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CuriOdyssey, San Mateo

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CuriOdyssey is a science museum and zoo for children and families where visitors can see wild animals up-close and visit interactive science exhibits. CuriOdyssey is home to nearly 100 rescued animals, most native to California, that cannot survive in the wild. CuriOdyssey's custom-designed exhibits are a science playground where kids play with scientific phenomena, including physical forces, perceptions, and reflections, patterns in nature and backyard science.

Located at 1651 Coyote Point Drive in San Mateo, California, it is part of the Coyote Point Recreation Area, which overlooks the San Francisco Bay. The museum was founded in 1954 as the San Mateo County Junior Museum, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

CuriOdyssey connects kids to nature with daily public animal feedings and educational programs where visitors meet the museum's Animal Ambassadors. CuriOdyssey is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). CuriOdyssey also participates in the Museums for All program, offering free admission and reduced-cost membership to qualifying families.
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  • We enjoyed coming here when the kids were little. Very limited exhibits but managably sized for 2-3 hours with small kids. 
    We enjoyed coming here when the kids were little. Very limited exhibits but managably sized for 2-3 hours with small kids.  more »
  • A friend of ours wanted to take our son and her son. We saw the price of admission and it was more than the SF or Oakland Zoo. If she hadn’t offered to pay, we would have waited at the park down the.....  more
    A friend of ours wanted to take our son and her son. We saw the price of admission and it was more than the SF or Oakland Zoo. If she hadn’t offered to pay, we would have waited at the park down the.....  more »
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  • Great fun for all ages. Interactive exhibits and a mini zoo. If you have a zoo membership you can get 50% off. Their animals include birds, reptiles, a wolf, 2 bobcast, 3 or 4 raccoons, a porcupine and a river otter. They also have their own magical bridge playground. After we leave we always hang out in the back to watch the planes come in. It's a great view of Sf and Oakland on a clear day.
  • I have lived in San Mateo county since 1989 and I finally made time to visit the CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point. The small zoo is cute and is essentially a rehabilitation center for injured animals. We thought the lone otter exhibit was the most fun because the otter loved our attention. The avairy was closed due to the bird flu pandemic. The CuriOdyssey should charge 1/2 admission since the avairy is a big part of the zoo. I also enjoyed the light room located the Redwood area of the science center. If you have a chance, I recommend a visit.

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