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Dallas Zoo, Dallas

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With over 2,000 animals and well over 900,000 human visitors a year, Dallas Zoo is the largest zoo in Texas. Established in 1888 with just a pair of deer and a pair of mountain lions, the park now has grown to house over 400 distinct species of animals. The zoo is the only of its kind in the United States to house mixed animal enclosures with elephants living with other species. Over 70 species of poisonous reptiles also call the zoo home. If you're a penguin fan, you will want to check out the specialized penguin cove to see the little critters interact both above and under the water. Put Dallas Zoo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dallas travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Good time for all! Lots to see! Suggestion: -bring a stroller because the push cart rentals are rundown, dirty, and the wheels do not work...(& that was the best after going through about 5). -take th...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Even on a hot day, the Dallas Zoo is a fun place to go! There are air-conditioned cafes and exhibits, misting stations, and shady spots to help keep you cool. The zoo is home to about 2,000 animals, s...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We spent a total of 4 hours there. When I say wwear walking shoes I mean it! Everything was very clean and well kept. The gift shop was nice and prices were avg.  more »
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  • May 11, 2017
    If you are an animal lover, have small children, or simply want to escape the city life with something relaxing and nature worthy, Dallas Zoo is a great idea and trip to enjoy. Easy access by DART train takes you right into the entrance, so you can avoid parking fees and traffic. Prices are reasonable for entry, food and everything else can be a bit pricey. Pack a backpack with drinks and sandwiches or snacks to save a lot of money there. The food court is actually decent with good food, cool and ample seating should you decide to try it. There are plenty of eye catching exhibits, beautiful animals, and enough walkways and shaded areas with lush vegetation to ensure a good workout for you and your little ones. Zoo staff and maintenance ensure a safe and peaceful experience throughout the park. Highly recommended.
  • June 27, 2017
    There are two separate sides. We did the first side and it about knocked me out with the heat, so I would start in the Africa part first. There's the more interesting animals there, in my opinion. (Gorillas, lion, giraffes..which you can feed, and penguins) The souvenir cup drinks were only $5 and food seemed reasonable for being a zoo. I was pretty impressed. There's a little safari rail ride you can take across the Africa part, which seemed pretty cool. By the time I got to that part, I was just ready to go.
  • June 20, 2017
    This place was so much more than we expected. For being located within the busy hustle and bustle of the center of Dallas; you totally feel as if you've left the city completely. I loved how the zoo used the space it had. There is plenty of shade for when the heat sets in; however, you definitely want to get there early when all the animals are out and about. Once it gets too hot, they're less active and just want to sleep. There is a children's zoo area as well with many hands on activities, a play area, splash zone, petting zoo and learning opportunities. If you're making a day of it, being a cooler with some snacks, lunch and plenty of water. There are restaurants and food stands available as well if that is what you prefer. We really enjoyed this place and actually preferred it over the zoo we have back home. Feeding the giraffes was fun and for $5 you get a lot of leaves and carrots. Would recommend to anybody.
  • June 29, 2017
    With a teenager and a toddler it's not always easy to entertain both in one destination, until the DALLAS ZOO!!!!!! From the monorail to feeding the giraffes, our family is so enthused to visit again and again. So much so that we have bought a membership and renewed it. The staff is extremely personable and knowledgeable, animals are well kept. This zoo is beautiful and there are so many well maintained exhibits. During the month July they open until 9pm on Saturdays!!!! There are vendors and live bands, the perfect ending to a day at the zoo.
  • April 21, 2017
    Overall the Dallas Zoo is a great place to spend a few hours and worth the price of admission. The park is clean and well maintained. Zoo keepers are very friendly and eager to answer questions about the animals they care for. There are lots of educational talks all over the park throughout the day by the staff but they really need an app to alert you when a talk is about to begin. Before buying tickets on the Wilds of Africa tram ride you might want to ask if all the exhibits are open. Several were closed for tree trimming the day we rode.

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Though the downtown area offers more high-end accommodations, the heaviest concentration of hotels in Dallas is in the northern part of the city. Staying in this area while on holiday allows you to choose from a range of affordable and comfortable lodgings just a short drive from the city's major attractions. Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may find it more convenient to stay close to the airport or near the city's amusement parks. A budget-friendly alternative, the northern suburbs offer decent accommodations and plenty of shops and restaurants.
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