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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Address: 500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
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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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We to the zoo with 19 other people and we did the VIP tour. It started at 9:00 in the morning and we were treated with cookies, donuts, coffee and orange juice before the tour... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Ron O
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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173 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We to the zoo with 19 other people and we did the VIP tour. It started at 9:00 in the morning and we were treated with cookies, donuts, coffee and orange juice before the tour started. The tour consisted of a behind the seen tour of the zoo. The inner workings. They also took us into the kangaroo cage to... More 

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Thank Ron O
Corpus Christi, Texas
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think the zoo has declined some since my first visit about 10 or 15 years ago. The beautiful wild, tall poinsettias at the entrance have been made into a parking lot. There seem to be more concession stands around the park and there are now 2 gift shops. A very small aquarium has been added and there was construction... More 

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Thank Pam L
Mission, Texas
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217 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great little zoo with lots of animals. We were disappointed that several exhibits were closed. But all in all it was a gem of a zoo. Food and drink kiosks scattered throughout. There is even a nice playground stop for the kids. Lots of places to shelter out of the sun or rain. Well worth a visit.

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Thank CathyDArizona
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Many,many creatures of all types. Very clean facilities. Animals well cared for. Friendly staff. Very reasonably priced.

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Thank john m
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our son to the zoo as it was within walking distance of our families home. The zoo is bigger than I expected but seems to be in desperate need of improvement. Its not that expensive and a good break in the day to take your children or get out and walk around.

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Thank Tony F
Brownsville, Texas
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244 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a big fan of Zoos but this one is nicely arranged and with the hot climate the exotic animals seem to be happy.

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Thank KaiUWulff
West Des Moines, Iowa
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52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sometimes Texans can be a little over enthusiastic in their praise of Texas attractions. In the case of the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, the praise is well deserved. The place is clean -- period. The animals all looked healthy and alert from the big cats and apes to the smallest exhibits. Indoor exhibits are spread around the grounds which... More 

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Thank Leonard W
Harlingen, Texas
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live in Harlingen and find ourselves going to zoo at least once a year since we moved here. I've been to a lot of zoos all over United States and this one is one of the best I've been to. The unique animals and exhibits make it fun for everyone! We have teenage kids and they enjoy it just... More 

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Thank beedub98
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They finally added an aquarium and although the zoo seems outdated in some areas, this zoo is always a pleasure to visit.

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Anoka, Minnesota
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting the area we spent a day at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Cost was $12 per adult and $5 for parking. It is a wonderful Zoo. We enjoyed walking the many paths that brought us to a very large assortment of animals. I especially enjoyed the primates.

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