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Dallas Zoo, Dallas

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#4 of 17 in Parks in Dallas
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. Use our Dallas planning website to add Dallas Zoo and other attractions to your Dallas vacation plans.
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  • I've been to zoos in other cities around the country, and the Dallas Zoo ranks high in my opinion of being one of the best. Take your time, because there's a great deal to see. Take the elevate train ...  more »
  • The zoo train was really fun....extra nice if it's 100 degrees farenheit outside. Love the mix of elephants, giraffes, deer all in the same compound. Smaller than FT Worth zoo so easier for small chil...  more »
  • Having traveled extensively and spent time in South Africa on photo safari- I was particularly impressed by the award winning Giants of the Savanna habitat - The Dallas zoo is the first zoo in North A...  more »
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  • My first visit to the Dallas Zoo was in 1980.., it saddened me to see the exotic animals in small pens and cages. I was very happy to actually help in making a difference when the African Savanna exhibit was being built in 2009. I enjoy seeing the animals frolic freely and the joy of the children and their parents as they take-in a much happier scene than I first saw ,so many years ago. Know that you are supporting the health and happiness of the animals, as well as future generations of children, when you purchase tickets to the Dallas Zoo.
  • I'll be honest. I'm from Dallas so I'm giving the full five stars because of my home town love. We went this weekend while the weather was in the 60s. Everything was super enjoyable and all of the staff was friendly. The children's zoo was perfect for our 19 month old. I suspect it might be a bit too basic for kids over 5 tho. The zoo layout was easy to navigate with a stroller. Be prepared for about 2 hours to see the zoo in full and that's hustling. We ate at one of the cafe's near the monkeys. Expensive but the food was very good. I wish there were some bears and more cats. I did not see any of the reptile exhibits. Looking forward to another family outing in the spring.
  • I LOVE this zoo!! The elephant enclosure is spacious and they only use positive reinforcement for training. Feeding the giraffes is a great experience. And the volunteers/staff are friendly and knowledgeable. There are wheelchair accessible vantage points at nearly every exhibit and mist fans during the summer. Highly recommend!!
  • This is perhaps one of the best zoo's around the world that I've been to. Great place to take those curious kids and animal lovers. We went there during the Halloween season for trick or treating event. We didn't realize how quick time went by or maybe we were just having too much fun.
  • Fun, fun, and fun! It is a lovely place to spend a whole day JUST remember to pack the following: 1- enough water and drinks 2- lunch and snack 3- good camera to take memorable photos 4- a picnic mat so that you can relax and enjoy watching the view. It is good to bring a cooler with you if you have one or a wagon to put all of your stuff and drag it. If you don't have one you could rent it for 10$. Also you MUST wear comfortable shoes as you will walk for LONG. During this time of the year, don't forget to apply enough sunblock with water resistant before you go especially for the kids.

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