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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Address: 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone Number: 956-546-7187
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of...
Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
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The grounds are gorgeous and there's plenty of shade. The aquarium addition is awesome. They have a ray touch tank and plenty of aquariums to look in. Stairs/steps were a nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The grounds are gorgeous and there's plenty of shade. The aquarium addition is awesome. They have a ray touch tank and plenty of aquariums to look in. Stairs/steps were a nice addition under some of the tanks so the little ones can get up and take a look for themselves. Sink, soap, sanitizer and paper towels are available for after... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was nice walking in! Knowing how hOT it is there they should have more water dispensers and maybe water mists! The Australian part of the visit was sad looking at the sad caged up kangaroos! Walking around u see a lot of untouched construction that should have been marked off limits better

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This place is very well kept. Some areas are under construction to make it better. It is a must go to in Brownsville. They also have a new aquarium with sting rays you can touch.

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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was in Brownsville for a sports tournament and was looking for something to do for an afternoon and am SO GLAD I found the Gladys Porter Zoo. Its a fairly small zoo, I believe you could take your time walking through it and see everything in 2 hours or so. I spent about 5 hours there, just meandering around,... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a surprise. Made a trip over from SPI for an afternoon and found this great zoo. The animals were all active and well taken care of. The zoo's breeding program was impressive. An excellent experience.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I was at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownville this weekend, AWFUL condition of the zoo. Dirty water and bugs in the animal’s food, dirty enclosures they are in bad need of being cleaned out. area’s too small for the animals, the gorilla looked depressed, the kangaroo enclosure to small for the number or Kangaroo’s. Alligator enclosure was so small.... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It was cool to see animals that weren't hiding. You get very close to the animals and their petting zoo was fun and educational as you see the keepers care for baby animals.

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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a really good Zoo. Yes, as some previous comments state this is a small zoo in need of some repair but you see them actually working on it. There is a smell in one area near the spider monkeys but it's pretty much to be expected. It is a Zoo after all. The only thing I felt sad... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Awesome zoo with lots of things to see, we went in May 2014 and the only complain was that it was super hot. Spring and fall would probably be a better time to visit :)

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Rancho Viejo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Always fun for the kids. They offer excellent learning opportunities is summer with an array of classes. Lunch is provided. Animal interaction here causes a lot of excitement. Kids enjoy touching snakes, playing with lizards, holding opposums and feeding the alligators and rhinos. Many more memorable experiences that you will not get anywhere else. The staff is excellent with the... More 

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Additional Information about Gladys Porter Zoo

Address: 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone Number: 956-546-7187
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Brownsville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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