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  • Aquarium of the Bay
    Quick: talk about river otters. Here are a few facts to get you started: they're members of the weasel family, they can swim at speeds reaching 7 miles per hour, and a group of them is known, tellingly, as a romp. The keepers at Aquarium of the Bay have spent months studying these sorts of facts and figures, studiously preparing for the arrival of their brand-new residents. In Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, these river kings and queens get some well-earned attention, with exhibits tracing everything from their daily habits to their conservation status. The otters aren't alone, of course. The 50,000 square foot facility houses three main exhibit areas devoted entirely to marine life native to San Francisco Bay. These include Under the Bay, where Moon Jellies float amidst ambient lighting inside a 725-gallon cylinder tank. They share the exhibit with two tunnel tanks, which provide an undersea view of giant Pacific octopuses, spiny dogfish, swirling schools of anchovies, and the sevengill shark, the largest shark native to the bay. Visitors eager to put their other senses to work can head over to the aquarium's touch pools, where their fingertips can graze juvenile bat rays, leopard sharks, and sea stars. Daily programs enrich visits with interactive presentations in the Bay Lab?the aquarium's land animal area?including feeding shows. And though not included in this Groupon and membership, behind the scenes tours escort guests through all of the aquarium's highlights. Over in the Bay Theater, 3D films and award-winning documentaries examine subjects such as shark species and marine conservation, while magician Timothy Noonan's 75-minute interactive show blends family-friendly comedy with illusions such as pulling a whale out of a hat.
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    2 Beach St.
    San Francisco, 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
  • 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
  • Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo
    Head to Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo in San Leandro for a relaxing and well-deserved day at the spa. Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo allows for convenient forms of payment, accepting all major credit cards. Feel nourished and refreshed this weekend with a visit to Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo.
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    2433 San Leandro Boulevard
    San Leandro, CA US
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Rsrve
    Armstrong Redwoods State Rsrve is a great place in Guerneville to clear your mind and walk off a day's stress. Check out this park's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this park — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    17000 Armstrong Woods Road
    Guerneville, CA US
  • Old Faithful Geyser of California
    Every 30 minutes in a grassy stretch of Calistoga, an underground river grows restless. The water, heated by magma far below the earth's surface, boils and rises through fissures in the ground. When it reaches the open air, it shoots upward in a towering spigot—up to 100 feet high. This display is known as the Old Faithful Geyser of California, a natural wonder that shares the title of "old faithful" with only two other geysers in the world due to their dependable schedule. A picnic ground at the geyser site allows guests to eat lunch against panoramic views of the Pacific Palisades and Mount Saint Helena. While they wait for the next eruption, visitors can greet the on-site petting zoo's animals—guard llamas, Jacob's four-horned sheep, and Tennessee Fainting Goats, named for their tendency to fall over and fan themselves when startled.
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    1299 Tubbs Ln.
    Calistoga, CA US

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