Today's Hours
10AM - 5PM

Visit The Zoo

The Charles Paddock Zoo is the ONLY Zoo on the Central Coast and is home to hundreds of species from all over the world. We have numerous animals that are part of globally managed programs to preserve animals and their habitats. If you want to engage with some of the rarest animals in the world in a safe and respectful environment then visit us often!

Zoo Hours

Zoo Hours

The Zoo is Open!


We are pleased to be open our gates once again and we appreciate your patience as we adapt to the new COVID-19 guidelines.

These new guidelines include:

  • Guests over the age of 2 are strongly advised to wear face coverings for the safety of our animals: primates and cats have been found to be susceptible to COVID-19 transmission. By wearing face coverings, you are helping us keep them healthy; 
  • Masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 inside our gift shop; 
  • We encourage our guests to practice safe social distancing: we've painted foot prints throughout the zoo following social distancing protocols. This will make it easier for you and your family members to maintain 6ft distance for other groups;
  • Certain areas of the Zoo will be closed until further notice: these areas include, but are not limited to: walk-through aviary; drinking fountains; quarters for conservation wishing well; turtle photo-op. We understand that the closure of these areas might impact your experience at the zoo and we appreciate your understanding.

Please remember that our staff is available to answer any questions you may have during your visit and continue to visit our website as well as our Facebook page for continued updates. Once again, we appreciate your patience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Charles Paddock Zoo. 

April 1st - October 31st
10:00am - 5:00pm

November 1st - March 31st
10:00am - 4:00pm

Open 7 days a week

Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

Admission Prices

Admission Prices

Adults 13 & Over $13

Children 5 to 12 $8

Children 3 to 4 $5

Seniors 65+ $11

Children 2 & Under FREE


Charles Paddock Zoo
9100 Morro Road
Atascadero, CA 93422


Zoo Map

Zoo Map

Charles Paddock Zoo layout map.
See where all of your favorite exhibits are!
Click below to see the map.

Zoo Layout Map (PDF)