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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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It's been over 30 years since I've been to the Houston Zoo. They have made numerous improvements. It's worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Hal B
Johnson City, Tennessee
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's been over 30 years since I've been to the Houston Zoo. They have made numerous improvements. It's worth a visit.

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

Houston Zoo is must see they have so many up dated exhibits and the children's zoo is fantastic try to go on a week day if you can to afford the crowds and parking is a little tight on the weekend

Thank Denise R
Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I grew up in Houston, but had not been to the Zoo in many years. They have made some wonderful improvements to the landscape and the overall design over the years! If the weather is nice, it is a great family destination. Be prepared for difficulty with parking on the weekends, though and pack your patience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was here when they my family. My not so fun part was with the reptiles don't like snakes. But I'm surely enjoyed the sea lion.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 6 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 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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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