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Houston Zoo

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Address: 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1710
Phone Number:
+1 713-533-6500
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience...

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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Gorgeous property. Great staff. So much to see and do. Wide variety of animals. Great way to spend an entire day.

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Amber D
Canton, Illinois
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Canton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gorgeous property. Great staff. So much to see and do. Wide variety of animals. Great way to spend an entire day.

Thank Amber D
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This zoo is well laid out and customer friendly. The park surrounding it is well maintained and offers activities for all ages. The museums and art centers are close by.

Thank Sparks19552014
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We probably go to the zoo once a month. The animals always look very healthy and awake when we visit. They always have special events at different times of the year. The Zoo Boo and the Zoo Lights are our favorites.

Thank Peter V
Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a rainy day, so a lot of the animals were hiding indoors, which was understandable. The zoo would be a lot better if they made an effort to improve the drainage for the walk ways as some areas were impassable, meaning you had to find another, much longer way to get to the desired area. There were,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went during Zoo Lights. I wish we had gone earlier in the day so the animals were more active but still a fun trip.

Thank Kevin E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's nice to visit on a pleasing morning we enjoyed a lot specially the fish jelly and the reptile elephants watching was good similarly the milk giving to tiger was awesome only u hv to reach before 9:30 to get parking

Thank Madhav J
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very well laid out and plenty to see and do here. The animals all looked healthy and happy. There is plenty of shade and really liked the setup of this zoo. The only thing that annoyed me was having so many school groups running around. They were very loud and obnoxious, but that's school groups for you. Try to visit... More 

Thank CS D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm a native Houstonian and I would say anytime is a good time to go to the zoo ( even if you can stand the heat in the summer). There are lots of air conditioned facilities and it's always clean. There are many animals to see and the maps are very easy to read. Great for kids and family. Tons... More 

Thank Desire D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We very impressed with the Houston zoo visit. The animals all looked very healthy and well taken care of. It was fun to feed the giraffes for a fee of $7. They allow you to bring coolers in for drinks and picnic food. I totally encourage this as the sodas are about $3 for 16 oz. Parking is a real... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great visit to this zoo, it's just the right size for children. We struggled to find parking and it cut into our visit time. Though frustrating, we were still able to see everything we wanted in the time we had. We went on the weekend when it was at full capacity but it will still very manageable and pleasant. The... More 

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