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Gladys Porter Zoo

500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520
956-546-7187
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Gladys Porter Zoo is one of the best small zoos in the country. Beautifully landscaped habitats make it like taking a walk in the park; a wild and... more »
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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157 reviews 157 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What a pleasure it is to walk this zoo. I've seen the best zoos in the world and imo this could be one of them. Some of the exhibits are dated but you can see they are changing things around to a more modern view. The zoo wraps and wanders around so much you think you are lost. That's the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

The zoo has been better. I feel that more attention needs to be to the animals. Will probably return again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have our family membership. My kids enjoy going their. The new aquarium is really nice. The petting zoo is also very nice.

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Brownsville, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visit at least four times a year, plus special events. There is a petting zoo, and park towards the back. We usually go when it's very hot out and never make it there.

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McAllen, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Having visited over 75 zoos nationally and globally, I can attest to the predominantly positive reviews of this zoo. It is very well laid out, accessible even during crowded periods, well-maintained and clean. It is small by current standards, but the advantage of this is that the top-quality staff here can concentrate on excellent care and maintenance for the impressive... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We decided to make the trip from SPI to Brownsville to visit the zoo as I'd heard so many positive things about it. The best thing about this zoo for us were the great apes. We were excited to see the Oran gutans, chimps and gorillas, all of which are not found in our local zoo. The animals were lively... More

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El Paso, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This zoo is definitely worth visiting! It wasn't too crowed and the weather was prefect. The orangutans are so cute and friendly, especially the baby. Try to go a little early because I was not able to see the whole zoo. We got there at 3 and lost track of time, they close at 5. The reason I didn't give... More

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Houston
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My family and I love this zoo! The animals seem happier and more active in this zoo than other zoos. Just a great zoo overall, I would highly recommend it.

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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I had time to kill before our flight back home and decided to take in the zoo. We are very glad we did. You can go through it in a couple of hours. It is very nicely landscaped with trees and small ponds and a stream running through it. It has excellent exhibits of gorillas, chimpanzees, and... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This zoo is small in comparison to others we have visited. Small or not it was very nice. The exhibits were clean and the animals looked very healthy. The place is well shaded with plenty of sitting areas. We didn't buy food but the gift shop was reasonably priced. My only complaint was that the rhinoceros pin was hidden a... More

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