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Dallas Zoo

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650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203-3013
+1 469-554-7500
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Gorillas regularly escape (and may harm you).

2 times that I can remember - A massive Silver back escaped its pen and began pummeling the... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
mason t
Royse City
Terrible zoo for older family

This zoo is good for young children ONLY!! I've been to PA, SC,NH,NC zoos and this was by far the... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2016
Melissa M
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“wilds of africa” (35 reviews)
“train ride” (27 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (25 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203-3013
+1 469-554-7500
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

2 times that I can remember - A massive Silver back escaped its pen and began pummeling the patrons, because kids were mocking him. He took a few stpes back and got a running start. Leaping on top of the speed bumps, designed to slow...More

1  Thank mason t
DallasZooManagement, Public Relations Manager at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2016

Dear Mason, you have unfairly characterized us, and that's not cool. In fact, we're going to have to report this, because it's not even a "review," which is what TripAdvisor's all about. The gorilla incident you reference happened more than 12 years ago. Since then,...More

Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

This zoo is good for young children ONLY!! I've been to PA, SC,NH,NC zoos and this was by far the worst. Very little to see and exhibits are small.More

Thank Melissa M
DallasZooManagement, Public Relations Manager at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Hi, Melissa. I'm so sorry that you had a disappointing trip. We're rated one of the top zoos in the U.S., so I'm trying to figure out what happened. I hope you didn't miss part of our 106 acres! It's easy to do because we're...More

Reviewed 15 July 2016

This was my first visit to a zoo in over 20 years. Great improvements have been made in living areas for the animals which I liked. But beware animals can be in areas where they are hard or impossible to see. Excellent staff - thoroughly...More

Thank lookingback
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I really do not like to see animals in cages and captivities. But it's a good chance to see them in very good conditions. Hot and dry place. You can spend your half day by strolling in there. Children likes very much.

Thank erdogany_13
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

The zoo is ever changing for the better. The animals seem well cared for. I love the Big Cats and they seem happy there. I did encounter a couple of aggressive panhandlers in the parking area, but they were handled by security who quickly escorted...More

Thank RoadKillYum
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Used to be, you had to go to the Ft Worth zoo for a decent experience. I'm happy to say, though, over the last decade the Dallas zoo has really upped their game. It's a great experience for the entire family. Dont want to drive?...More

Thank Darla J
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We did the zoo in about two hours. We ordered our tickets and parking ahead of time, so they gave our tickets to us as we drove into the parking lot. We didn't have to wait in any line to get in. We went on...More

Thank Daniela C
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Big zoo at south of Dallas city, this place is fantastic for family, have a lot of different animals, I love the giraffe so, for me was really cool having the giraffe in front of me and feeding over there. Also has a big place...More

Thank enghelicious M
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Dallas zoo is always fun. They have really added some great exhibits and soon have a new baby elephant.

Thank pesmith101
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Portions of the zoo require a great deal of stamina to walk uphill, even the kids were worn out. They do have a cool monorail type train, and an excellent "splash pad" type area that is great to let the kids cool off during a...More

Thank elizabeth r
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Response from shhparents | Reviewed this property |
Gotta see the new Hippo exhibit. Hands down the best exhibit. Also check out Kia in the birds of prey. She's a beautiful harpy eagle.
14 May 2017|
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Response from topper711 | Reviewed this property |
I would go with never stop advice either way you can't go wrong at the zoo!
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Response from DudesAdrift | Reviewed this property |
If you are at a hotel anywhere on a DART rail line, it is easy to get to the zoo. If you are not near DART rail line, take Uber to the nearest station. Zoo is on the red DART line.