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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Closes in 7 min: 09:00 - 17:30
Open today: 09:00 - 17:30
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summer zoo visit

Beautiful facility, very attractive exhibits and we love the new additions. Water playground was... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Brownsville, Texas
Lazing Away on a Hot Day

Good outdoor animal viewing areas with some air conditioned indoor exhibits. There’s a petting... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2018
Randolph, New Jersey
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
Closes in 7 min
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:30
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Beautiful facility, very attractive exhibits and we love the new additions. Water playground was impressive.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rrasco56
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Good outdoor animal viewing areas with some air conditioned indoor exhibits. There’s a petting area for the kids to enjoy. Most of the mammals aren’t too active in the hot sun and are usually resting in shade areas in the back of their enclosures. A...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We go every couple of months with the family, the zoo is always a great place to take family of all ages! Probably one of the better zoos in Texas! Highly recommend it!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JLMPerez2011travel
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed my experience here. There are so many beautiful animals. Be sure to pick out what's most important for you to see because you may be tired of walking before you see everything.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank oscarleegarza
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Very nice and compact zoo with encouraging educational and engaging community programs. There's quite a variety. Definitely worth visiting!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank SOMA M
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

this is a spectacular small zoo. you can feed flamingos and giraffes for $2 each. kids loved it! great variety of animals, only missing elephants. must visit!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JavaBLove
Reviewed 27 July 2018

This zoo was very enjoyable for the children. It was well thought out with well marked exhibits and directions. There is some free parking but otherwise is $5. No elephants but lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank W8219GYjim
Reviewed 24 July 2018

fee is fair, zoo overall is good didn't see so many employess, gift shop is good, kids playground fair should add more water to it

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank gaytan05
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Great variety of animals...perfect for families...very kid friendly. Lots of shade even on a hot day. We will go back again and again.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Duane C
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

I used to love going to the zoo, but now it doesn’t have as many animals. Now that I take my kids to the zoo, it saddens me when they ask me if I’ve ever seen an elephant or a rhino. The zoo used to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from W8219GYjim | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any.
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Response from Ashley M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I am not sure of prices. You are allowed to bring your own though!