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Amarillo Zoo, Amarillo

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Founded in 1955 the Amarillo Zoo is a place to share the wonders of the animal world with kids of all ages. The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Here, you'll do more than just look...you'll experience the animal world.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This is a small zoo but it's not in a huge city either. This place is really well kept and clean. The people are really friendly and helpful. They sometimes have special events. It's easy walking and ...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    We arrived early enough that it wasn't yet hot. VERY inexpensive entry fee ($10 total for the three of us). Staff was VERY friendly and helpful. There is a small concessions area, but it was too soon ...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    This zoo is very small, however it has some of the best animal habits I've seen. The tigers and lions are in cages that you can walk up to. It was so cool to see them so close. My daughter loved the r...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Amarillo doesn't have a very large zoo. They do however focus on local species. They also have 3 lions, two bengal tigers and a black bear. It's a quick walk and educational. I think it would be really great if they would find a use for the original entrance other than storage. It is a truly unique piece of architecture. They have a very nice reptile and amphibian exhibit.
  • June 10, 2017
    Monday is free day. This is very great way to shake up the summer. My girls got to hang out with a bunch of kids their age. The animals are awesome. The only bummer is the interactive part is closed.
  • March 16, 2017
    I had been here before and enjoyed the setting. My wife and I recently took our 2 year old to this zoo, and it was a lot of fun. There is not too much to see, like the zoos in Houston or Dallas, and you are able to get really close to the animals. For the overall experience, and for a morning or an afternoon visit, this zoo is amazing. I would recommend for kids or for adults. The nearby playgrounds and Wonderland make for a great family day trip.
  • May 31, 2017
    Lots of staff constantly complaining about their job and benefits, animals not well cared for. Several animals with damaged hoofs and needing baths as some had fur issues. Many enclosures were too small for the animals. Animals water was severely dirty in many enclosures. Many monitors where the reptiles were are broken. It my need donations for many improvements. In horse enclosure no one fixed their little hut so the roof part is still on the ground. This zoo needs a lot more caring personnel or I fear it will close down. The donkey had nibble wonds from no bath and it's wond constantly attacked by flies. These animals some need medical care (birds, horses, donkey, longhorn, & bison are some of the very noticeable ones.)
  • June 14, 2017
    3 stars because we caught it in a free monday. Would have been sad had I paid. Not too bad for a little zoo. Many empty animal spots and no concession stand.

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Homestyle and boutique bed and breakfasts offer Texas hospitality near the downtown area. Chain hotels downtown fill up fast in the weeks prior to the rodeo, so book early to secure your desired room. Some of these hotels offer luxury suites and extra services, such as spas. Another popular option is camping in the desert to get a taste of the cowboy life.
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