to witness in person all its peculiar glory. The home is lovingly restored and now plays host to a number of fun, bone-chilling excursions each day. Thrill seekers can stalk through the halls by flashlight during guided tours that divulge the sordid details of Sarah Winchester's nightly séances. History buffs can explore rooms dedicated to period furniture, antique trinkets, and vintage firearms found in the home. A gift shop and café onsite give guests the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, some more edible than others.
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    525 S Winchester Boulevard
    San Jose, CA US
  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
    At Happy Hollow, kids can wander through a maze, climb into a giant treehouse, catch a puppet show, and meet two giant anteaters named Xander and Xena, all in the same day. Zookeepers even provide the opportunity to meet some animals outside of their enclosures at various times throughout the day.
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    1300 Senter Rd
    San Jose, CA US

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