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“Great Family Day at the Zoo”
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
Ranked #12 of 245 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers fun, educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family. The Zoo's mission is to inspire a passion for nature and conserve wildlife, and guests can see a number of endangered species and learn about a variety of conservation projects the Dallas Zoo supports. Opened in 2010, our award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat is internationally known. The savanna features elephants, ostrich, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and guineafowl, often mingling together. The Dallas Zoo is home to a herd of five female elephants and 11 giraffes, which guests can feed by hand. Guests will see the fastest land mammal on Earth, the cheetah, as well as African lions who often spend their days sleeping just inches away from the viewing wall inside the Serengeti Grill restaurant. The Wilds of Africa area features rare animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees and okapi. Guests will enjoy getting eye-to-eye with African penguins as they swim effortlessly underwater. Highlights of the ZooNorth section include the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, a top-rated reptile and amphibian complex featuring albino alligators, and the Koala Walkabout, featuring the only koalas in Texas, red kangaroo, wallabies, and a lorikeet feeding area for up-close adventures. For alternative transportation to the Dallas Zoo, consider the DART Red Line, which delivers guests to the Zoo's front entrance.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 June 2014

If you are a zoo member at a zoo other than the Dallas Zoo be sure to take your membership card. We are members of the OKC Zoo, but forgot to take our membership card along and that would've saved 50% of admission. That adds up as entry for two adults and one child was $42 at regular admission. You will also save at concessions.

As for the zoo, we try to visit as many zoos as possible on our travels and the Dallas Zoo is one of the better zoos. The layout is easy and exhibits are well done. Make sure to ride the monorail for an overhead look at a few of the exhibits you won't see by foot. The reptile building was very interesting. And the gorilla exhibit was one of the better viewing opportunities we've seen. Our son especially enjoyed (us too) the giraffe feeding landing. Very fun.

Like most zoos the food was expensive, but actually pretty good at the cafe. We would probably go back at some point to visit again.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We did the Backstage Safari in addition to the zoo and if it's in your budget it is recommended. The money goes toward conservation and your experience will be like nothing else. The keepers who ran the program were highly informed and were able to answer any and all questions. At this time they let us feed elephants, sit with a penguin on our lap for a photo, get close to a cheetah and her companion, pet an owl, and feed an arboreal ant eater. We will be talking about this experience for a long time.
The rest of the zoo is nicely designed. Lots of trees and shade and some cooling fans to keep you comfortable on your walk through the zoo. The animals all looked healthy and were active. We went on a Saturday, there were lots of docents and keepers around to answer questions at exhibits. Several baby animals out in the exhibits were a treat to see.
Note: SMOKING is still permitted at this zoo. That was the only downside of the trip. With so many public places nation-wide banning smoking, a place such as the zoo seems like another that would be acceptable to move the smoking outside the gates for the health and benefit of the animals and their people guests.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I recently travelled to the Dallas zoo, a two and a half hour drive one way for us, and I must say it was well worth the drive. All of the exhibits were well maintained and the animals were visible from several directions so it didn't feel like we were bumping elbows with anyone. One highlight was definitely feeding and petting the giraffes, something I have never experienced at any other zoo before. We also really enjoyed the monorail. The reptile house had a new albino alligator that was really pretty and the gorilla trail was a beautiful walk. My husband and I are big zoo fans and I must say we can't wait to go back. This zoo was awesome!

Thank Em H
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DallasZooManagement, Public Relations Manager at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

Hi, Em H! Thanks for taking a drive to come see us. We're glad you had a great time, and we'll keep working hard to stay engaging! We look forward to seeing you again. -- Laurie H.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Our grandchildren love being taken to this zoo. Through generous donations, the zoo is becoming a more important 'must visit' attraction. Don't miss the monorail for a wonderful overview of the park.

The children's section offers hands on experiences with animals. A child friendly river runs through it. It's our granddaughters favorite spot. Bring swimsuits for the children. Toilets are conveniently located nearby. It's a great and cooling break for everyone. Horse rides are offered for a fee. This is a nice place to entertain the children for an afternoon.

Thank Meade66
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We have a large family and have enjoyed going to the zoo with kids and adults of all ages for years now. Every time we go we are still find something new while going back to our favorite exhibits. Feeding the giraffes is by far that best part of the zoo. They are so friendly and used to people feeding them. I have seen the giraffes lick and allow people to pet them. If you go in the summer make sure to have plenty of water and sunscreen as it can get hot really fast!

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