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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Address: 500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
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+1 956-546-7187
09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00

Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of...

Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.

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Been to Zoos around the US and other countries and this zoo is one of the best! Pros Easy to navigate Exhibits are good Bathrooms located throughout Scenery is nice Bird... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Israel R
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Been to Zoos around the US and other countries and this zoo is one of the best! Pros Easy to navigate Exhibits are good Bathrooms located throughout Scenery is nice Bird exhibit is my favorite Cons Parking can be a chance at times Summertime is hot! Brutal Could use some updating Overall really enjoyed it!

Thank Israel R
South Padre Island, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only is this a great zoo and a must do. They rehabilitated an injured blue heron back to health. This blue heron was released to its new home in the wild 3 days ago. They have wonderful people that care greatly for the animals. Behind the scenes actions that needs to be noticed as well. Thanks for all you... More 

Thank Fins2Feathers
Fargo, ND
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't expect the San Diego Zoo or The Living Desert, but well worth visit. We found it best to visit on an overcast, not too hot, day. We took our time going through; spent less than 4 hours there.

Thank FargoKim
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely recommend to stop here and take photos with the family. All the animals usually out to take great pictures with a great atmosphere

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Orlando, Florida
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125 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had read that Gladys Porter was a pretty decent zoo and decided to visit when we were in the area. It was a rainy day but with a perk - their group of gorillas carousing in delight, catching raindrops on their tongues, rolling in their shallow moat, and greatly enjoying the rain. By no means a state-of-the-art zoo but... More 

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Burbank, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to Brownsville for 10 yrs and always visit the zoo witch I believe is the best that says a lot.

Thank tomshav41
Mexico City, Mexico
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The zoo is really well designed, the animals have a lot of space to move around and they seem healthy and happy! Recommended for families and couples

Thank SofiCortes
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I loved the zoo ...it was easy to get around, animals were in wonderful habitats and the journey to worldwide geographic areas was engaging! The adults lived it as much as the kiddos!

Thank crino402
San Marcos
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

All the animals seemed healthy and happy! Enclosures were well maintained and setup in a manner that allowed you to view the animals yet it gave them security and comfort. None of them seemed to be lacking or in need of anything. We met staff member, Ms. Nancy Vetter, she was very pleasant and gave us some zoo history. She... More 

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Fairport, New York
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

The Gladys Porter Zoo is nice surprise for zoo goers. It is small enough to be able to do the whole zoo in a reasonable time (preferably early when the heat is less and the animals are moving) and it is large enough to have a good mix of animals. They also have aquatic life. One of the fun bonuses... More 

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