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Houston Zoo

#3 of 298 things to do in Houston Features Animals
6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1710
+1 713-533-6500
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1710
+1 713-533-6500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I actually had a mixed group of family and we all found something to appeal to us. Many of the exhibits have been updated. The splash pad is tons of fun for the young ones. Free cups of water at every food vendor helps stay...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We love taking our kids to the Houston Zoo. Great exhibits including elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, and more. Highly recommend visiting and supporting the Houston Zoo.

Thank JasonHouston
Reviewed 2 days ago

So many animals to see and so many things to do. They just expanded their elephant habitat and it is very impressive. I could watch them for hours. Bring a picnic and you can exit the zoo and eat at Herman Park and return to...More

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We dropped everything on lovely spring day to go to the Zoo, Parking was a bear but once inside the breeze and shade on the paths felt ducky. Neither of us had been there in +/- 30 years. Really expanded and still growing. A couple...More

Thank Nancy R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I might be partial because Houston is my home town, but I have traveled and made it a point to visit zoos around the world. Nothing compares to the quality and care the animals get at the Houston Zoo. It is a true CONSERVATION zoo...More

Thank eclecticallyClaire
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love the Houston Zoo! There's a lot of animals to see. You an also feed the giraffes. The elephant encounter is also new.

Thank lu_ler1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Always go to the city's zoo when we're traveling. This Zoo is easy to navigate, very stroller friendly, and has plenty of places to cool off. There are many new exhibits and they're are constantly renovating. If your from out of town and have a...More

Thank Scott P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Get tickets ahead of time online!!! Otherwise you will spend 30min - 1hr in line waiting to purchase. Large zoo with lots of variety, but that also means lots of walking. Took about 3hrs for my wife and I to walk through, expect more time...More

Thank Clemson14
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of shade, didn't get super hot in the TX summer, & we had great food at lunch. Kids got to feed the giraffes. Our teenagers surprisingly enjoyed it! We had a wonderful day.

Thank K H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not an animal activist but my visit at the Zoo and the animals conditions made think how cruel are humans. The location is not the best for those animals, next to the massive Medical center in Houston. Come on... Have you have any idea...More

Thank Alejandra M
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Kendra L
Where's the best place to park? Does it cost anything?
9 June 2017|
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Response from Linda G | Reviewed this property |
Parking is available next to zoo. They have free parking off curb, if you can find a space by science museum but the walk is too far. I would recommend that for the park visit.
Can I take my dog
18 February 2017|
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Response from couldntcareless | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge you can only take a service animal.
How much does it cost to get in the zoo?
10 May 2016|
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Response from Lynn_484 | Reviewed this property |
Children 1 and Under – FREE Children 2-11 – $13 Adults 12-64 – $17 Senior 65+ – $10.50