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Caldwell Zoo, Tyler

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Caldwell Zoo houses more than 3,400 animals in six distinct habitats. At this 34 ha (85 acre) site, roam around an African savanna filled with lions, zebras, elephants, and giraffes. See native animals of the Americas, such as bison, eagles, and bears from North America, and macaws, giant anteaters, and large rodents from South America. Look for the aquarium that hosts an array of fish, tortoises, and penguins from Africa, and check out the herpetarium--home to snakes, lizards, frogs, and giant tarantulas. Listen to the local parakeets, and feed the free-flying cockatiels a handful of snacks. Put Caldwell Zoo at the forefront of your travel plans using our Tyler travel itinerary planner.
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  • Last spring, they didn't have the giraffe feeding availlable yet, so we really enjoyed doing that this time. The animals all looked in great condition, and their habitats were clean and there were ple...  more »
  • I have been to several "big city" zoos but I actually enjoy this zoo more than any of those. There are many different animals to view and the zoo itself is broken up into sections. The landscaping is ...  more »
  • This is a good zoo as far as small zoos go with a collection of North American, South American and African animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and even insects on display. Great window views of river...  more »
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  • This is by far the best zoo I've been to in the last 10 years. The only other zoo that compares would be the Audubon zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. The enclosures are gorgeous and the animals are awesome. The staff is friendly, and the animals seem to enjoy themselves as well. Most of the time when I go to a zoo I feel sorry for the animals, but not at this one!! I was really impressed with the entire facility and the prices are very reasonable too. We took our time going through and spent an easy 3 and a half hours in the park.
  • I am so obsessed with our Tyler zoo!!! It is one of our family favorite spots to go. For the size of the town, this zoo is amazing! Clean, great animals to see, and now you get to feed the giraffes! The sand playground is a fun place for my kids to burn some energy, and the food at the eating area isn't bad. We get our yearly zoo passes, which is a great deal for the amount of times we go. Plus getting the zoo pass here also gives you discount rates at other zoos around the country.
  • Excellent zoo, especially for the size of the city (100K). Very clean and well the exceptional care of the birds and animals was obvious. We didn't eat in the cafe, but noticed the prices were very reasonable. Great for a family outing or a slow stroll for seniors. Don't be afraid of the heat. There's plenty of shade and enough refreshment areas.
  • This zoo is awesome sauce. If you don't see anything else, you have to see the giraffe exhibit! They have a full deck and allow visitors to feed them lettuce, for a small fee of course. All the other exhibits were nicely fully developed and the map is kid friendly. Our 4 year old daughter played Dora the Explorer w/ it as she took us around the zoo. We saw bears, lions, elephants, birthday, anteaters, monkeys...even the really small ones, otters, and schools of fish. We really enjoyed our time there. Definitely going back.
  • We've been to this zoo several times and strongly recommend it. It is well laid out and accessible to all ages. Got to see the elephants get a bath. That was very educational as well as entertaining.

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