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Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
713-533-6500
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As featured in Houston for young kids
Ranked #17 of 173 Attractions in Houston
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Type: Zoos
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a... more » Owner description: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have over 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Buffalo, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Not all zoos are created equal! This is one of the best I've been to...very clean, and that's important to me when visiting a zoo! Employees are friendly and helpful. There are plenty of "chillout" zones with restrooms and water fountains. Food/drink prices are reasonable, and there is a decent selection. Gift shop prices are expensive, but that's to be... More

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Humble, Tx
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My daughter and some of her friends wanted to go to the zoo so I took them all. It's fun but it's just like every zoo...it seems that a good portion of exhibits are always under construction so you never get to see everything.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The Houston Zoo across from the Medical Center is a great day trip for a family of young kids. Ours are 4, 5 & 6 and it is just about perfect. Most of the venues for animal watching are "kid friendly" meaning you will not have to hold them up or prop them up to see. My personal favorite are... More

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Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I think it is number one attraction in houston ..it has lots of exhibits ..it has a cool breeze even on the hottest days

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Needed more time but some more sign-age would have helped. The special exibits, ask for more info, 2 grown men going into a kiddies exibit, may raise some eyebrows. Restaurant food was great!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

good for a visit with the family and enjoy the weather. I hope to come back pretty soon to have a great time

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Howell, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I really enjoyed the visit - made me feel like a kid again. The variety and the number of animals is excellent. If you have small kids, make sure you bring something to push the kids in; the zoo is big and it can be tiring for the youngsters. Now that it's summer, best to go early as possible to... More

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Katy, Texas
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Here is my problem I have with the Houston zoo, I am a disabled veteran with over an 80% rating. I served for 15 years and was injured overseas and I cannot get in for free, but someone on food stamps can. Yes, it is a great thing to help the underprivileged, however if they are going to do this... More

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Douglasville, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have a family tradition of going to the zoo at least once a summer wherever we are living at the time. So far our favorite has been I The Cincinnati Zoo, but Houston was a close second, or maybe tied. Better than Atlanta for what you get for the money. It was very hot on the day we went... More

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Houston, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We started our day at the zoo by planning it on line. Thought we might find some discounts and such along with information so we could better plan our day. We found two discounts that we planned to take advantage of. The first was a discount for people who receive social service help. That discount was null and void at... More

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