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“Great little zoo!”
Review of Frank Buck Zoo

Frank Buck Zoo
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover Frank Buck Zoo for a one of a kind family experience. Located in 85-acre tree filled Leonard Park which offers picnic tables, two covered pavilions, a sprawling community playground, Leonard Park Aquatic Center (seasonal), and miniature train ride (seasonal). An ideal value priced day trip destination for families and youth organizations. Discounted admission available for school groups. Located right in the heart of Gainesville, Texas, the Frank Buck Zoo has been serving the children, schools and citizens of North Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma for over 50 years. Over 75,000 guests visit the Frank Buck Zoo annually. In March of 2008 the Frank Buck Zoo became home to the World's Only Frank Buck Exhibit when Frank's daughter Barbara Buck befriended the zoo staff and donated items that belonged to her father. Resulting in a fascinating collection of camp tools used to capture animals and media memorabilia from the 1930, 1940, & 1950's. Be sure to plan your zoo arrival in time to experience the 10:30am daily public giraffe feeding. Experience a "giraffe's eye-view" of the African Savannah exhibit from an elevated walkway, the exhibit is home to eight different species of animals. Pause to take in the view at the African Outpost overlooking the water hole. Be sure to have quarters on hand so little ones can feed the friendly goats.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Weatherford, Texas
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116 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great little zoo!”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

My husband and I went here with our 4yr old daughter and her grandparents. It was a wonderful little zoo with tons of interesting animals to look at. It has a great layout with lots of exhibits, but not a lot of walking. We went on a beautiful spring day and it was very busy but we still had a great time. We didn't ride the train this time, but we definitely plan to the next time we visit.

Visited March 2013
Thank Leigha R
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Decatur, Texas
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48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the best small zoos ever!”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

The Frank Buck Zoo is the perfect place to take small children, and it is also great for adults. It is very small so kids don't get tired, but small does not mean it is not excellent. We took our grandchildren when they were quite young, and they are enchanted. It is designed for meandering, and for participation. Kids got to feed the giraffe, and pet several animals. They loved it and so did we!

Visited November 2012
2 Thank elishajudah
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81 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“The Best small town zoo anywhere”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Took my kids there when they were little, now taking the grandkids. Great zoo. Plan on at least an hour.
I do miss Gerry the elephant.
Don't forget to ride the train around the park, kids of all ages love it

Visited August 2013
2 Thank TexasSarge
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Valley View
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great time at the zoo”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

We took our grand-daughter to the Frank Buck Zoo and was surprised at the improvements made over the years. It was very enjoyable. Missed seeing monkeys or lions though but I would recommend FB Zoo to anyone with children.

Visited May 2013
Thank Gerald T
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“More Looking, less walking!”
Reviewed 22 May 2013 via mobile

This zoo is awesome for little kiddos! The Ft. Worth Zoo is great, but is exhausting to walk through because of its size. Frank Buck Zoo allows you to see many animals, feed giraffes, ride a train and play at a great playground right outside-- all for a GREAT VALUE!

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Moniesuz
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