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Charles Paddock Zoo Charles Paddock Zoo

Charles Paddock Zoo

With acres of nature preserves, parks, beaches, and hills teeming with animal life, a vacation in San Luis Obispo, CA can seem like going on safari—especially for urbanites. So don’t be surprised if your city-smart kids suddenly want a pair of binoculars and a subscription to National Geographic for Christmas after a visit to SLO.

Once you’ve visited sites like San Simeon (where elephant seals climb on the beaches and where Hearst Castle’s zebras and other private zoo animals roam freely); the Monarch Grove in Pismo Beach (where thousands of butterflies gather each year); and Morro Bay where seals, otters and other sea birds and mammals bask in the calm waters, head to the Charles Paddock Zoo for more wild adventures.

Established in 1955 by park ranger Charles Paddock, who nursed wild animals back to health, Charles Paddock Zoo is now a fully accredited zoo, exhibiting over 100 animals on 5 park-like acres within beautiful Atascadero Lake Park and remaining true to its commitment to wild animal conservation, propagation and management.

See local and exotic animals like sloths, porcupines, pythons, tigers, monkeys, foxes, turtles and many other bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and invertebrate wildlife attractions at the zoo. Kids can learn about rare species and wildlife conservation and families will enjoy affordable prices and fun events like the Summer Camps and Classes and the Twilight Safaris.


9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, California


  • Adults 12 & over $7.00
  • Children 3 to 11 $5.00
  • Seniors 65+ $6.00
  • Children 2 years and under -- FREE
  • Members -- FREE
  • Pets are not allowed in the zoo.


  • Open 7 days a week
  • Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Summer Hours (April 1 – October 31)
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Winter Hours (November 1 – March 31)
  • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm