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Dallas Zoo

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Address: 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203-3013
Phone Number:
+1 469-554-7500
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers...

The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers fun, educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family. The Zoo's mission is to inspire a passion for nature and conserve wildlife, and guests can see a number of endangered species and learn about a variety of conservation projects the Dallas Zoo supports. Opened in 2010, our award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat is internationally known. The savanna features elephants, ostrich, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and guineafowl, often mingling together. The Dallas Zoo is home to a herd of five female elephants and 11 giraffes, which guests can feed by hand. Guests will see the fastest land mammal on Earth, the cheetah, as well as African lions who often spend their days sleeping just inches away from the viewing wall inside the Serengeti Grill restaurant. The Wilds of Africa area features rare animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees and okapi. Guests will enjoy getting eye-to-eye with African penguins as they swim effortlessly underwater. Highlights of the ZooNorth section include the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, a top-rated reptile and amphibian complex featuring albino alligators, and the Koala Walkabout, featuring the only koalas in Texas, red kangaroo, wallabies, and a lorikeet feeding area for up-close adventures. For alternative transportation to the Dallas Zoo, consider the DART Red Line, which delivers guests to the Zoo's front entrance.

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The African Savannah is spectacular! Almost thought we were on an African plain, except I perceived the elephants calmer and giraffes almost domesticated. Still the expanse of... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

The African Savannah is spectacular! Almost thought we were on an African plain, except I perceived the elephants calmer and giraffes almost domesticated. Still the expanse of the exhibit was the most realistic of any zoo. We look toward to the upcoming hippo exhibit!

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Flower Mound, Texas
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Went on a spring weekday, very uncrowded - so had a lovely time. You can take a scenic monorail tour of "Africa" , feed giraffes and get pretty close to animals as they have special exhibits throughout the day. The loin exhibit was amazing as they demonstrated how they trained the lions - they were really close to us! My... More 

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Dallas Fort Worth
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Waiting in line for the monorail is worth the wait! It pays to plan out your visit via the map before starting your day even if you do it after walking in the main gate. The Dallas Zoo is fairly large and mapping out your "must sees" is advisable.

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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144 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

We took our 3-year-old grandson and were disappointed. The exhibits are so spread apart we spent quite a bit of time just walking from one to the other. The train was not working and we were told this happens often. For the size of zoo we really expected more.

Thank CREED2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had a great time here. Definitely bring comfortable shoes because there is a lot to see so you'll spend at least 3 hours here. I wish the animals were more awake and lively though. I think we came too early (noon) and they were still sleepy? It was still a good time though.

Thank Cynthia N
Irving, Texas
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is a great place to visit with family. Very clean kept zoo. Plenty of animals in natural habitats. Staff are very helpful in answering questions.

Thank CherylHoffman
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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Took bus to and from downtown. Spent over 3 hours at Zoo on a Monday. Very quiet time to go as kids are in school. Loved the giraffes as they get so close! All of the lectures by the staff were very fun as the animals were very responsive to the keepers! Do NOT miss the monorail ride in Africa!... More 

Thank MarylandJen
Abilene, Texas
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

This zoo is pretty big. There are different sections that relate to where the animals come from in the world. The whole thing was very clean and well-maintained. The animals actually had pretty decent enclosures, unlike many zoos that I have been to. Many aspects of the zoo are similar to any other zoo. This zoo had many of the... More 

Thank AmandaChristion
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

We had a wonderful Saturday at the Dallas Zoo! We live in Houston so that is a comparison I can make. While the Houston zoo feels like it has more animals, the Dallas Zoo is more open and the habitats more authentic looking. I love how everything is incorporated into the scenery, even the foodstands. We loved walking through and... More 

Thank amandadean28
Clarksville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

As we hit zoos wherever we go this was a must. The price was great and although it was a busy day it was not so crowded you could not enjoy exhibits. Great place for families or couples.

Thank Rich L

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