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Houston Zoo, Houston

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A support line for at least 12 species' conservation programs, Houston Zoo is also home to more than 6,000 animals. The attraction is the tenth-largest zoo in North America and hosts more than 1.8 million visitors every year. Stop by the Masai giraffe area to meet the occupants up close and get a chance to feed them. Check out the 4-D movie experience, which adds mist and smells to an already thrilling 3-D film experience. Our Houston itinerary builder makes visiting Houston Zoo and other Houston attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Always love visiting the Houston Zoo. I have visited several times and have never been disappointed. 
  • The Houston Zoo has gone through quite a renovation! I love that there is so much shade throughout and a Bunch of yummy snacks! Super cool that you can eat close to the girrafe exhibit and you can eve...  more »
  • My great Nephew went to the Christmas light show and totally loved it! Beautiful Christmas lights and awesome activities! 
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  • Houston Zoo is by far one if the best Zoos on the US, especially now that they got the Gorillas back!!!!! :) it's always clean, staff is helpful and the exhibits are set up perfectly! Wonderful way to spend the day with family or friends!! And you can always find coupons or discount codes so that helps with prices! Get there early tho to get good parking
  • The zoo is always clean, and a fun place to go! They offer free admission on the first Tuesday of every month except in the summer. With two small children, I grab my stroller and snacks, and we spend the day there! Just a note; free admission starts after 12pm.
  • Love this Houston Zoo. We are members and love going. During the summer there are plenty of places and exhibits to escape the heat. The African animals (gorillas, chimps, giraffes, rhinos) have a pretty great exhibit and for a couple of dollars you can feed the giraffes. The elephants are a must see too. Check the daily schedule when you arrive for a list of daily feedings, enrichments, and keeper talks. There is also a children's zoo with a playground, North American animals, and a petting zoo. The bug exhibit is fantastic you should definitely check out the giant bugs and the wombat exhibit is right next to that. Natural encounters is a must see too.
  • As soon as you enter the Zoo, you will find on your right hand side a renovated aquarium. If you go left you will encounter the sea lions. from the entrance facing the sea lions, to your left you will find a reptile exhibit with snakes from different parts of the world, ranging from snakes found in the desert to snakes found in rain forest habitats. They have spiny tailed lizards which also live in the desert. A spectacular white alligator faces the entrance as you come in the reptile house. Amphibians, such as the poison dart frogs are also visible in the reptile house. Once you come out of the reptile house, if you go across the pond with fountains, on your right hand side, you will find birds from different parts of the world, they have an amazing exhibit of horn bills, parrots, macaws, etc. Once you come out of the ornithology section, you are at the fountain, go right towards the back of the fountain and you will come across the primates. They have a wide variety of primates from orangutans, chimpanzees, goeldi monkeys, mandrills, lemurs, and even gorillas, but the gorillas are in a totally different place, you will find them way in the back, passed the section where the giraffes and the rhinos are. Their habitat is a very well protected oasis with an outdoor and indoor spacious fenced areas where people can admire the wild beauty of these animals. For those studying botany, they have a butterfly outdoor garden and right across from that a carnivorous plant garden. In the giraffe habitat a new baby giraffe is growing, full energy and curiosity. The elephants on view are Asian elephants, in comparison to African elephants, these have smaller ears and more round heads. These are only a few examples of the some many animal species you can observe at the Houston Zoo along with plants and other attractions.
  • I went to this zoo for the first time in over 10 years and what I learned is that you need to plan ahead. The parking situation is HORRENDOUS! I drove around looking for a spot to park for at least 30 minutes. I would suggest getting there before they open. The zoo is huge so having a planned out walking trip would be ideal. If you have small kiddos I would suggest renting one of their wagons (of different sizes) up near the entrance. It was a blast in the past attending this zoo again. Everything is well kept up with and there are many spots to take a break.