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Houston Zoo

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Address: 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1710
Phone Number: +1 713-533-6500
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience...

The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have over 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.

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You will be impressed!!!

One of the best zoos in the country! New gorilla exhibit is stunning. Allow lots of time, it's huge.

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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the best zoos in the country! New gorilla exhibit is stunning. Allow lots of time, it's huge.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

During the Holiday Season, the Houston Zoo runs evening holiday lights, self-walk tours through the zoo area. Special tickets are required and can be purchased online. It is a nice family event for young and teenage children alike. Only a few animal exhibits are open, but the setting is quite nice for this evening walk through.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We couldn't be happier with our visit to Houston Zoo. So many beautiful animals in great enclosures, our favourites being the elephants, silver back gorillas, orangutans and giraffes. Feeding the giraffes was a awesome highlight my kids will remember for a long time. As you'd expect, zoo food is average and pretty junky, but I wasn't expecting anything better. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We absolutely loved visiting this zoo with our triplets! The train ride was a favorite of theirs and it was wonderful. The crowd wasn't too bad and the weather was fine for us. We are Dallas Zoo members and it was a nice surprise to see animals at the Houston Zoo that we normally do not see at our home... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love to visit Zoos and observe animals and birds. Had been a to a lot of manmade jungles but Houston Zoo is the best I have ever been. A lot of place to walk around. very clean and well maintained. Helpful signboards and direction boards, affordable inside dining and much more. The indoor special habitat for rare species of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The zoo is massive, the staff really helpful and the range of animals impressive. The only small negative would be the petting zoo only having goats. The enclosures are well set up and look appealing. Feeding the giraffes was a highlight.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had such a blast at the Houston Zoo. There was a large variety of animals, a lot of which were up-close, which was awesome for the kids. As we walked through, there were many opportunities for feedings of limited animals, but there were also workers who stood outside and talked about the animals. This was a really cool way... More 

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What better way to walk off those extra holiday pounds than to head to the zoo on a lovely Fall day? The weather Saturday could not have been better, so we were able to see every exhibit at the zoo. The elephants are always adorable, though this visit we watched the youngest pick up poo and eat it! Grossed out... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The animals were obviously very well cared for. Not enough room in some of the enclosures - the ostriches were in with the giraffes and I could see they were trying to run, but there was not enough room for them. There were only 2 places to eat which were open. One just served pizza, nothing else. The other served... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The first important lesson we learned is that you must get there to park at least 30minutes before the zoo opens. The zoo doesn't have parking so you must park in the lots throughout the green space and if they are filled you will need to park at the medical center and walk to the zoo. We have visited many... More 

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