Trip Planner:   USA  /  Texas  /  Texas Gulf Coast  /  Houston  /  Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo, Houston

4.4
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. Plan your Houston Zoo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Houston using our Houston trip planner .
Create an itinerary including Houston Zoo
map
Houston Zoo Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
3,310 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • October 4, 2017
    The most impressive exhibit is the giraffe area where you can feed the giraffes. They walk right up to you and eat the romaine lettuce leaf out of your hand. The feeding times are 11 and 2 so you don'...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Highly recommend you visiting this zoo. There is a big variety of species and even have a petting area. Be prepared to walk as its pretty big in size. One attraction that I am still missing to see is ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    i HAD SUCH a good time it was amazing. Lots of animals and I loved the elephants I stayed around that area for awhile taking tons of pictures. I cant wait to come back!!!  more »
Google
  • July 5, 2017
    Wonderful Zoo! Organized, clean and family friendly. You can bring in your own food and water. Also, bring a swim suit and towel for the splash pad. There are cooling mist stations around the zoo as well. Great way to spend some time in Houston. Would recommend getting there right at 9am when they open before it gets too warm.
  • June 16, 2017
    The zoo is amazing. Very clean and they have a lot of animals here. The animals have a good amount of space. Also feeding the giraffes is so much fun! For like $7 you can feed them big pieces of lettuce and they'll eat it from your hand. Definitely must try that
  • July 4, 2017
    Houston Zoo Lights was ok. If you plan on attending, buy your tickets in advance. If you don't, the lines are crazy long! Also, make sure that you read where you need to park so that the trams will pick you up! You won't be able to park in the "normal," park area. There's simply too many people trying to attend this annual event. On the other hand, if you attend the Houston Zoo during daylight hours, you won't be disappointed. The zoo is one of the best in the country, and it is highly underestimated.
  • June 2, 2017
    Great free parking. Good selection of animals to view. I wish there was more information on things like how big the animals get, age they live to, etc. The app could use since overhaul. Overall though our experience was very fun! Good indoor cooling off areas. Food was good, just pricey - will bring our own next time.
  • July 9, 2017
    Amazing and clean establishment covering various types of animals and they seem to be well taken care of. It's not just for profit but it also aims to educate the public about conservation. Even though it was hot, the map can tell you where the indoor cold spots are. Food is a bit pricy but they allow outside food. The place is also clean and barely smells (as expected). It is massive! So you'll need the whole day. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Parking can be difficult but it's free.

Plan your trip to Houston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Houston

If you come to Houston to splurge while on holiday, book a luxurious room at a downtown hotel. This area is an ideal base for getting to know Houston, offering you a chance to stay within walking distance of one of the country's largest theater districts. Houston bills itself as the "Energy Capital of the World," so it's no surprise that it houses many "green" hotels, their garages designed to cater to electric vehicle owners. For something completely different, enjoy a Texas country experience at a working ranch outside the city limits.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Houston by other users

4 days in Houston & Phoenix BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Austin, San Antonio & Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Houston BY A USER FROM MEXICO October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Houston BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 43 days in United States BY A USER FROM POLAND December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in United States, Brisbane & Calgary BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARUBA December, kids, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans